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Friday, 18 May

22:00

Israel takes NZ to task "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I am pleased to see Israel taking the virtue-signalling of Jacinda Ardern and the government to task after the prime minister decided that tut-tutting in support of 50 dead Hamas terrorirsts was preferable to supporting a democratic country protecting its borders. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: Relations between Israel and New Zealand have been further [] The post Israel takes NZ to task appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:34

Peters and a handsome horse called Neoliberalism "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This weeks budget highlights a big contrast between what Winston Peters has said and what he does. Talking the bucking the system bronco talk in opposition, but trotting along with the establishment for a dividend of baubles. In past years Peters speeches has condemned National, capitalism and neoliberalism, but this weeks budget has been described []

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

21:15

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

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

21:00

Budget 2018 Some reactions and commentary "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From RNZ a number of reactions to Robertsons Budget 2018.

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mnr-20180518-0640-budget_2018_where_did_grant_robertson_deliver-128.mp3

There were coalition lamingtons and Budget Day cheese rolls. But was there the promised cash? Finance Minister Grant Robertson promised big spending in health and education and on housing and infrastructure. He also promised to stick to his Budget Responsibility Rules and deliver a surplus. Political reporter Gia Garrick looks at whether he delivered on those promises.

Then on the reduction in some health costs

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mnr-20180518-0644-budget_2018_cheaper_gp_visits_a_highlight_for_many-128.mp3

Half a million people will soon be able to visit the doctor for less, after yesterdays budget announced GP visits will be slashed by up to $30 for Community Services Card holders. 53,000 more children will be able to go for no cost at all, as the age for free visits rises from 13 to 14. Reporter Emma Hatton spoke to Wellington locals just moments after the announcement, to see what they thought.

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mnr-20180518-0645-budget_2018_boost_not_enough_for_midwives-128.mp3

Community midwives have been telling the government the service is in crisis and rural midwives are getting out. Charlie Ferris who works in Central Otago says the Budget funding boost of $103 million over four years still wont be enough to stop some leaving. She spoke to our reporter Nita Blake-Persen about the increase including the 8....

21:00

Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Saturdays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

Image result for quotes marriage

A prefect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.

 

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is neatnik (noun) One who is habitually neat and orderly. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Neatnik was formed in opposition to the supposedly scruffy, unshaven beatnik (coined in 1958). The suffix -nik, still unnaturalised in English, is of immediate Yiddish origin, from Slavic (Russian, Ukrainian). English peacenik, also [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 19 21 You can make many plans, but the Lords purpose will prevail. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:20

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:45

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits south of Kermadec Islands, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit south of the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 01:45 UTC on May 18, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10.6 km (6.6 miles). The epicenter was located 544.2 km (338.1 miles) NE of Opotiki...... Read more

14:05

World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

May 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1499  Catherine of Aragon, was married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales. Catherine was 13 and Arthur 12.

1535  Jacques Cartier set sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnaconas two sons (whom Cartier had kidnapped during his first voyage).

1536  Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII , was beheaded for adultery, treason, and incest.

1568  Queen Elizabeth I of England ordered the arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots.

1643 Thirty Years War : French forces under the duc dEnghien decisively defeated Spanish forces at the Battle of Rocroi, marking the symbolic end of Spain as a dominant land power.

1649  An Act of Parliament declaring England a Commonwealth was passed by the Long Parliament.

1749 King George II granted the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.

1780 New Englands Dark Day: A combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud cover caused complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 10:30 A.M.

1795  Johns Hopkins, American philanthropist, was born  (d. 1873).

1802  Napoleon Bonaparte founded the Lgion dHonneur.

1828 President John Quincy Adams signsedthe Tariff of 1828 into law, protecting wool manufacturers in the United States.

1846 Thomas Brunner, Kehu, a Ngati Tumatakokiri Maori, and Charles Heaphy reached Mawhera Pa.

Brunner, Kehu and Heaphy reach Mawhera pa

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13:08

In Gaza, Israel counts on army snipers over non-lethal arsenal "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The world is clearly horrified, as it should be. There seems to be no one, even in the msm, making excuses for Israels repulsive actions, as this item from the Sydney Morning Herald demonstrates: By Jonathan Ferziger 18 May 2018 1:18pm Skunk water, sticky foam, sponge grenades and tear gas-spraying drones are among the []

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12:29

New Zealand blue whales research "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This 2017 video says about itself:

See Blue Whales Lunge For Dinner in Beautiful Drone Footage | National Geographic

Scientists filming in the South Ocean off the coast of New Zealand captured this stunning footage of a blue whale eating a mass of krill. The whales can grow up to the length of three school buses and require a lot of energy to accelerate in the water. They speed up to about 6.7 miles just before consuming the krill, and the act of opening their mouth slows them down to about 1.1 miles per hour. They then have to expend even more energy to get back up to speed. All of this energy spent may lead the whales to be picky eaters, if the mass of krill is too small they may swim through without opening their mouth to feed.

From Oregon State University in the USA:

New Zealand has its own population of blue whales

May 17, 2018

A group of blue whales that frequent the South Taranaki Bight (STB) between the North and South islands of New Zealand appears to be part of a local population that is genetically distinct from other blue whales in the Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean, a new study has found.

The whales show a high level of residency, researchers say, as hydrophones deployed in the region recorded blue whale calls on 99.7 percent of the days between January and December in 2016.

The study, led by Oregon State Universitys Marine Mammal Institute, is important because the Sou...

11:00

Friday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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10:52

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The more often we see the things around us even the beautiful and wonderful things the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. Joseph B Wirthlin

Tonight Im grateful for the things I see so often, and the reminder not to see them less.

10:30

Hatikva national anthem played on restored Jewish Holocaust violins "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Hatikva national anthem played on restored Jewish Holocaust violins appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Friday feline "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:30

What male feminists have in common with sneaky male cuttlefish "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Sneaky males in the cuttlefish world: parallels have been made with human males who pose as feminists. The post What male feminists have in common with sneaky male cuttlefish appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:15

How Hamas forces civilians to participate in violence against Israel "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A Hamas terrorist who reached the border fence between Gaza and Israel caught on camera explaining how Hamas forces civilians to participate in violence against Israel The post How Hamas forces civilians to participate in violence against Israel appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Mark Steyn: Birth rates and why France cannot survive "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz This talk is really good from Mark Steyn, now 8 years old, but so relevant. Western society has moved so far away from the family, and birth rates so low, compounding by breeding a population that doesnt want to work [] The post Mark Steyn: Birth rates and why France cannot survive appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

07:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:02

Shallow 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near New Zealand coast "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A MAJOR 6.2 magnitude earthquake has hit the coast near the coast of New Zealand, 599km from Tauranga at 1:45pm local time (2:45am BST). The quake was recorded South of the Kermadec Islands. It has a depth of 10.6 km. The earthquake occurred after a series of 15 other quakes hit New Zealand in quick succession, sparking fears that there could be a 'big one' on its way. Four of the 15 had a magnitude of four or higher when they struck Seddon, on the south island over the weekend and are believed to be aftershocks from the destructive Kaikoura earthquake in 2016. Government body GeoNet Science Tweeted "It's been a shaky weekend for the top of the South Island. "These are likely to be aftershocks from the Kaikoura Earthquake."

07:00

Workers of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How well do you know our wonderful Whaleoil workers? Can you match the Whaleoil worker to the photo of their Whaleoil workplace? We have 30+ workers at Whaleoil so for every post I will give you four possibilities to choose from. You will also be given a clue. Yesterdays wonderful Whaleoil worker was A) johcar Here [] The post Workers of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

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

The successes of New Zealands old white men, rather than being pilloried by a young(ish) yankee wannabe, should be shouted from the rooftops.  And why not, when our man of the days name is Rafter? Quote: Thomas Athol Rafter (known as Athol) was born in Wellington on 5 March 1913. [] He was educated at [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Contubernal  occupying the same tent; living in close proximity; cohabitation; intimate; familiar.

06:27

Remembering the Departed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know []

06:00

Apparently, this is not satire "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Out of a desire to not mock the afflicted, I have not included the authors name nor linked to the website where this was first published. Quote: I lose sleep over climate change almost every single night. I cant remember how long this has been happening, but its been quite a while, and its only [] The post Apparently, this is not satire appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:30

Nine To Noon: NZ Music "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nine To Noon on NZ Music Month 

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ntn-20180518-1106-new_zealand_music_month_-_do_we_need_it-128.mp3

The sonically patriotic Grant Smithies is celebrating New Zealand Music Month with great local songs from Carb On Carb, Troy Kingi, Ha The Unclear and Being.

05:29

Two Police Alerts "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Police warn of two scams which could affect people in our area fake $50 notes and scam phone calls. Be aware []

05:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ive just found Wednesdays gratitude post in drafts so here it is, late but none the less relevant for that.

Earth laughs in flowers. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Autumn is making its mark in my garden but theres still plenty of colour: roses are blooming, naked ladies (Belladonna Amaryllis), are flowering and self-sown cornflowers are flourishing.

Today Im grateful for evidence than the earth is still laughing in my garden.

05:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:30

Classic Drama: Lillie with Francesca Annis E03/13 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Sorry this is out of order, due to timing error on my part

04:30

Oh, no: Its worser than worse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Breathless headlines in New Scientist Quote: Worst-case climate change scenario is even worse than we thought The phrase worse than we thought is a clich when it comes to climate change. There are lots of studies suggesting were in for more warming and worse consequences than thought, and few saying it wont be as bad. [] The post Oh, no: Its worser than worse appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The global map of different writing systems The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Wild West meat market Ruby Nyika:

Complaints about food being sold illegally on social media and Trade Me have almost doubled over the past three years.

Illegal online meat sales alone nearly tripled, the Ministry for Primary Industries says. 

Its a way to offload excess home kill and for buyers to shave dollars off meat costs, Tauwhare Home Kills owner Trevor Brunton said. 

But selling unlicensed meat raw or cooked online is illegal, and home-kill meat is particularly risky. . . 

Changes may lead to unforeseen problems Pam Tipa:

Imposing changes on farming without considering wider issues such as economic and community impacts could cause unforeseen problems out ahead, says Robyn Dynes, science impact leader, AgResearch.

He was referring to Minister for the Environment David Parker saying nutrient limits may be used to reduce cow numbers.

Dynes says requirements or targets for reducing nutrient losses on farms are nothing new in many regions; most farmers are already moving that way. . . 

Good surge in strong wool prices heartening Alan WIlliams:

Wool prices made a major advance at Thursdays Christchurch wool sale, on large volume.

Prices remain at a low ebb but the move was heartening following gradual recent improvement, PGG Wrightsons South Island sale manager Dave Burridge said.

The wool pipeline was moving through international markets without any stockpiles building up and a weaker NZ dollar, just below US$0.70, helped underpin the solid demand from a full gallery of buyers. . .

03:30

Plastic fantastic or not, its your choice "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Id choose titanium over plastic any day if I had a choice for surgical reconstruction or organ support. Unfortunately, New Zealand women who need bladder or gynaecological repair work dont get that choice. There are very few options available for treating pelvic floor disorders, so we get plastic mesh. Over the years there have been [] The post Plastic fantastic or not, its your choice appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Should New Zealands Public health care system fund Homeopathy?     The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Ghost houses "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It was bound to happen. Once you have a government that indicates it wants to tax everything that moves, and a few things that dont, journalists crawl out of the woodwork all over the place with new ideas as to how this can be done. This from Stuff today. Quote: The locals call them ghost houses, and [] The post Ghost houses appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Fridays answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Thursdays questions were:

1. Who said: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds, . .

2. What are the four Cs by which diamonds are measured?

3. Its novio in Spanish and marena hou in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who sang Im getting Married in the Morning and in which musical?

5. The royal wedding is  . . . ?

Alwyn wins a virtual wedding cake for answering them all. Youre right that novio has several meanings, but in the context of the other questions I was looking for bridegroom. I used Google Translate for the Maori, am willing to accept your suggestion.

Answers follow the break

1. William Shakespeare

2.Cut, clarity, colour, carat.

3. Bridegroom

4. Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

5. The Royal Wedding first and foremost is the commitment to marriage by Harry and Meghan. Its also a celebration for their friends and families, an opportunity for celebration for royal watchers and anyone else who loves a wedding and to carry on with life for those who dont.

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Big Ben on the Thames from 10th floor Park Plaza Hotel. 1st May 0730. window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line. The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

10 things about the Gaza clashes that the mainstream media wont tell you "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Shalom.Kiwi explains the 10 things the media isnt telling or asking you: Quote: The mainstream media in NZ and elsewhere is currently awash with bias, ignorance and misinformation about the conflict on the Gaza border that resulted in the deaths of 60 Palestinians. Here are 10 points you are very unlikely to hear: This was not [] The post 10 things about the Gaza clashes that the mainstream media wont tell you appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

The Punching Judy puppet show: Episode 1 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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00:48

Book Review: The Aussie Slap "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A controversial and daring novel, The Slap uses the iconic scene of a suburban barbeque to examine identities and personal []

00:30

Thanks McCully, a legacy of law suits "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Murray McCully has left a nasty little landmine, and guess who else is involved? Quote: Taxpayers could fork out more over the Saudi sheep deal with the Government now facing legal action over the troubled project. An Auckland-based company has started legal proceedings against the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) in the [] The post Thanks McCully, a legacy of law suits appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:04

Kelp Forests Under Threat From Acid Seas "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Australian scientists have identified a risk to the kelp forests of the oceans, a new way in which carbon dioxide can change the world. Ever more acidic oceans could encourage weedy submarine grasslands to replace the rich habitats of the coastal kelp forests.

Although most climate change forecasts are based on computer simulation, this one has been tested in the real world. The scientists used natural volcanic seeps rich in carbon dioxide to observe the changes to sea floor ecosystems as water chemistry changes with greater levels of dissolved CO2.

Carbon emissions might boost plant life in the oceans, but not all plant life will benefit equally, said Sean Connell, of the Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide.

Weedy species are quicker to capitalise on nutrients, such as carbon, and can grow faster than their natural predators can consume them.

Weedy turf wins

Unfortunately, the CO2 that humans are pumping into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels gets absorbed by the ocean and favours weedy turfs, which replace kelp forests that support higher coastal productivity and biodiversity.

He and colleagues from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Italy and Hong Kong report in the journal Ecology that they made a series of samples of submarine plant growth at natural volcanic vents in New Zealands Bay of Plenty: they looked at rocky reefs on which grew a mosaic of kelp and turf algae, along barren stretches grazed by sea urchins and a native New Zealand mollusc.

They chose the sites because the levels of carbon dioxide and therefore the measures of acidity in the water were roughly what climate scientists would predict for the end of this century, if humans go on releasing greenhouse gases.

They found that ecosystems changed with shifts in water chemistry. While elevated CO2 caused some weeds to be eaten in greater amounts, the dominant sea urchin predator ate these weeds at reduced amounts. This enabled the weeds to escape their natural controls and expand across coasts near the elevated CO2, Professor Connell said.

The slow but inexorable changes in ocean acidity will have inevitable consequences for coastal protection offered by natural ecosystems. Kelp forests provide habitat or nourishment for seals, sea otters, sea lions, whales, cormorants, gulls, terns and shore birds as well as fish. There is evid...

00:00

Remember the ninja? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of the things the government are looking at, to help people into private housing, is interest-free mortgages. This would take the form of a shared equity scheme, and would provide a second mortgage to first-time home buyers. This from Newstalk ZB: Quote: New Zealanders seeking a home could be given access to a second, interest-free mortgage [] The post Remember the ninja? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Thursday, 17 May

23:41

Photo of the Week Hawaiian Ukuleles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hawaiian names Eva and Geoffrey Churchman from Waikanae are in Hawaii and have noticed similarities in place names. No Waikanae []

23:31

Our money not theirs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

Taxpayers Union chair Barrie Saunders calls it a classic Labour Budget:

Robertsons first budget was written in extraordinarily benign circumstances. The economy is growing at a sustainable rate of around 3%, tax revenues for the June 2018 year will exceed Budget 2017 estimates, unemployment is down to 4.5%, employment levels are very high at 73.1%, and public debt at 21.7% of GDP is low and trending downwards. 

The economy is in vastly better shape than any new Government has inherited since 1972. That year Labour leader Norman Kirk won with a thumping majority and an inexperienced team. Labour lost to Nationals Rob Muldoon, with a similar majority in 1975, and no more clues as to how to manage structural problems with the economy, which led to the economic crisis of 1984 and the Lange/Douglas reforms. 

Prime Ministers Bolger, Clark and Key would have been over the moon if they

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23:30

Nationals budget response "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

National ripped into the budget: Quote: Todays Budget was an epic fail, a lolly scramble, and squandered a golden opportunity, opposition MPs say. The Labour-led coalition government has delivered a restrained and cautious Budget in its first year, keeping money in the kitty instead of embarking on a major spend-up. It is investing more money [] The post Nationals budget response appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Our money not theirs "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Taxpayers Union chair Barrie Saunders calls it a classic Labour Budget:

Robertsons first budget was written in extraordinarily benign circumstances. The economy is growing at a sustainable rate of around 3%, tax revenues for the June 2018 year will exceed Budget 2017 estimates, unemployment is down to 4.5%, employment levels are very high at 73.1%, and public debt at 21.7% of GDP is low and trending downwards. 

The economy is in vastly better shape than any new Government has inherited since 1972. That year Labour leader Norman Kirk won with a thumping majority and an inexperienced team. Labour lost to Nationals Rob Muldoon, with a similar majority in 1975, and no more clues as to how to manage structural problems with the economy, which led to the economic crisis of 1984 and the Lange/Douglas reforms. 

Prime Ministers Bolger, Clark and Key would have been over the moon if they could have assumed office with todays economic fundamentals.

The TU notes two wins for taxpayers.

  1. Fiscal responsibility

It is very encouraging that the Government is remaining within the pre-election Budgetary Responsibility Rules.  We think Steven Joyces allegations that Labour had an $11.7 billion hole (which Labour vehemently denied) had also been helpful in keeping the Government restrained in the face of criticism from some on the left who say they should borrow more. 

  1. Independent election policy costing office

Budget 2018 announced that public consultation will be launched in August on establishing an independent body to better inform public debate in our democracy.   This is something the Taxpayers Union has been pushing for since 2014 for transparency and accountability of what political party policies will cost taxpayers.

For decades political parties during election campaigns have made allegations about expenditure policies of others.  Thats why we worked so hard last year with our election Bribe-O-Meter.  . .

National left the economy in very good shape and the government has at least budgeted to retain surpluses.

But lets not forget its our money not theirs and that a surplus means its taking more in tax than it needs.

Had National still been in power all of us would have been able to keep a little more of what we earn.

This red-green-black gove...

23:00

Budget response: Maori are angry too "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Maori arent happy with Grant Robertsons first budget: Quote: The Mori Party says it is a kick in the guts that Whnau Ora has been overlooked in todays Budget. That goes against the promise that Labour made to voters last year to put $20 million into Whnau Ora over four years, Mori Party president Che [] The post Budget response: Maori are angry too appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Budget response: Teachers are mad as all hell "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is what happens when you over promise and dont even attempt to deliver: Quote: Teachers are angry and could walk out of classrooms after the Governments lukewarm approach to education was revealed by the Budget, a principal has warned. The Post Primary Teachers Association and NZ Education Institute would soon enter negotiations with the Ministry of [] The post Budget response: Teachers are mad as all hell appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:15

Morning Report: Panel discussion on Robertsons budget "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A preliminary look at Robertsons budget, by Guyon Espiner with Sue Bradford, Fran OSullivan, Bernard Hickey and Scott Campbell

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/mnr/mnr-20180518-0711-budget_2018_analysis_a_missed_opportunity-128.mp3

22:11

Pharmac funding not cut "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Amy Adams and National may have been a bit hasty in claiming that Pharmac funding had been cut. Labour has CUT Pharmac funding by $200m and failed to deliver money for Dunedin hospital, universally cheaper GP fees and put LESS new money into health than National did last year #BrokenPromises in #Budget2018 Amy Adams []

22:00

Budget 2018: The ghost of Bill English "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

You might be forgiven for thinking that Bill English had already written the 2018 budget before he left office, and Grant Robertson simply read it out today. While it is tempting to describe Grant Robertson as Bill English in drag, we all know this is not the case. Tracey Watkins described it as a [] The post Budget 2018: The ghost of Bill English appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

21:15

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

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

21:14

QotD: "I think the blind passion of political discussions makes it very clear how desperately uninformed and uneducated most of us are today "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"But also, one of my phrases to capture the problem in education today is that children are being taught to look around them and think, 'This is all here, and now our job is just to form opinions about it,' rather than, 'This is all here -- and here is how we got here, and here is where it comes from, and here is what it depends on.' Even just understanding that this world that they know hasn't existed forever is important...    "I think the [blind passion of political discussions] makes it very clear how desperately uninformed and uneducated most of us are today, because we should be bringing to bear on our opinions of politics a vast knowledge of everything that has been tried in the past and whether it succeeded or failed. And most children today are coming into such discussions blind, but also having been told that it's very important to have strong opinions. So they've maybe memorised some floating, disconnected facts and they've been taught to have impassioned convictions about things -- which means their impassioned convictions are based on nothing, ultimately on substance. So, we are trying to give them meaningful, systematic, real knowledge on which to ground judgements in every realm of their life."~ Lisa Van Damme, founder/director of VanDamme Academy
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21:10

Ardern muddled, middle missed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In an interview just before the election Jacinda Ardern referred to the squeezed middle ordinary New Zealanders feeling the pinch. Stuff: Jacinda Ardern says Budget will also help middle New Zealanders feeling the squeeze New Zealand knows it has poverty issues, and an emerging class of working poor, but were not paying enough attention []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A hair divides what is false and true  Omar Khayym who was born on this day in 1048.

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

Puzzle maestros "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nine To Noon

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ntn-20180517-1007-40_years_creating_puzzles_crosswords_and_sudoku-128.mp3

Christine and James Lovatt have been creating crosswords, puzzles and sudoku for forty years. Lovatts Puzzles is now one of the largest independent magazine publishers in Australia. Christine says shes been captivated by puzzles since she was a little girl, when she would devise them for her father. They tell Kathryn Ryan about how they built the business, and what makes a great puzzle.

20:47

Marama Davidson on the budget more grate Greens than great Greens "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Green co-leader Marama Davidsons response to the budget gushed Green greatness, as well as smooching smugness while ignoring why the Government has a healthy surplus with which to invest in some green projects. Let me reassure the Opposition that this is not a dream,there is nothing wrong with their television sets, and the red pill []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Every child, regardless of how wealthy their parents are, what language they speak or their ability to disability, has a right to a world-class education, [] Today, we shift the focus of government from electoral cycles to generational ones. Now, you could say I have a rather more personal reason for doing that, because [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:30

The Ghosts Of The Nephilim, Frater Ex "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Ghosts Of The Nephilim, Frater Ex

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The entire human race has been suffering a form of complex post traumatic stress disorder since the time of the great flood, this trauma, made us susceptible to manipulation by psychopaths and indeed may have led to the enslavement of the whole planet under their rule.
But is this just a simple thing about the cycle of indoctrination and abuse run by early secret societies like Freemasonry?
Or are there actually REAL entities out there in the ether trying to influence our thoughts and society?
Frater's upcoming book "The Ghosts Of The Nephilim" explains!


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20:26

Good budget for the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This was the first part that the Green Party has played a part in so it is understandably a big deal for them. They deserve credit for some achievements, like the biggest increase in DOC funding for many years. James Shaw has been granted a $100 million Green Investment Fund. The Green Investment Fund will []

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is mythoclast (adj) An opponent of myths. A destroyer or debunker of myths. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : English mythoclast comes from two familiar Greek words. The Greek noun mthos has many meanings: speech, word, public speech, unspoken word, matter, fact, as in mythology, a set of stories, [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:09

A reasonable first budget for Labour "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As Minister of Finance Grant Robertson was fortunate to inherit a healthy economy and a growing surplus to play with. From what Ive seen (I was busy yesterday and only caught bits of the budget details) it was a generally prudent and predictable budget. Big dollops of dosh had already been committed in last years []

20:00

Budget highlights foundation for the future "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The budget is more of a preparatory budget rather than the claimed transformative budget but Minister of Finance Grant Robertson acknowledges that. Here is his summary of the 2018 budget. Foundations for the future Health, education, housing and other critical public services receive overdue investments today, says Finance Minister Grant Robertson. Our public services []

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 18 21 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

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'

19:30

Budget uber irony "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Winston Peters, who rallied against tax breaks for the bloodstock industry during the Winebox inquiry in the late 1990's, asking for and getting tax write-offs for the bloodstock industry in 2018.

Won't he just retire already.

19:20

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:09

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

18:39

Marine animals revolution after dinosaur extinction "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

What the heck is a crinoid? They might be one of the most common fossils this side of the Rocky mountains but they are seriously cool.

From the British Antarctic Survey:

Major shift in marine life occurred 33 million years later in the South

May 17, 2018

A new study of marine fossils from Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand and South America reveals that one of the greatest changes to the evolution of life in our oceans occurred more recently in the Southern Hemisphere than previously thought. The results are published today (17 May 2018) in the journal Communications Biology.

The Marine Mesozoic Revolution (MMR) is a key theory in evolutionary history. While dinosaurs ruled the land, profound changes occurred in the shallow seas that covered the Earth.

During the Mesozoic, around 200 million years ago, marine predators evolved that could drill holes and crush the shells of their prey. And although small in comparison to dinosaurs, these new predators, including crustacea and some types of modern fish, had a dramatic impact on marine life.

Among the species most heavily affected were sea lilies or isocrinids invertebrates tethered to the seafloor by...

18:06

EMU Farmer Arrested For Running Illegal Animal Brothel "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealand police have raided a family-operated emu farm suspected of operating as an illegal animal brothel.

Michael Wilson, 43, and his two sons Phillip, 28, and Andrew, 14, have been arrested and accused of illegally operating an animal brothel.

Twenty-six people were also arrested during the raid for their suspected involvement in sexually related activities with animals on the farm.

It was totally disgusting. They would host these parties where the guests would run around naked chasing the birds all night long, one neighbor told local reporters.

The Wilson family-operated farm had been undergoing financial stress these past years and local neighbors were apparently aware of the unusual activities.

Michael was pretty open about the whole thing. He didnt care if some sick Aussie tourists were into screwing with his birds. He even joked that it made the meat leaner, a local man told reporters under the cover of anonymity.

The Wilson family lawyer, Andrew Goldmann, would not comment the allegations but said that his clients would challenge New Zealands current prostitution laws.

Sex between two consenting adults in exchange for money is legal but a sexual relationship between a human and a bird is not? he argued.

Although the Prostitution Reform Act of 2003 has officially decriminalized prostitution in New Zealand, bestiality and zoosexual activity are still prohibited by law.

The post EMU Farmer Arrested For Running Illegal Animal Brothel appeared first on NotAllowedTo.

14:32

HUMAN-Eating Robots Secretly Deployed? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Formerly dedicated purely to UFO videos, Secureteam10 is putting an interesting variety of subject matter while adhering to its UFO roots. Tylers channel is well worth subbing to! secureteam10 Published on May 16, 2018  

The post HUMAN-Eating Robots Secretly Deployed? appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

14:05

World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

May 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1048 Omar Khayym, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher, was born (d. 1131).

1152  Henry II of England married Eleanor of Aquitaine.

1268  The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, fell to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch.

1302 Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia.

1498 Vasco da Gama reached the port of Calicut, India.

1593  Playwright Thomas Kyds accusations of heresy led to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.

1652 Rhode Island passed the first law in North America making slavery illegal.

1763  Fire destroyed a large part of Montreal.

1783  First United Empire Loyalists reached Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.

1803  Napoleonic Wars: The United Kingdom revoked the Treaty of Amiensand declared war on France.

1804 Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate.

1811  Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Ro de la Plata in Uruguay led by Jose Artigas.

1812  John Bellingham was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.

1843  The...

12:07

Trump's trying to refill the swamp "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Donald Trump has done such a good job draining the swamp, that it's completely empty and needs to be filled up.

Follow the money. That Watergate meme is now poised to dominate the Donald Trump-Michael Cohen investigation for this news cycle and beyond. The impetus is a document released by lawyer Michael Avenatti, confirmed by the New York Times, that revealed that a shell company Cohen created and used to pay off the porn star Stormy Daniels received $500,000 from a company linked to a Russian oligarch with ties to Vladimir Putin.

Thats not all. Cohens shell company, Essential Consultants LLC, received a total of $4.4 million in payments from a range of sources with an interest in influencing Trump, including the pharma giant Novartis AG, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. and AT&T Inc., seeking to pull off its merger with Time Warner Inc.

The giant question that follows from the payments to Cohen is what they were for and whether any of the money in the shell company made its way into any entities owned or controlled by Trump himself.
The tremendous irony in all of this, and there are many, is that on the very day this article appeared on Bloomberg, Trump had a rally in Indiana where he led a chant of "Drain the Swamp" (I've tried to embed the video, but clearly my time away from Blogger has made me rusty).

I know, I know.  Trump rejected the money just like Sarah Huckabee-Sanders stated at the press conference, which proves he's draining the swamp.

If you believe that, then the alligators that have come from the swamp that Trump just drained have just flown past your window wearing pink tutus.

11:54

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

My farmer had to pick up a ute today and I volunteered to go with him to bring the other vehicle back.

Instead of driving straight home I called on friends for morning tea then carried on, stopping off to explore the places that time constraints usually force me to drive past.

Today Im grateful for a catch-up with friends and the time to explore some byways off the usually highways.

11:26

Kiwibloggers rejoice....oh hang on "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Over here we have an entire thread of criticism of the Labour budget by supposed right-wing "fiscal conservatives", with their furious writings based on the fact Labour didn't spend as much as National did last year.

Weird.

11:00

Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Freestyle Swing dance, liberals will hate it cos the man leads and lady follows and what a great job she does. Who dominates the dance? the women of course. You dont see the man in some respects because with great leading and following the lady shines like the sun.   The post Thursday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

United Kingdom: Truth revolt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Stefan Molyneux interviewing Tommy Robinson another shocker on how the UK are using intimidation threats & upping their tactics & laws in shutting down free speech/(hate speech!) & appear to ultimately be aiming for people like Tommy to end up [] The post United Kingdom: Truth revolt appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:23

This One's For Andrei - Some Musings From An Inexperienced Onlooker "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Adolf saw an interesting opinion piece the other day, on the possibility of a rapprochement between the USA and Russia. 

Later in another piece, there were a couple of phrases which, as I like to say, fell out and clattered onto the floor.


"......The Geneva Agreement had all the underpinnings of the Munich Agreement. The comparison is apt. Just as Munich gave Hitler more time to build up his Panzers, the Geneva Agreement gave the mullahs ten years to build the bomb.

Just as in 1930s the world failed to stop Hitler, while the viper was still in its crib, and tolerated Germany's violations of the Treaties of Versailles to allow her to rearm, the world de facto allowed Iran to ignore United Nations Security Council resolutions and continue the development of a nuclear weapon. Just as Britain sold Czechoslovakia out in 1938 to appease Hitler, the United States sold Israel out in 2013 to appease Iran........"

and

"Western democracies that failed to prevent two world wars suffer historical amnesia and appear to be unconcerned with the replay of Munich. Feeling safe under the American military umbrella, the leaders of the UK, France, and Germany have been imploring Trump to salvage the accord with Iran. Just as in the 1930s, the slippery slope of greed and appeasement is driving Europe toward more disasters. Paraphrasing Lenin, they are vying with each other for the rope contract."


For some time now I'v...

10:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A new robot currently in the crowd-funding stage; however, the main thrust appears not to be just a device to purchase. The developers have created the worlds first robotics platform which will allow other developers to create applications, functions and hardware to add-on or improve the robot. In a similar way to the smartphone taking [] The post Tech Thursday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

These revelations about Iran show Obama got played! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co. The post These revelations about Iran show Obama got played! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Europeans are waking up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

08:19

Stateside 5: Rosie the Riveter "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You could pick a womans weld, because it was neat and even, whereas the mens were a bit rough  American []

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

07:30

Newshub answers its own question and forgets to tell Tova "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Gumfiate  to cause to swell; to puff up; to perplex.

07:00

Workers of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How well do you know our wonderful Whaleoil workers? Can you match the Whaleoil worker to the photo of their Whaleoil workplace? We have 30+ workers at Whaleoil so for every post I will give you four possibilities to choose from. You will also be given a clue. Yesterdays wonderful Whaleoil worker was B) Suze Clue: [] The post Workers of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:53

Taxpayers Union analysis of the budget "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Taxpayers Union has a handy analysis of the budget: Government books and the economy looking rosy Robertsons first budget was written in extraordinarily benign circumstances. The economy is growing at a sustainable rate of around 3%, tax revenues for the June 2018 year will exceed Budget 2017 estimates, unemployment is down to 4.5%, employment levels [] The post Taxpayers Union analysis of the budget appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

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

I thought I may come unstuck on the alphabetical appreciation of old white men when it was time for Q, but Barzillai Quaife, who was born at Lenham, Kent, England, on 29 December 1798, seemed like an interesting chap. Quote: [] Quaife was educated at Hoxton Academy, London, and worked as a teacher and Congregational minister [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Keeping up appearances while their nation burns "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In 1835 the pacifistic Moriori people of the Chatham Islands off New Zealand were invaded by hundreds of Maori using a hijacked British ship. The Moriori, who had been safely isolated from their cousins on the New Zealand mainland for centuries, had a rigidly non-violent culture. Even when the Maori landed and immediately set about [] The post Keeping up appearances while their nation burns appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:30

If the cap fits "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Sometimes I am truly shocked at the behaviour of people on the left of the political divide. They call conservatives Nazis, and yet, in general, it is their behaviour that can be better described in this way. People on the left claim to stand up for those less fortunate members of society, such as those [] The post If the cap fits appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

The Punching Judy puppet show "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post The Punching Judy puppet show appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is the Pangea landmass indicating the current international borders. The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Climate ambassadors the next step in dairys plan :

Fifteen dairy farmers have been chosen to profile the climate change cause as New Zealands Climate Change Ambassadors.

This is the next step of the dairy sectors plan to create a culture of climate conscious agribusiness amongst farmers and the broader dairy industry, says DairyNZ Chief Executive Tim Mackle.

These fifteen men and women all represent best environmental farming practice for their farm system, says DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle. They run their farms profitably and sustainably and are serious about reducing on farm greenhouse gas emissions. . .

Savvy couple win at Dairy Industry awards Stephen Bell:

Northland couple Dan and Gina Duncan are technologically savvy and care about people, the environment and cows and while doing very well at dairy farming.

Their efforts were rewarded when on Saturday night they were named the Share Farmers of the Year.

Gerard Boerjan from Hawkes Bay-Wairarapa is Dairy Manager of the Year and Simone Smail from Southland is Dairy Trainee of the Year. 

The judges said the Duncans are passionate, professional and committed. . .

Dairy trainee of the year grateful for employers support Nicole Sharp:

In three years, 24-year-old Simone Smail, of Invercargill, has come a long way in the dairy industry.

Being presented the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year award at Stadium Southland on Saturday night, Miss Smail was overcome.

She thanked her family for their support, her bosses Steve and Tracy Henderson for giving her a start in the industry and everybody else she had met along the way. . .

Lamb prices expected to stay high Simon Hartley:

Key lamb export markets are paying  14%  more for product so far this season, with record highs  for this time of year,  ASB rural economist Nathan Penny says.

...

03:30

Will Jackson, Henare and Davis make a stand for charter schools? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Back in February this year Willie Jackson, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis were all confident that the charter schools they support would be able to successfully transition to state schools. Quote.  [] Employment Minister Willie Jackson says the designated character school model was never flexible enough for those schools which became charter schools. [] Education Minister [] The post Will Jackson, Henare and Davis make a stand for charter schools? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Killing Eve: The Best Brit Thriller in Years "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The UK Daily Telegraph has a laudatory review of Killing Eve

It isnt often a scene in which two characters exchange one-liners over microwaved shepherds pie garners comparisons to Scorsese and Michael Manns Heat. But those are some of the less hyperbolic plaudits rested at the feet of Killing Eve after the latest episode. . see link

The good news is that, believe it or not, TVNZ has this available on line

Adam agrees this is a really great series

03:17

Bonus Quote of the Day: "...the most important weapon in Hamas's arsenal." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Hamas understood early that the civilian death toll was driving international outrage not at Hamas but at Israel, and that this, not I.E.D.s or ambushes, was the most important weapon in its arsenal."
~ Matti Friedman, from his New York Times op-ed 'Falling for Hamas's Split-Screen Fallacy'
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03:00

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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02:30

What will National reverse and what will they keep? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Historically the National party do not reverse the policies put in place by the previous Labour government. Labour, on the other hand, have no such hesitation. They slash and burn the previous governments policies with gay abandon. Look at Chris Hipkins who has cancelled national standards before even bothering to find a replacement. He is currently [] The post What will National reverse and what will they keep? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Anyone who gets a clean sweep in this quiz will win a virtual wedding cake.

1. Who said: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds, . .

2. What are the four Cs by which diamonds are measured?

3. Its novio in Spanish and marena hou in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who sang Im getting Married in the Morning and in which musical?

5. The royal wedding is . . .  .?

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Lake Hayes. Arrowtown / Queenstown April 30   window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line. The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

Simon Collins pimps poor ahead of budget "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Simon Collins is back at it pimping the poor ahead of the budget. As is usual hes picked the wrong people to use as poster children: Quote: Our outgoings are bigger than our income. That is the daily reality for Manurewa couple Michael and Mina Tamatoa and their four children aged 9, 7, 5, and [] The post Simon Collins pimps poor ahead of budget appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

Cartoon of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A good political cartoon arouses a strong response from the audience so I guess this must be a good cartoon. It makes me really angry! I think the cartoonist wants me to be angry at Trump and at Israel but I am angry at the cartoonist for promoting the nonsense that opening an embassy in Israels capital [] The post Cartoon of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:41

Call for clarity on PNG seabed mining project "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Seabed mining machinery Photo: Mike Smith

Radio New Zealand | 16 March 2018

The MP for Namatanai in Papua New Guinea says more information is needed about the impacts and benefits of seabed mining.

The Solwara 1 Project, in which Canadian company Nautilus Minerals plans to extract gold and copper from under the Bismarck Sea, is facing a growing chorus of opposition from local community groups over environmental concerns.

Nautilus has yet to complete equipment requirements for beginning mining, and has seen investors recently withdraw from the project.

The MP, Walter Schnaubelt, said too much remained unknown about the environmental impacts of seabed mining.

Im of the view that of course its going to be something new, yes, maybe some unknowns are going to happen, he said.

But that doesnt mean that we jus...

00:38

Urgent: Rally for a free Palestine 2pm Saturday 19 May, Aotea Square, Auckland CBD "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Palestine Solidarity Network calls on the NZ Government to immediately condemn Israels latest massacre of 60 Palestinian protestors in Gaza and excessive force employed by Israeli troops against unarmed civilians, in the strongest possible terms, and close down the Israeli Embassy in Wellington in protest.

RALLY FOR FREE PALESTINE
2pm Saturday 19 May, Aotea Square, Auckland CBD

Support the Palestinian struggle for human rights & condemn Israeli atrocities.

US/Palestinian author Ramzy Baroud will address the rally, and also give a free public talk on Sunday 20 May from 7pm at the Freemans Bay Community Centre, Hepburn St, Auckland. Free entry donations welcome.

See below for details of Ramzys free public talks in Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin next week. Not to be missed.

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Dr. Ramzy Barouds NZ speaking tour itinerary 18 to 24 May 2018.

Hosted by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network

Ramzy Baroud brings the authentic voices of the Palestinian struggle for human rights to New Zealand, as part of a world-wide launch of his new book The Last Earth: a Palestinian Story.

Please note that signed copies of Ramzys book The Last Earth: a Palestinian story will be on sale for $35 at each venue cash or EFTPOS (bookshop retail prices may vary). Other merchandise will be available also.

Each event is free entry and open to the public bring your friends & workmates. There will be a collection for donations towards tour costs.

AUCKLAND: FRIDAY 18 MAY

10:30am: A special book signing event at UBIQ Auckland University Bookshop, 2 Alfred Street, Student Commons (off Princes or Symonds Street, City.)
12:00 midday: Listen to 95bFM radio for Kelly Enrights studio interview with Ramzy Baroud on The Wire current affairs programme.

AUCKLAND: SATURDAY 19 MAY

9:00am: Listen to Kim Hills face-to-face live interview with Ramzy on her popular Saturday Morning programme, on RNZ National radio (FM 101.4)
2:00pm: Ramzy will speak at the Nakba Rally for Free Palestine, Aotea Square, Queen St, CBD.

AUCKLAND: SUNDAY 20 MAY...

00:34

Oil Search denies blaming PNG govt for project problems "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There have been complaints of a lack of benefits coming from the LNG project. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades project

Someone is not happy with Oil Search but this kind of back-tracking is not going to fool anyone!

Truth is they are all to blame Oil Search, Exxon Mobil and the PNG government

Radio New Zealand | 16 May 2018

The oil and gas company Oil Search denies that it blamed Papua New Guineas government for non-payment of benefits from the LNG gas project.

This comes after statements by the Oil Search chairman at its Annual General Meeting last week acknowledging landowner frustrations over project payouts.

Oil Search claimed its chairmans comments were mis-reported.

In a new statement it said that during the annual meeting, the company outlined the need to ensure royalty payments and other benefits owing to landowners were distributed as soon as practicable.

Oil Search said it was worki...

00:30

Do Labour even understand basic economics? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

.@nzlabour logic: 1. Problem: Demand pressure exceeds supply capacity in housing market 2. Propose solution: #KiwiBuild 3. Whoops, thats going to fall to stimulate supply. 4. I know! Lets stimulate demand! Total retards.https://t.co/Q6Hit0RfnK Matthew Hooton (@MatthewHootonNZ) May 15, 2018 Matthew Hooton correctly points out the obvious flaws in the Labour governments idea for shared [] The post Do Labour even understand basic economics? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

More on Adrian Orrs verbal incontinence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yesterday Adam reblogged an excellent post on Adrian Orr from Croaking Cassandra.

This comment is very relevant . It is by Geof Mortlock , a former RBNZ official.

00:00

Pumped up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I went to the gas station to fill up yesterday, as I do every week. I have to admit that I dont pay a lot of attention to fuel prices, but I had noticed that I seem to be paying a bit more for a fill than I did a few weeks ago. Could this [] The post Pumped up appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Wednesday, 16 May

23:55

More MSM Fearmongering: The Russian Boogeyman and his Hypersonic Weapons! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Invincible? Nothing is invincible. The US secrecy machine and probably Chinas too, have plenty of tricks up their sleeve to deal with these Hypersonic toys (which arent ready yet, take note). I reckon this is another fearmongering exercise. Im sure Uncensored readers are smart enough to see the big picture. US Intelligence=disinformation! Provided by []

The post More MSM Fearmongering: The Russian Boogeyman and his Hypersonic Weapons! appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

23:50

QotD: "A viler evil than to murder a man, is to sell him suicide as an act of virtue." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



"A viler evil than to murder a man, is 
to sell him suicide as an act of virtue."

~ Ayn Rand
.

23:36

NZ Alpine Fault: Within Our Lifetime "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Planning and Preparing for an Alpine event they say. So watch out for more political shenanigans and hidden agendas revolving around forthcoming seismic events. Take head from the Christchurch scenario, Wellingtonians especially. Heres the MSM story from Newshub: Simulation shows widespread damage if Alpine Fault ruptures Newshub staff Scientists, working as part of Project Alpine []

The post NZ Alpine Fault: Within Our Lifetime appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

23:30

Shane Jones channels Darryl Kerrigan "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Shane Jones has been channelling Darryl Kerrigan with a message to Maori over water rights: Quote: NZ Firsts Shane Jones says Mori are sadly mistakenif they think the Government will hand them over any rights to the countrys freshwater supply. The issue of Mori freshwater rights hit headlines again last year when Labour campaigned on a [] The post Shane Jones channels Darryl Kerrigan appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

WIll PM keep promise? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Children in great need have been let down by the governments refusal to fund Stand to run its services in Roxburgh.

The closure of the Roxburgh village for vulnerable children has been described as desperately sad.

Yesterday, Stand Childrens Services announced its childrens villages in Roxburgh and Otaki would close.

It would mean the loss of 31 jobs in Roxburgh, about 6% of its population of about 520.

The government has $1 billion to throw into the regional development fund but cant find $3 million to help vulnerable children and save the jobs of about 6% of the Roxburgh community.

Helping these children and keeping existing jobs would be far better use of the money than anything funded so far.

Stand chief executive Dr Fiona Inkpen said the organisation had been topping up the shortfall in government funding from its own funds for many years but reserves were used up and the organisation would need an extra $3million to keep the villages open.

Dr Inkpen confirmed southern children would be unable to attend the only other South Island Stand village, in Christchurch, as the waiting list was long and only Canterbury children could stay there.

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said it was a desperately sad day for the children of the lower South Island.

Even though I anticipated this news coming today, I still feel physically sick reading it. Ive got to admit that when we got all the way to the top [Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern] last week, and got turned down, I didnt see how the village could be saved.

The closure would be a huge blow to Roxburgh, but he had faith the town would survive.

Clutha Mayor and chairman of Local Government Zone 6 Bryan Cadogan, who played a major role in trying to keep the service, said it would mean the withdrawal of the treatment service for the lower South Island.

I have contacted other organisations who were supposed to pick up the slack and it was an emphatic no theyre stretched like a violin string.

The government has $1 billion to fund tertiary education for all students, most of whom dont need it, but it hasnt got $3 million for children in desperate need of help.

The Prime Minister keep...

22:27

Killing and Creating Silence "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A pest worker who worked for Environment Waikato for two years, has termed 1080 poison as cruel and destructive of []

22:18

The Clearest Water "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Great to see pure water! By Sandra Smith The Waikoropupu Springs are just 6 km out from Takaka in Golden []

22:15

Budget Day Panda-ing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

For Budget Day. The first one Ive missed covering for 22 years. Ah well. Next year. Time and fiscal policy wait for no man. Or panda.

21:56

7.84% rates rise a normal part of the cycle "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Saying that a 7.84% rates rise will be in the lower quartile wont mean anything to ratepayers who face increases of $200-400. I am horrified by this level of increase and it sounds like it is what much of the country should be expecting. ODT: DCC approves second highest rates increase since 1989 The []

21:35

North Korea far from a done deal "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The celebrations about peace and harmony in Korea was a bit premature. On May 9th, Trump was asked if he thought that he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize because of his North Korea diplomacy. Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it. North and South Korea have been working together despite Trumps undiplomatic approach, []

21:15

Science versus populist voice on criminal justice "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It is often said that populist public pressure has pushed politicians into tougher penalties, and this has pushed the prison population to the extent that New Zealand has one of the highest incarceration rates in the developed world. David Fisher has a big read at the Herald on Justice path and bulging prisons will []

21:15

QotD: Budget-Day Edition "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


An election is an advance auction of stolen goods. Budget Day is the auction itself, when the formal announcement is made of which goods and their owners are to be parted.  So here, especially for Budget Day, are some thoughts on the nature of taxation by both taxers and tax-victims:

The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing.
~ Jean Baptiste Colbert

"To steal from one person is theft. To steal from many is taxation."
~ Jeff Daiell

Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces.
~ Terry Pratchett

"I think coercive taxation is theft, and government has a moral duty to keep it to a minimum."
~ former Massachusetts Governor William Weld

For every benefit you receive a tax is levied.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It's sad to realise that most citizens do not even notice the irony of being bribed with their own money."
~ Anon.

"[There are dangers in] the disposition to hunt down rich men as if they were noxious beasts."
~ Winston Churchill

"No matter what anyone may say about making the rich and the corporations pay the taxes, in the end they come out of the people who toil. It is your fellow workers who are ordered to work for the Government, every time an appropriation bill is passed. The people pay the expense of government, often many times over, in the increased cost of living. I want taxes to be less, that the people may have more."
~ Calvin Coolidge

"See, when the Government spends money, it creates jobs; whereas when the money is left in the hands of Taxpayers, God only knows what they do with it. Bake it into pies, probably. Anything to avoid creating jobs."
~ Dave Barry

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
~ Alexis De Tocqueville

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."
~ Bertrand de Jouvenel

"We shall tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect."
~ 'New Deal' luminary Harry Hopkins

"Most of the presidential candidates' economic packages involve 'tax breaks,' which is when the government, amid great fanfare, generously decides not to take quite so much of your income. In other words, these candidates are trying to buy your votes with your own money."
~ Dave Barry

"When Barbary Pirates demand a fee for allowing you to do business, it's called 'tribute money.' Whe...

21:15

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

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

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 I hope that some day the practice of producing cowpox in human beings will spread over the world when that day comes, there will be no more smallpox  Edward Jenner who was born on this day in 1749.

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