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Monday, 15 January

23:24

Do They Read What They Write? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Adolf scans the job ads each day for a part time job.   Today there was some unintentional humor.

Here's a section from a job description:-

".......The duties directly relating to your position will be nominated in mutual agreement with yourself and the Leadership team and may look different on a weekly basis. ....."

Translation:-

We don't have a ****ing clue what we really want you to do.

23:08

Overheard in a bar "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whats the difference between the KKK and the Taliban?

Dont know!

In the Taliban the women wear the hoods. 

22:40

Undertones "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Found this summation of the week helped. Hope you agree.

The Weekly Sift

The immigration debate has always carried with it an undertone of racism. Im not attributing this to everyone who holds the position, but theres a sense in which [opposition to] immigration is driven by a deep anxiety about the browning of America. That how will we stem the tide?, that this is no longer a white nation. What Trump did yesterday was to make explicit the racist undertone of this debate.

Eddie Glaude, speaking on MSNBCs Morning Joe (1-12-2018).

This weeks featured post is The Real Immigration Issue.

On MLK Day, I always like to link to a piece I wrote in 2013 to warn conservatives against cherrypicking Kings quotes. The real Martin Luther King was a radical: MLK: Sanitized for Their Protection.

This week everybody was talking about shithole countries

(More about this in the featured post.) Even in a

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22:30

Book Review Of The Day A Soul Burned "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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22:00

Ignorant Blog headline of the week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The willful ignorance displayed at the Daily Blog shouldnt still surprise me but occasionally it does. When I read the above headline all I could think of as a genuine comparison to the text warning of an imminent attack that the people of Hawaii mistakenly received was the people of Israel. When rockets are on []

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21:59

Bias only wrong when its right "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Her past candidacy not a problem, unless she makes it one. Have difficulty with understanding what qualifications she has for her role.

Homepaddock

Green Party candidate Hayley Holt is to join Jack Tame as a host on TV1s Breakfast show.

Holt, 36, stood for the Green Party in John Keys Helensville electorate in last Septembers general election. At 17th on the party list, she missed out on a place in Parliament.

A former New Zealand snowboarder, she previously hosted alternative sports news show The Crowd Goes Wild on Prime and the breakfast radio show on More FM. . .

If this was a National candidate there would almost certainly have been an uproar from the left.

They petitioned against Mike Hosking hosting pre-elections debates because of his views but hed never been a candidate.

The left wont be campaigning against her appointment because in their eyes and ears political bias is only wrong when its right and its alright when its left.

Shes not the first former candidate to front such a show

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21:55

Of Lies And Libels: Trumps Problem Is Not With The Lack Of American Values But The Lack Of A Libel Case "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Useful clarification of issues

JONATHAN TURLEY

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppeddownload-1Below is my column in USA Today on the renewed calls of President Donald Trump to change our libel laws to make it easier for public officials and figures to sue over publications like the recent book by Michael Wolff.  While the controversy was quickly pushed from coverage by the Presidents alarming statements on immigration policy, it is clear that he remains heavily invested in this ill-considered idea.

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21:30

Hope the owner sends Susan Devoy a thank you card. I would. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The restaurant attacked by Susan Devoy for having a bit of a laugh over Asian fusion menu items has hit the big time, all thanks to Susan Devoy and her lack of understanding about The Streisand Effect. The Christchurch restaurant at the centre of the international media storm over its controversial menu has boasted capacity crowds. While []

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21:15

What National needs to do to win in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nikki Kaye & the Monkeys in a tree - why she will never be leader, and why listening to her will doom National to more opposition.

[...]

Nikki Kaye represents is the sopping wet liberal wing of the National party. Under John Key's leadership National became so broad-church it had people who should really have been in the Labour party. Nikki Kaye was one of those, Wayne Mapp was another. She has always been a favourite of Bill English and close to Murray McCully and Michelle Boag. Being closely associated with both of them alone should bring more than enough concern to party members to not want her anywhere near policy for the future.

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21:00

Waiting for the howls of outrage as TVNZ appoints failed political party candidate to Breakfast role "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ive been waiting for the howls of outrage over the appointment of a former political party candidate to host Breakfast at TVNZ. After all there were huge and ongoing howls of outrage when Paul Henry, a failed National party candidate, was appointed to the show and anything else he did for that matter. TVNZ has []

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21:00

Q: What is a house? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


The house is a machine for living.~ a banality from the very banal Le Corbusier

Oh yes, young man; consider that a house is a machine in which to live, but by the same token the heart is a suction pump. Sentient man begins where that concept of the heart ends.    Consider that a house is a machine in which to live, but architecture begins where that concept of the house ends. All life is machinery in a rudimentary Sense, and yet machinery is the life of nothing. Machinery is machinery only because of life.~ Frank Lloyd Wright, from his lecture To the Young Man in Architecture'

A house is not a machine to live in. It is the shell of man his extension, his release, his spiritual emanation. Not only its visual harmony but its organisation as a whole, the whole work combined together, make it human in the most profound sense  The poverty of modern architecture stems from the atrophy of sensuality.~ architect Eileen Gray, designer of the house that Le Corbusier could never have designed, but nonetheless fell in love with

21:00

Bias only wrong when its right "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Green Party candidate Hayley Holt is to join Jack Tame as a host on TV1s Breakfast show.

Holt, 36, stood for the Green Party in John Keys Helensville electorate in last Septembers general election. At 17th on the party list, she missed out on a place in Parliament.

A former New Zealand snowboarder, she previously hosted alternative sports news show The Crowd Goes Wild on Prime and the breakfast radio show on More FM. . .

If this was a National candidate there would almost certainly have been an uproar from the left.

They petitioned against Mike Hosking hosting pre-elections debates because of his views but hed never been a candidate.

The left wont be campaigning against her appointment because in their eyes and ears political bias is only wrong when its right and its alright when its left.

Shes not the first former candidate to front such a show. Paul Henry who fronted breakfast shows on both TV1 and TV3 once stood for National.

Many years before that, Brian Edwards who had been a Labour candidate, was an interviewer on political programmes.

Bias doesnt necessarily make people wrong for such work and if  they are politically biased its better to be out in the open than hidden.

20:36

The Wonderful Forgotten World Highway "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Stratford to Taumaranui the long way! By Sandra Smith Progress. always progress. The roads and railway lines around us are often superceded by a straighter, faster and more direct route. This leaves behind smaller, now less used roads and sometimes the once thriving towns dwindle. But that is not to say that the communities do []

20:30

No chinky sounding names there then? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Before the election Labour and Winston Peters made much of sales of land to Johnny Foreigner. Here is what Winston has had to say on the sale of farm land to foreigners: New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has slammed a Chinese companys purchase of Lochinver Station as a corporate raid with no benefits to []

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20:00

Reality of government crashes Twyfords party "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Phil Twyford is a gobby bastard at the best of times. Arrogant, condescending, convinced of his own brillianceand screwing up weekly. When in opposition there wasnt a cause he couldnt use for political gain. One of those has bitten him on his self-centred arse and the very things he accused the former government of doing, []

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19:55

Have we started the year off ugly and angry? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Politics seems to have kicked off early this year, largely because of the attention being given to Donald Trump (New Zealand politics is only slowly emerging from holiday time). Anger and affront whether real or an activist tactic is one of the more visible aspects of political discussion, so naturally some people have []

19:30

The Daily Whaleoil Crossword is on its way do you want a FREE taste? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our Whaleoil Daily Online crossword is almost ready. Our Editor AKA the Boss wanted to immediately limit it to subscribers ONLY as it is an added service that we wanted to give them all as a thank you for their loyal support of Whaleoil. I took the boss aside and whispered in his ear. Okay []

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19:30

Conservative columnist supports Durbin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The s**thole debate goes on. Senators accuse each other of lying. Cabinet Secretary has memory issues. Now a conservative columnist supports Durbin.

19:22

Satire versus bullying "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I hadnt heard of Terry Pratchett until I saw this quote at The Standard: "Satire is meant to ridicule power. If you are laughing at people who are hurting, it's not satire, it's bullying." Terry Pratchett pic.twitter.com/XxzkXlOpk0 Shaula Evans (@ShaulaEvans) January 13, 2018 There could be some truth in that. Another Pratchett quote on []

19:15

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 []

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19:05

The Last Left-Wing Mohican. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Indefatigable Campaigner: Murray Horton has been fighting the good fight on the left of New Zealand politics for nearly fifty years. On Saturday, 27 January 2018, outside the Waihopai Spy Base, he and his comrades will launch the Aotearoa Independence Movement. Its time for this country to pull the plug, to finish the business started in the 1980s which saw NZ both nuclear free and out of ANZUS; and to break the chains military, intelligence, economic and cultural that continue to bind us to the American Empire.

MURRAY HORTON really is the last of the Mohicans. I know this because, at one time, I was a member of his tribe. For fourteen years I was the editor and publisher of a left-of-centre periodical, NZ Political Review. Alas, it has been nearly thirteen years since the final issue of that publication appeared on the newsstands. In 2018, the title of the last man standing in left-wing publishing belongs, unquestionably, to Murray Horton.

It was not always so. Thirty-five years ago, there were at least a dozen left-wing periodicals published in New Zealand. From the independent, left social-democratic, NZ Monthly Review, to the Workers Communist Leagues newspaper, Unity, political parties and activist groups to the left of the Labour Party maintained a lively presence on the New Zealand media stage.

Thirty-five years on, only Murray Hortons Foreign Control Watchdog remains. Officially, the journal of the Christchurch-based Campaign Against Foreign Control in Aotearoa (CAFCA), the Watchdogoffers the last substantial paper and ink forum for left-wing commentary and analysis on the vexed question: Who owns New Zealand and why?

Since the first appearance of Watchdog in the mid-1970s, however, the answer to that question has been the same. New Zealanders control less and less of their own country for the very simple reason that they keep selling off large chunks of it to fore...

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

No man who really is a man ever cared for the easy task. There is no enjoyment in the game that is easily won. It is that in which you have to strain every muscle and sinew to achieve victory that provides real joy.  Eric Liddell  who was born on this day in 1902.

19:00

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 []

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18:58

A Holt to impartial Breakfast TV? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

News tellers were again news stories yesterday. Hillary Barry is moving from one TV show to another. Whoop de do. The content of Breakfast and Seven Sharp is largely dictated by producers and their commercial interests. Presenters are more entertainment actors than anything. A more controversial show shift was also broadcast, ensuring pre-publicity for TVNZ. []

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is apopemptic (adj) Relating to departure, valedictory. (noun) A parting address or farewell hymn. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The English apopemptic is a straightforward borrowing of the Greek adjective apopemptiks, pertaining to dismissal, valedictory, a derivative of the adverb and preposition ap- off, away and the []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 16 18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.

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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"

16 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"

16 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 []

12:05

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 16 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

27 BC  The title Augustus was bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate.

1120 The Council of Nablus was held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.

1362 A storm tide in the North Sea destroyed the German city of Rungholt on the island of Strand.

1412 The Medici family was appointed official banker of the Papacy.

1492 The first grammar of the Spanish language, was presented to Queen Isabella I.

1547  Ivan IV of Russia (Ivan the Terrible) became Tsar of Russia.

1556  Philip II became King of Spain.

1581 The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism.

1605 The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha(Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid.

1707  The Scottish Parliament ratified the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.

1853  Andre Michelin, French industrialist, was born (d. 1931).

1853  Gen Sir Ian Hamilton,  British military commander, was born  (d. 1947).

1874  Robert W. Service, Canadian poet, was born (d. 1958).

1883 The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States...

09:16

We aren't all feminist drones "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Readers know I am into horses. My last 5 percenter, Everything, did me proud.

My new 5 percenter, Jaktar, is also looking good.

Listening to Radio Trackside's Des Coppins interveiwing another syndicate manager today, I laughed out loud.

One guy has 1 share and another 99 women have the others. The woman 'manager' suggested they call the syndicate Witches of  Westview. The male was hesitant. What if some members took offence at being called "witch"? The woman manager responded, if they take offence, they aren't the sort of women we want in the syndicate.

Me too.


08:30

Classic TV BBC I, Claudius A Touch of Murder Ep01 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The classic series drawn from Robert Graves novels with an incredibly strong cast

08:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Todays been another scorcher.

Without irrigation North Otago would have been in drought weeks ago.

With it, farms are still able to grow pasture and crops.

Moisture lost through evapotranspiration will be greater than the amount delivered by irrigation on days like this.

But cooler overnight temperatures allow more water to be applied than is lost and Im very grateful for that.

06:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Aaaaand another Trump supporter is born. Oh yeah, thats the spot

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06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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06:00

The Nightmare Scenario "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Envisioned by David Frum it was tempting at first to think of this as satire, but then!!

 

05:59

Lee Lea "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Theres been a bit of discussion on the surname Lee. Ive learnt something from it. Its a name often associated with Asia New Zealand golfer Danny Lee was born in South Korea (but it is more common in North Korea).  It is common in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, not so in China (where []

05:49

'Third Way' No Way To Go: A Reply To Wayne Mapp. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Pragmatic Idealists: When it becomes clear to both our new prime minister and her finance minister that the price they are being asked to pay to keep the neoliberal guard-dogs away from their throats is too high for any discernible good that it is doing, then we must hope that they will dig deep into the collective experience of the New Zealand labour movement and find there not only the courage to speak socialist words, but also to rally the New Zealand people behind socialist deeds.

I FEEL SORRY for Dr Wayne Mapp. He has always struck me as one of those National Party types who want to do good in the world but not in a left-wing way. The political paradox in which such politicians are trapped, however, is that it is only under the conditions of a significantly modified capitalism conditions created by the Left that their benevolent aspirations can be fulfilled. Rather than acknowledge this, however, they are forever trying to convince the electorate that the Left only ever succeeds when it moves to the Right.

This is the fundamental thesis of Mapps latest contribution to The Spinoff, Jacinda Ardern Is No Radical, But The 21st-Century Face Of Blairs Third Way. His argument, essentially, is that:

In the latter part of the second decade of the twenty-first century, 22 years since Blair first became prime minister, his spiritual successors, Justine (sic) Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern, seem to have wholly adopted Third Wayism. The basic tenets of the neo-liberal settlement are accepted, but the state employs its power and resources to assist those who the market does not fully provide for.

Putting to one side his transgendering of Canadas prime minister, Justin Trudeau, Mapps fundamental misunderstanding of what Tony Blair represents merely...

05:44

I'M ON RECORD AS DISLIKING PRESIDENT TRUMP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

But the furor over his alleged descriptive of certain African failed countries as "Arsehole" states is hardly a hanging offence ... undiplomatic, perhaps, but true nevertheless      What other way would you describe the likes of Somalia, Chad, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Take Somalia where the rule of law simply does not exist; where pirates ply the coast while radical Islamist militias roam the streets of Mogadishu unchecked. 

And if it weren't true why the hundreds of thousands of refugees trying for a better life in anywhere but their native country.

Nah, the snowflake St Jacinda's of this world need to take their heads out of the sand and recognise the reality for what it is instead of pretending it's all a big lie. 



05:30

Lets Talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What would growing up in an ideal family environment look like? Do you think that anyone grew up in an ideal family environment? How has your family shaped your personality and who you turned out to be? Discuss:

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05:26

The Reserve Bank and housing collapses "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Very interesting post highlights some key issues.

croaking cassandra

In early December, the Reserve Bank published a Bulletin article, House price collapses: policy responses and lessons learned.  The article wasnt by a Reserve Bank staffer   it was written by a contractor (ex Treasury and IMF)   but Bulletin articles speak for the Bank itself, they arent disclaimed as just the views of the author.   Given the subject matter, Im sure this one would have had a lot of internal scrutiny.  Or perhaps Ill rephrase, it certainly should have had a lot of scrutiny, but the substance of the article raises considerable doubt as to whether anyone senior thought hard about what they were publishing in the Reserve Banks name.

Ive only just got round to reading the article and was frankly a bit stunned at how weak it was.    Perhaps that helps explain why it appears to have had no material media coverage at

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05:00

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

Oral or anal first? my wife asked with a grin. What do you think? Im thinking anal, she smiled. Okay, I sighed. I suppose Ive got to take both tablets at some point. Ive just had a sex change. Instead of once a month, the wifes changed it to once every two months.  

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04:30

John McCormick: Failure of UN resolution not Israels fault "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post: First published 13/01/18 Hawkes Bay Today In the second year of his first term in office President Clinton, on May 29, 1995, signed into law the Jerusalem Embassy Act. This bipartisan law passed with 15 votes against in the House of Representatives and 95 to 5 against in the Senate. The Embassy was []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Belvedere  a summer house or open-sided gallery, typically at rooftop level, commanding a fine view;  a building, or architectural feature of a building, designed and situated to look out upon a pleasing scene;  roofed structure, especially a small pavilion or tower on top of a building, situated so as to command a wide view.

04:09

SISU: Doing Something About Violence "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sisu means extraordinary determination, courage and resilience in the face of adversity. Emelia Lahti Emelia from Finland is here in New Zealand By Roger Childs I was one of hundreds of millions who experience domestic violence at the hands of a domestic partner. That was seven years ago in New York. Her motto now is []

04:00

Transgender Women say that Pussy Hats are Offensive "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When the Left start eating each other I find it very amusing. Its like Twitter will be once all the conservative voices have been purged. They will have no one else left to turn on so they will turn on each other. We are told that everything is racist these days and now even if []

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03:30

Why isnt this on front page of every Arab newspaper? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Palestinians have been stripped of their rights and no one is reporting it. Why isnt this on the front page of every Arab newspaper? Why is the UN silent? Where is the condemnation from all the anti-Israel activists? Why the silence? Maybe it is because the Israelis treat the Palestinians far better than their fellow []

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03:03

Goodbye Google "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Readers will be aware a number of major tech companies e g Google, Facebook, Twitter have moved towards what can only be called political censorship, whereby conservative comments are blocked and conservative sites harassed.

The latest episode concerning Google has prompted a potentially damaging action from an employee who was fired for expressing quite mild views which did not comply with the PC leftist group-think of the corporation.

Adolf is grateful for a commenter at Bloomberg who provided detail of an alternative search engine, duckduckgo.com.

Adolf will not be returning to Google nor does he use Facebook or Twitter.

03:00

03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The spirit of childhood Hello, Brother (Louis Armstrong)

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02:30

Being an outlier with controversial but popular opinions is more effective than you would think "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Milo Yiannopoulos is an outlier with controversial but popular opinions that resonate with people who are quite different to him. The way the world is supposed to work is that Gay men are supposed to be left wing politically and they are expected to not believe in God yet Milo has broken that mould and []

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02:00

Map of the day: Which country is the biggest Sh*thole? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Which country has the most open defecation in the world? In other words, which country is the biggest Sh*thole? Using the method described by Friedrich Huebler on his blog, and using estimates of the WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme on Water Supply and Sanitation, and with advice from my friend Srini, I created an open defecation map of the []

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01:30

End of life choices "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Sometimes you read something that perfectly captures a scene or an emotion.  I envy that ability, more so when it is a difficult subject.  This opinion piece was a stand-out for me, it really captures with sensitivity and dignity, the challenges families have when facing end of life choices. I remember the first of many []

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01:00

As a woman of colour I am so over the EVERYTHING is racist theme "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Everywhere I look I am being told something is raaaaaacist. I am sick to the back teeth of it. It is the latest fad these days to look for racism in the simplest things, point them out and then virtue signal madly about it. These are first world racism problems. No actual coloured people are []

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00:30

BDS now bullying Israeli singer coming to WOMAD "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Emboldened by their success in bullying lil Ella Yelich-OConnor aka Lorde, the BDS movement is now going after Israeli singers wanting to play in NZ. A Palestinian advocacy group is calling for the withdrawal of an Israeli singer from the WOMAD lineup. Victoria Hanna is scheduled to perform at the New Plymouth festival in March. But []

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00:19

Austin Mitchell Returns "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Revenge of the Rich The neo-liberal revolution in Britain and New Zealand By Austin Mitchell (Biteback Publishing (UK): Canterbury University press NZ) Reviewed by Jeremy Smith Back in the mid-late 60s, academic Austin Mitchell was busy man- writing books about the New Zealand politics, presenting entertaining lectures at Canterbury University and appearing on our single channel []

00:05

Authoritarian Leftism is an impossible project: Nick Cohen on censorship "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Very interesting piece on intolerance. H/T Jim Rose

Why Evolution Is True

Nick Cohens new piece in the Guardian, Censorship wins no arguments and just helps the right, makes the same point that Steve Pinker did in his remarks at the Spiked discussion at Harvard: by deeming some subjects taboo to discuss, or dismissing them as unworthy of discussion, the Left drives people rightwards. While this claim has been dismissed by some, youll hear from the full Spiked discussion (worth watching!) that its true to at least some extent. Some examples: the attempt to censor or deplatform people (since 2010 mostly from the Left) on college campuses, the attempt to dismiss and demonize people without engaging them by using epithets like alt-right and Nazis, the curt dismissal of arguments about group differences as reflecting either  evolutionary psychology (a supposedly discredited discipline) or sexism, and so on.

Ive argued before that such censorship does the Left no good

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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 from above the Ohope Village over the surf club to Whale Island. window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line.

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00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Cattle categories removed from A&P show   David Loughrey:

This years Otago-Taieri A&P Show will be without cattle categories, as shows across the South take precautions against Mycoplasma bovis.

Kelly Allison said the decision not to have cattle at the January 27 show was made last week in  light of the spread of the bacterial infection, to guard against its transmission.

Mr Allison is on the Otago-Taieri A&P Show committee and on the executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand.

I think its a very small chance that a cow would transfer it to another cow, he said. . . 

A radical rethink of NZs largest farm is on the table  Emily Heyward & Paula Hulburt:

New Zealands largest farm or massive public park? You decide.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is open to a radical rethink of the historic Molesworth Station, the rolling high-country farm linking Marlborough to North Canterbury.

The farming lease at the 180,000-hectare cattle ranch  about the size of Stewart Island  expires in 2020, and the public could help shape its future. . . 

Third generation dairy farmers turn to hemp Alexander Robertson:

Forget about white gold and our massive dairy industry, green gold could be the new king of the crop.

As the hemp industry opens up in New Zealand, a Rangitikei family is giving hemp a shot as they try get off the herd and diversify their dairy farm in hemp and pumpkin for the first year.

The Welch family have farmed the same land for more than 90 years over three generations.

However, for this family theres many sides to the dairy industry with ethical challenges. . . 

Blueberry season over earlier than usual in warmer weather Jill Galloway:

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23:30

Following up on the truth and how liberals cant handle it "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Columnist Andrew Klavan talks about crudeness and the truth: Nothing scandalizes a leftist like the truth. Point out that women and men are different, that black Americans commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime, that most terrorist acts are committed by Muslims, and the Left leaps to its collective feet in openmouthed shock, like Margaret Dumont []

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23:15

Whaleoil now has a full set of armour: WE DID IT! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Back in November 2016 we launched the Whaleoil Bronze subscription and I set myself a financial goal. I used the idea of a Whaleoil suit of armour to help visualise our progress towards the target of no longer being dependent on advertising revenue for our income and today I am THRILLED to announce that today we []

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22:30

Book Review Of The Day Cicero trilogy Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator "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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22:00

Zero Carbon Act "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In amongst the Christmas rush the following press release was made on 18 December: The Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, is pleased to announce today the Governments first important step towards creating a Zero Carbon Act. Today the Government is making the first important move to deliver on our commitments to be a world leader []

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21:30

The push to recognise fake genders now being aimed at the census "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The mentally unstable alphabet peoples crusade to have their fake gender preferences recognised is now moving to force the government to include fake genders in the census. The campaign is being assisted by Fairfax pushing the agenda in an editorial: Given the attention now paid to diverse gender identities and ever-growing openness about sexual orientation, it might []

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21:15

Can Bill English Get to 61 Votes After the 2020 Election? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bill Englishs puff piece in the NZ Womens Weekly suggests he wants to stay leader of the National Party.

At the moment there are no serious contenders to take the leadership from him, although this could change relatively quickly.

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21:00

How much will Molesworth cost? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Department of Conservation is consulting on the Molesworth Station management plan.

Molesworth is an iconic high-country station. It is owned by the public of New Zealand and managed by DOC on your behalf.

The Station became a recreation reserve in 2005. It has many values, including heritage, conservation, cultural and recreation.

Managing Molesworth

Molesworth is currently managed as a working high-country station through a farming lease and grazing licence to Landcorp. The farming lease expires in 2020.

A management plan for Molesworth was approved in 2013. Its intention was to transition Molesworth from its traditional focus on farming to include more recreation and conservation activities.

The plan puts restrictions on public access in order to meet farming requirements. It may be necessary to manage recreational activity to protect conservation goals for natural, cultural and historic reasons, and to protect the recreational experience of other users.

DOC sees potential in working collaboratively with others on landscape-scale restoration in Molesworth. It is a biodiversity hotspot for a wide range of dryland animal and plant species. It also faces challenges from pests and significant weed problems such as wilding conifers. . . 

We were on Molesworth a few years ago and horrified by the spread of wilding pines. The spread of hieracium was also a visible problem.

DOC wants peoples thoughts on

  • how Molesworth is currently managed
  • how you think the range of values on Molesworth should be managed into the future
  • future opportunities or improvements to the way Molesworth is managed.

Youll find the survey here.

Molesworths values include heritage, conservation, cultural and recreation.

Farming fits with heritage, conservation and cultural values and doesnt have to exclude recreation. It also generates income, although that doesnt mean it makes a profit for either Landcorp which leases the proper...

21:00

Bob Marley A look at his life "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From the director of The Last King of Scotland

21:00

Before a single tree is planted the billion tree promise looks dead in the water "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The new government has promised to plant a billion new trees. Not a single one has yet been planted and already the promises look doomed. The Government could be about to fell its own tree-planting plans. Sources say Treasury has drafted legislation that it will put to Cabinet at the end of the month which will []

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20:30

Liberals cant handle the truth "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The snivelling left are out to get Trump, even if they have to lie and cheat to do it. The latest so-called outrage over shitholes is a case in point, along with the WaPo re-publishing scurrilous allegations about Trump and a porn star that both Trump and the porn star deny. George notes: A wee []

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20:00

So glad teacher registration is keeping kids safeoh wait "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Labour party opposes charter schools. One of the reasons (a false one) is that they are allowed to recruit teachers who arent registered. Their rationale is that teacher registration keeps kids safe. Im so glad teacher registration is keeping kids safeoh wait: Drunk drivers, fraudsters and child pornography offenders are among 627 New Zealand teachers who received a criminal conviction []

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20:00

Hoekstra Finally Apologizes To Dutch For False Statements About Muslim Terror in Netherlands "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It would seem Hoekstra has now apologised. Suspect it is too grudging and too late. Any credibility he may have had is now lost.

JONATHAN TURLEY

1200px-Pete_Hoekstra_official_photoWe have been following the train wreck following the arrival of our new ambassador, Pete Hoekstra, to the Netherlands.  The former Republican congressman was confronted by reporters about a false statement that he made in 2015 when he said the Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos. Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burnt, there are politicians that are being burnt. And yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.  When confronted by the reporters that no such chaos occurred, Hoekstra denied making the statement.  He insisted I didnt say that. That is actually an incorrect statement. We would call it fake news. I never said that its not what I said.  The reporter then played the tape and Hoekstra stumbled with I didnt call that fake news. I didnt use the words today. I dont think I did. If Hoekstra thought that

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19:47

Far too many toys, better options "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Many children are given far too many toys. It isnt good for them, and the costs is not good for families. Simple old fashioned play endures. A toyshop owner in Dunedin who is getting out of the business makes these points in: Toyworld story coming to an end A Dunedin toy shop owner is set []

19:30

Sen. Perdue Denies President Said Shithole Countries Remark "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So this whole sorry mess sinks further into the foetid swamp of politics. The question of developing a possible immigration policy is subsumed beneath the web of faulty memories,lies and obfuscations of politicians. The whole exacerbated by the extreme polarisation of US politics in 2018. Overheated further by personal animosities between many of the actors in this travesty.

JONATHAN TURLEY

David_Perdue,_Official_Portrait,_114th_CongressAs we discussed yesterday, both Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have said that President Donald Trump did indeed refer to Haiti and Africa as shithole countries.  However, Sen. David Perdue (R., Ga.) on ABC This Week says that the word was never used. Period. He also said that the meeting was productive and suggested that Durbin is lying (and has lied previously) about such meetings.  PreviouslyTom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Sen. Perdue have said that they simply do not recall.  Now Purdue says that he has a clear recollection and the words were never used.  Sen. Jeff Flake has said that he met with members in the meeting before the words were made public and that members openly discussed Trumps use of these words.

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19:30

One of our readers fisks HDPA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I was going to write on Heather du Plessis-Allan-Sopers column, but then I checked the General Debate yesterday and saw Wallace Westland beat me to it: Heather du Plessis-Allan pretending she has a balanced perspective on Trump but uses her trashy column to perform another veiled hit job. Think the Muslim travel ban, his progressing []

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19:20

Researchers study largest underwater eruption in Pacific Ocean "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The first close quarters investigation of what was possibly the largest underwater volcanic eruption in modern history has uncovered a carpet of pumice rocks, some as big as motor vehicles, and unexpected ocean-bed lava flows. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, a research team led by the University of Tasmania in Australia and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US report on the use of two autonomous underwater vehicles to explore the aftermath of the eruption of the 2012 Harve volcano, which lies between New Zealand and American Samoa in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The volcano blew on July 18, 2012, an event noted only when passengers on an airliner flying above the Kermadec Islands (of which Harve is an underwater component) noticed a huge number of pumice rocks floating on the surface of the ocean. The raft of rocks eventually covered almost 400 square kilometres. Three years later, the joint Australian-US expedition headed to the blast site.

19:15

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

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19:14

Spotlight on gender pay gap "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

More attention is being given to the gender pay gap in New Zealand since the change of Government. Stuff: Broadcasters silent on pay equity, as Stats NZ plan to measure gender gap The Government has ordered Statistics NZ to begin measuring the countrys gender pay gap. Levelling out salaries in the public sector is something the new Government has []

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"

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. Molire who was born on this day in 1622.

18:41

Word of the day eucatastrophe "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Now to find a way to use it.

Homepaddock

Eucatastrophe a sudden and favourable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending.

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18:18

Pope on World Day of Migrants and Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Pope has spoken about immigration in a special mass for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Reuters:  Fear and doubt should not determine response to immigrants, Pope says Mutual fears between immigrants and their new communities are understandable, but must not prevent new arrivals from being welcomed and integrated, Pope Francis said on []

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is subside (verb) 1. (a) To become less intense, active, or severe; abate. (b) To become smaller or less prominent, as swelling. 2. To move or sink to a lower or normal level. 3. To sink to the bottom, as a sediment. 4. To sit down slowly; settle down. Source []

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18:00

Merkel may now attend Davos forum "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There could be more attention to the World Economic Forum due to be held in Davos, Switzerland in about two weeks, with US President Donald Trump scheduled to attend. It is seen as contradictory that Trump would want to attend a forum focussed on globalisation given his preference for US isolation. Reuters: Swiss mountain town []

18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 15 18 A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them.

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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 Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 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 Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 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 []

16:18

Meteor fireball seen over Northland, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Residents of a Far North holiday hotspot were treated to a flashy display of space fireworks late last night. Cable Bay resident Sheryl Day was out on her deck at about 10.45pm when she saw what she described as a "large, intense yellow fireball, tinged with green". "Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something bright, and as I turned, this great thing, almost like a fireball, just whizzed by. "While Day frequently sees meteors when gazing at the night sky, these were typically distant and fleeting. But this object, she said, seemed much closer as it "wooshed down and then just disappeared".

12:05

World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

January 15 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

588 BC  Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiahs reign.

69  Otho seized power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but rules for only three months before committing suicide.

1493 Christopher Columbus set sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World.

1559 Elizabeth I was crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey.

1622  Molire(Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) French playwright, was born (d. 1673).

1759 The British Museum opened.

1842 Blessed Mary McKillop, Australian  saint, was born (d. 1909)

1870  A political cartoon for the first time symbolised the United StatesDemocratic Party with a donkey (A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion byThomas Nast for Harpers Weekly).

1889 The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, was originally incorporated in Atlanta.

1892 James Naismith published the rules of basketball.

1893  Ivor Novello, Welsh composer and actor, was born (d. 1951).

1902  King Saud of Saudi Arabia, was born (d. 1969).

1906 Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, was born  (d. 1975).

1909 Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer, was born  (d. 1939).

1913  Lloyd Bridges, American actor, was born (d. 1998).

1914...

11:58

Delightful Interlude "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Below, for your sheer enjoyment is one of my favorite pieces of music.  It was played some years ago in our church during the offertory by an elderly retired concert pianist.

Still brings a tear to the eye as I remember this gorgeous, elegant and sophisticated lady of talent.

Here it is.  Arabesque by Robert Schumann.

09:00

Sunday Nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We were in Wanaka when our dog-sitting duties began.

Before they left, her people and I had dog-proofed the section so when my farmer and I went out for dinner we didnt tie up the dog.

Id taken the precaution of putting my phone number on a label on her collar and at 9:30 got a call to say she was at a pub in the middle of town.

I went straight to pick her up and found her very pleased with herself and her new friends.

I strengthened the dog-proofing but twice more she got out and went exploring. The first time someone rang me, the second she returned of her own accord.

After that I wouldnt let her roam outside unless someone was with her.

Its been several years since weve had a playing dog and I enjoyed the experience. She required at least two good walks a day which was good for both of us and her sheer delight in bounding free, smelling new scents and, when at home on the farm, chasing rabbits was contagious.

Her people have returned home and we delivered her back this afternoon.

Two weeks of dog sitting has been fun and now shes back home happy well and Im grateful for that.

08:00

Sunday Stand-up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:56

ON THE BRINK RADIO #231 IN 2 HRS: THE LEGENDARY JAMES WILKINSON, NEW ZEALAND MUSICIAN PAR EXCELLENCE / MY VISIT TO HAWAII NEXT WEEK :) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

THE SEA SEEMS TO CONTAIN EVERY FREQUENCY KNOWN TO MAN James Wilkinson SATURDAYS@ 9AM EST-USA / FRIDAY 3 AM HAWAII TIME / SATURDAY 11 PM MELBOURNE/SYDNEY/TASMANIA TIME AUSTRALIA / 2 AM NEW ZEALAND TIME and SUNDAYS @ 8AM EST-USA / SATURDAY 2 AM HAWAII TIME / SUNDAY 10 PM MELBOURNE/SYDNEY/TASMANIA TIME AUSTRALIA/MONDAY MIDNIGHT NEW ZEALAND []

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07:33

First Hot Day of the Year "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Forty degrees Celsius at 1430 hrs and Adolf has just enjoyed his third swim of the day.

The pool is heated by way of a large roof top solar unit with a complicated control unit.   Current water temperature is a refreshing 30 degrees.

I find it quite unpleasant even in the shade, so I'm inside wrapping myself around an ice cold beer while the aircon maintains a civilized 23 degrees.

I wonder how everyone is getting on in that South Pacific ****hole?

07:27

Hawaii Missile Alert: What The Hell Happened? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Having been on the receiving end of a bungled disaster alert myself, I feel for the residents of Hawaii. But really: A single individualby mistake? Clicking through a safeguard even? Either this individual did this wilfully, or were being told porkies. Was this a hack and the authorities are covering up a systems vulnerability? Whatever []

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06:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Well, thats one way to handle it I guess    

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06:23

Auckland Tennis: Good And Bad "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Great to see the stars, but By Roger Childs The recent ATP Auckland tournaments which are lead ups to next weeks Australian Open, were a mixed bag. World number 10, Roberto Bautista Agut was a worthy winner, and played a semi final which was the match of the two weeks, while last years champion []

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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06:00

The Classic Bob Marley Buffalo Soldier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bob Marley the real thing unlike Trump.

Per Trump, Bob would no doubt be seen as coming from a shithole. Trump should think,if he can why his forebears came to America, perhaps they left a shithole.

05:06

Pictures Of The Week: Auckland Sun "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Four photos from the same location By Howard Chamberlain Here are four photos taken while was in Auckland on 29 Nov 2017. I was conducting some research for my NZ Korea Roll and started at 5.00 am. The next three were taken at 20.00 then 20.35 the 23.05.      

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Eucatastrophe a sudden and favourable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending.

04:30

04:00

As long as Islam is the belief system the pendulum will always swing back to Sharia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The protests in Iran are not only about economics and politics, theyre also about Islam. Iran in the 1960s saw mini skirts, smiling women with uncovered hair, men and women freely holding hands on university campuses, and in the air there was a sense that progress was possible. Then the Shah was deposed during the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and the Ayatollah []

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03:53

THE JONES' BOY AND HIS BILLION TREES "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Kiwiblog has a handy little counter which tells you how many trees had to be planted by now were the Jones/Ardern government to fulfill their promise of planting a billion new trees a year.     As it stands right now the total stands at 204.5 million increasing by 2 trees per second.

I guess the 'out' for this mob of losers is that 'they' didn't specify a start year nor did they come clean that their total includes all the trees normally planted by the industry.

But it was instructive that Jones was slapped down by Ardern when he suggested the planing would be done by his cussie bros in some sort of grand 'work-for-the-dole' scheme.    Tree planting is seasonal and hard work with a high attrition rate if they are not planted properly.    Does anyone really think the Jones' boy cussie bros are willing and capable of such work.  

Hat tip ... ask any Forester up here in Northland why much of their workforce is imported Island labour.  


03:30

I love Twitter. its like owning your own newspaper without the losses. Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We know full well that Twitter does not represent the real world but The Donald is having a ball trolling the lot of them according to the Infographic released by Visual Capitalist. Admittedly the figures are US only, but interesting nevertheless: The man that the Twitterati love to hate is mentioned 7 times more often than []

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03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ecuadorable Dont worry, be happy and (ecu)adore life ^^ In September 2017 I packed my bag (including camera) and headed off to South-America! I travelled to Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands together with my girl and captured these moments. This video mainly contains clips of Ecuador and the Galapagos, but also a few clips []

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02:30

Bannon has learned the downside of having a wealthy backer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is only one revenue model that allows a media site to remain truly independent and free to express the opinions its editor wants to be expressed and that is the subscription model. Mainstream media who rely on advertising for their revenue are wary of upsetting major advertisers so may avoid or downplay any news stories []

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02:30

Washington Post reader writes:- "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A commenter at Washington Post in regard to an article on the contribution made Haitians to USA

One positive byproduct of dts ignorance, which is as vast as his ego, is that every time he says something colossally stupid, someone somewhere comes back with a great answer such as this one. I have learned so much more this year researching what dt says, and finding out how wrong he is about everything. And I am an historian by profession.

01:45

Take the Quiz: Should you pay $49 a month for a GOLD Whaleoil subscription? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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01:30

Miracle schools: Teaching Kids How to Cheat the System "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

My nephew has just finished his secondary schooling experience. He is a classic product of NCEA. It has been a puzzling experience for his elderly parents who forked out a considerable amount for his private school education. My nephew and I have had to reassure them on numerous occasions that his laid-back approach to achievement []

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01:00

Its too late weve missed the bus "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nearly a year ago Newshub told us about a NZ scientist appointed to help prepare a UN climate change report. Oh wait, let me read that headline again: Kiwi political scientist to help prepare UN climate change report.  (Glad that they are rolling out the heavyweights for this important issue!) New Zealand will be represented []

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00:30

A Washington Post reader writes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bonespurs McCombover

Heres the bottom line: Trump called a meeting to discuss DACA. When he found that the Democrats and Republicans had worked out a proposal that didnt have his name on it, and that he didnt understand the whole conversation, he acted out in order to show the room that he was in charge.

Thats what insecure, incompetent managers do when they find that theyre in over their head and dont know whats going on around them. They derail the work thats being done in spite of them.

In this case, a couple of the senators in the room had taken enough of his crap.

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Arbeit Macht Frei : Work sets you free "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In an earlier article, I mentioned that we had dinner with a French tourist a psychiatrist who works in a hospital in Berlin. She had been here in New Zealand on a walking holiday for a couple of weeks when we had dinner, in the first week of January. I was very keen to []

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History of the Russian Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just reading Trotskys the history of the Russian Revolution. A large book with huge detail and amazing insight into the psychology and treachery of the counter revolutionary forces, and of course western industrialist interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation, surprise, surprise

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What I find fascinating is the similarity between this and the normal workings of a so-called democracy in an imperialist world with all the usual lies and treachery. While the workings and treachery are nothing new, it gives a great insight and understanding into how it all works and a great education for people interested in changing the world order and achieving a real peoples democracy.

While reading it I took time out to read a small Socialist Aotearoa pamphlet called In Defence of October. This was a debate between four historians on whether Leninism led to Stalinism. An interesting debate with a lot of good points made in it, but by the end there seemed to be one glaring omission and I think this is true in general about the debate on this subject worldwide and that is:

Did western industrialist interference in the revolution lead to Stalinism? Did Churchillism lead to Stalinism? Did Churchillism lead to Hitler? Did it lead to Franco? Did it lead to Mussolini? Did it lead to the Greek generals? Did it lead to Pinochet? Did it lead to Pol Pot?

The list goes on and on. I could list about 50 countries where the US alone has been instrumental in installing horrible dictators, which ultimately has led to the fucked up capitalist world we live in now, with its perpetual wars, starvation poverty, persecution, real threat of climate disaster and nuclear war.

While the academics argue about the deck chairs on the titanic.

The question really should be: if western industrial countries had kept their blood stained hands out of Russias revolution, would Leninism have led to a utopian world socialism? And I think the answer would be, quite likely.

Sometimes I think these academics lack imagination or empathy. They dont seem to be able to fully comprehend the situation Lenin found himself in after the revolution and after the civil war. They dont seem to be able to comprehend the magnitude of being invaded by the most powerful countries in the world, and the devastating effect of this on the revolution and on socialism. They seem to think that Lenin could just...

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Past Due "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Theres so much you can be in your future, once you figure out it has nothing to do with your past. Past Due  2018 Brian Andreas posted with permission.

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View From Your Window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken a year ago. Our reader writes  Not exactly from the window, as I had an internal facing wall.  This is the view, standing across the road.  The office wifi was good but the air-cond was not: the room was either 35 degrees C []

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Saturday, 13 January

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They probably should just get some Abos to dust them up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is great deal of fuss and bother in Australia at the moment over African gangs and crime. Our own Australian correspondent disproved the political correct view that the two things are unrelated. Now the Abos are up in arms. ONE of Australias most senior Aboriginal tribal leaders has delivered a sharp message to African []

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The Classic The Supremes Stop In The Name Of Love "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Useful commentary at the You Tube upload, worth a look

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Different views and racism at The Standard "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some interesting discussions and reactions about racism at The Standard, triggered by the debate over Donald Trumps shithole comments. Yesterday Bill posted Two Faced Liberalism. Anyone want to lay out what the essential difference might be between picking and choosing between broad categories of migrants and picking and choosing between broad categories of migrants? Whats []

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Will Robots Steal Our Jobs DW doco Future of Work 1/2 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Recent documentary from DW and relevant to NZ given government muttering on this topic

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