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Thursday, 19 April


Funding the Web Commons, Or, How Do You Fund Crowdfunding? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A couple of years back, I decided to see if I could actually get funded by the communities who I created Disintermedia to inform and support. I started gathering information about different ways people could pay me over the internet, and adding it to a page called Help Disintermedia, which was initially created to publicly thank services like CoActivate that help us in non-monetary ways. First, I experimented with setting up the software to receive BitCoins, and put up a wallet address (is that right?), and over the next year that was followed by a link to a Patreon page, and then a Liberapay page. These micropatronage sites allow people to give small, regular amounts, and in theory, like newspaper subscriptions, many peoples small payments can add up. Im embarrassed to admit that so far, these efforts have been a dismal failure.

For a start, the BitCoin address I published was: 19KER7hfqXhZnHnnJ3VcGRr2w3i1v6e44e

But I have no idea now where this directs BitCoins to, or if anyone actually donated any, how to retrieve them. I just havent had the time to do all the reading required to fully understand how to use BitCoin; how to back up my wallet, how to accept payments to the same wallet from multiple devices, whether I can do this using the same address, so many questions! The same is even more true for other crypto-coins (FairCoin, FreiCoin, SolarCoin, NameCoin, FileCoin etc). If you can help me get to grips with any of this, especially if you are keen to donate to Disintermedia  please feel free to contact me.

Im also considering figuring out how to use Brave, Minds, SteemIt,, and a bunch of other new systems that claim to offer ways of paying creators who contribute to the weaving of the free web. But seriously, figuring out which of these are honest, and viable, is a high-stakes research project in and of itself. With real money involved, theres no kind of software more attractive to bad actors, idealistic incompetents, and venture capitalists. They all take time to set up and learn to use well, and you cant get any benefit out of them without giving them real personal details and banking information. On top of that, theres a risk involved in implicitly endorsing them if they end up being dodgy.

Ive thought about experimenting with the newly relaunched Flattr 2.0, s...


World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


April 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1303 The University of Rome La Sapienza was instituted by Pope Boniface VIII.

1453 The last naval battle in Byzantine history when three Genoese galleys escorting a Byzantine transport fought their way through the huge Ottoman blockade fleet and into the Golden Horn.

1494 Johannes Agricola, German Protestant reformer was born (d. 1566) .

1534  Jacques Cartier began the voyage during which he discovered Canada and Labrador.

1535 The Sun Dog phenomenon observed over Stockholm and depicted in the famous painting Vdersolstavlan

1653  Oliver Cromwell dissolved the Rump Parliament.

1657 Admiral Robert Blake destroyed a Spanish silver fleet under heavy fire at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

1657  Freedom of religion  was granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).

1689 The former King James II of England,  then deposed, lay siege to Derry.

1775 American Revolutionary War: the Siege of Boston began.

1792 France declared war on Austria, beginning of French Revolutionary Wars.

1809 Two Austrian army corps in Bavaria are defeated by a First French Empire army led by Napoleon I of France at the Battle of Abensberg on the second day of a four day campaign which ended in a French victory.

1810 The Governor of Caracas declared independence from Spain.



Sandy Hook Saga: Parents Suing Jones For Cruel and Dangerous Assertions "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Do you believe Sandy Hook was a False Flag? If so, then is a case of crisis actors yet again? It seems unlikely to me. Regardless of ones beliefs, this should be taken as indication that Alt. Media needs to tread carefully! AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) The parents of two children killed in the 2012 []

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366 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Weve been having heating problems again.

The weather has been warm, so we havent missed it too much,  and the fix-it man turned up today, worked his magic and got the motor which heats the water which heats the house going again for which Im grateful.


On living under a hyperreal sky "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On the morning of 11 August 1993, my partner and I took a train and then a bus from Milan, where we lived, to Courmayeur, an alpine town near the French border. We didnt book any accommodation, but headed with our blankets a little way up Mont Blanc, in search of an open space protected from the lights of the city. It was the night of the Perseids, or tears of Saint Lawrence, when the


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Equivocate  to use equivocal language especially with intent to deceive; to avoid committing oneself in what one says; to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge; speak in a way that is intentionally not clear and confusing to other people, especially to hide the truth.


Five Eyes demand action on Russia hacking "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

British prime minister Theresa May. Photo EPA/Will Oliver


Russias cyber warfare attacks on the United Kingdom and its links to chemical weapons have prompted four countries in the Five Eyes security alliance to demand action.

The prime ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK met in London to discuss cyber security, and Russias attacks in particular.

The cooperation between our nations allowed us to trace Februarys NotPetya hack to Russia, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in the meeting on Wednesday local time.

Russia is using cyber as part of a wider effort to attack and undermine the international system.

Its interference over the past year has included attacks on the public sector, media, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said illegal conduct from Russia cannot be tolerated.

Whether it is a chemical attack in Syria, the use of a nerve agent on British soil, or the expanding cyber attacks across the internet these must be resisted, they must be protected, they must be identified, Mr Turnbull told the meeting.

Mrs May said Russia is using disinformation campaigns to distort the truth of what happened in chemical weapons attacks in Salisbury and in Syria.

I have been clear to Russia that we know what it is doing. And we should be in no doubt that such cyber warfare is one of the great challenges of our time, she said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the four nations, who along with the United States make up the Five Eyes security alliance, stood in solidarity with the UK.



Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Zespri says Gold3 licensing tender to generated as much as $195M in 2018  Rebecca Howard:

 (BusinessDesk) Zespri Group said corporate revenue from the 2018 allocation of the Gold3 license release will be $190 million to $195 million, or around $253,000-to-$260,000 per hectare, a figure that is up on the prior year.

The range is the combined revenue estimate resulting from 700 hectares of Gold3 licence, and 50 hectares of Gold3 Organic new development licence, both released under a closed tender bid mechanism, New Zealands statutory kiwifruit exporter said in a release. The validation process for all bids is still ongoing and all bidders will be notified of their outcome from May 1. . . .

Water quality results show pleasing improvements:

Federated Farmers says all the hard work being done to improve our freshwater quality is starting to pay off.

The release of the National River Water Quality Trends by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) show that many more sites are improving than deteriorating for all the river water quality parameters monitored over a 10 year period.

There are lots of good things going on, both urban and rural, to help improve the quality of our waterways, Federated Farmers water and environment spokesperson Chris Allen says.

It is very good news. To see that the effort being made is starting to show results. . . 

Bigger role for water companies in farm strategy:

Irrigation companies have a bigger role to play in helping farmers make strategic decisions on land use, future innovation strategist Roger Dennis says.

Dennis is a key-note speaker at Agri Innovation in Ashburton on 2 May, held jointly by MHV Water, Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation and Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation.

He says many organisations influence farmers, but none is more agnostic about how farmers use their land than the company that delivers their water. . . 

Irrigation body confident of b...


Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You are invited to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual batch of apple muffins.


How To Unleash Your True Power As A Creator, Truthseekah "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How To Unleash Your True Power As A Creator, Truthseekah

Tell us who you are and how you got to where you are now...

Seems as great a place to start a discussion as any other.
After going through a period of religion, a deeper revelation dawned that the occult and mystic arts had more to do with being a powerful creator, rather than just a servant of one, that realization carries with it certain obligations, namely, that it honors ones creator if one is also a creator.
But, guilt, fear and pain, while unpleasant, are in fact one of the principle drivers behind the creation of in many cases, great art and innovative, inspiring individuals.
A deep and personal conversation about what makes people who they are, is, sometimes, the easiest way to see ones own path to a better future.
Please listen, laugh, learn and ponder over this truly provocative conversation that touches on everything from religious indoctrination to making music that comes from the soul!


Donald Trump scrubs the TPP again "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

US president Donald Trump. AP Photo/Alex Brandon


US President Donald Trump has again turned his back on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after just days ago raising the prospect he might consider rejoining the massive free trade agreement with Australia, Japan and nine other allied nations.

Mr Trump, at the end of a two-day visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, told reporters he was now actively pursuing a bilateral deal with Japan.

The US is committed to free, fair and reciprocal very important word trade and we are committed to pursuing a bilateral trading relationship that benefits both of our great countries, Mr Trump told Wednesdays press conference.

Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Brunei, Peru, Vietnam, Chile, Malaysia and Mexico moved ahead on the TPP without the US and in March had a formal signing ceremony for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), also known as TPP11.

Mr Trump also told reporters on Wednesday he was looking forward to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in coming weeks in the hope of ridding the rogue nation of its nuclear weapons.

Hopefully that meeting will be a great success, Mr Trump said.

The post Donald Trump scrubs the TPP again appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Flying Triangle UFO Sightings Over New Jersey "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What exactly was that in the night sky over Wall Township on St. Patricks Day? Was it a UFO, or was it something else? Jeff Wallace, 43, of Wall, would sure like to know. He was driving to pick up his stepdaughter from the Quick Chek on Belmar Boulevard that Saturday night, when he observed []

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Wednesday, 18 April


"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State..." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone."~ Frederic Bastiat


Packing Their Bags For Downing Street "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson are packing their bags for Downing Street, as Theresa May, Amber Rudd, Gavin Williamson, and Boris Johnson, are having a secret meeting, to determine if their combined IQs can reach a double digit. Johnson of course being unbelievable at least since his Aid flights to Anguilla contained no Aid, but []

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Private property is private regardless of size "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Increasing numbers of visitors are increasing problems for landowners who may restrict or refuse access.

This was one of the issue identified by Walking Access Commission Ara Hkoi Aotearoa in the South Island High Country Access Report.

One landholder, who has a popular walkway that crosses his property, spoke of the numbers of people increasing from approximately 30,000 per year in 2013 to an expected 70-100,000 people in 2017.

While most private landholders, the Department of Conservation and local authorities all agreed that the percentage of poorly behaved visitors wasnt getting worse, the number increases mean the impact of poor behaviour is still growing.

One noted issue was the impact of the internet making it harder to predict which walks/areas will become popular one viral Instagram post or YouTube video can result in thousands more people coming to a place previously only known to locals.

Increased numbers and unpredictability are also making landholders warier of opening new access points. A farmer happy to have a track with 1000 people per year might be less willing to do so if they are fearful they will instead have 20,000 people per year.

With more people you get more problems with people who dont understand outdoor etiquette leave gates as you find them, dont disturb stock, take only photos, leave only footprints. . .

Friends have a musterers hut near a walking trail. Trampers found the key, went into the hut, turned on the gas, used it and left it on, left rubbish then posted where to find the key on social media.

Many interviewees pointed out that numbersin themselves are not necessarily a bad thing, but rather it is the unpredictability and thelack of control over where people go that can cause problems. Positives of increased numbers include more money owing into regions, and more opportunities for farmers to diversify their income streams to help subsidise bad years in their core operation such as accommodation on trails, concessions for guided tours, and more. . . 

The lack of appropriate infrastructure to go along with tracks and trails was noted repeatedly, in particular a lack of toileting facilities and the impact that has on the environment. . . 

Who pays for the infrastructure and attends to its upkeep? Landowners who get no return for access dont want to, nor do councils with small rating bases when most of the visitors arent ratepayers....


Climate Change Committee announced, significant omissions "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change, has announced the members of the Interim Climate Change Committee. The members have a wide range of relevant experience, but notably there is no farmer or oil and gas industry or transport representation. The Minister for Climate Change today announced the membership of the Interim Climate Change Committee, which []


Questions about Winston Peters and NZs foreign policy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Winston Peters negotiated the roles of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Some of his positions, especially on Russia, have been controversial and somewhat mysterious. Guyon Espiner asks some pertinent questions, like What is Winston Peters foreign policy, anyway? To outsiders New Zealand foreign policy must look like a riddle wrapped in []


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its amazing how we will suffer pain and abuse to keep our lives predictable. Well let our inner voices brutalize us, rather than live with the possibility that we might be wrong about how we see things. Well think, Well at least its a pain thats familiar. Uncertainty. Ruby Wax who celebrates her 65th birthday today.


Fossil baleen whale discovery in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This video says about itself:

36.4M-Year-Old Fossilized Skeleton May Be Oldest Baleen Whale Relative

12 May 2017

Whale fossil found in Peru is the oldest-known baleen whale relative ever discovered, according to research published May 11 in Current Biology.

From the University of Otago in New Zealand:

New genus and species of extinct baleen whale identified

April 18, 2018

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealands ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million years ago and found in the Hakataramea Valley.

The new genus and species of extinct baleen whale is based on a skull and associated bones unearthed from the Kokoamu Greensand, a noted fossil-bearing rock unit in the South Canterbury and Waitaki district from the Oligocene period, which extends from about 33.9 million to 23 million years ago. At this time, New Zealand was an archipelago surrounded by shallow, richly productive seas.

Former PhD student in the University of Otagos Department of Geology, Cheng-Hsiu Tsai and his supervisor, Professor Ewan Fordyce, have named the new genus Toipahautea waitaki, which translates in Mori as a baleen-origin whale from the Waitaki region.

Professor Fordyce says the discovery is significant in...


German reaction to Ardern visit "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The visit if a prime Minister from a small remote country is not a big deal in Germany, but Jacinda Ardern has had some (relatively limited) coverage there. Collated by Geoffrey Miller in Twitter. Relatively little coverage in German media of @jacindaardern's visit to Berlin. Nothing from ARD/ZDF public broadcasters. The few reports on the []


The Israel Folau furore continues "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I have stayed away from the Israel Folau issue until now. A rugby player saying something silly doesnt sound very newsworthy to me. Someone with religious beliefs saying someone else will go to hell if they have different beliefs or sexuality is not new or unusual. Religious people have long claimed that everyone []


Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 April 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 []


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. Note: I thought I scheduled a post for General Chat today but cant find it. If it turns up []


Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 April 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 []


World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


April 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

65 The freedman Milichus betrayed Pisos plot to kill the Emperor Nero and all the conspirators were arrested.

531  Battle of Callinicum: A Byzantine army under Belisarius was defeated by the Persian at Ar-Raqqah (northern Syria).

1012  Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich, London.

1529 At the Second Diet of Speyer, a group of rulers and independent cities protested the reinstatement of the Edict of Worrms, beginning the Protestant Reformation.

1587  Francis Drake sank the Spanish fleet in Cdiz harbour.

1686  Vasily Tatishchev, Russian ethnographer and politician was born (d. 1750).

1713 With no living male heirs, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, issued the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 to ensure that Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would be inherited by his daughter, Maria Theresa of Austria (not actually born until 1717).

1758  William Carnegie, 7th Earl of Northesk, Scottish admiral was born (d. 1831).

1770  Captain James Cook sighted Australia.

1770 Marie Antoinette married Louis XVI by Proxy marriage.

1775  American Revolutionary War began at the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

1782 John Adams secured the Dutch Republics recognition of the United States as an independent government. The house which he had purchased in The Hague, became the first American embassy.



365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The weather which brought a light shower to our place last night left a sprinkling of snow on the Kakanui mountains.

They stood out against the blue sky this morning, freshly dressed in white, reminding me again how blessed we are to live where nature treats us to such beauty and for that Im grateful.


Fraught family issues and intimidating judges "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Relationship breakups and family arrangements can be fraught with problems. Fathers in particular can be put in difficult positions, often feeling helpless in the legal system, with preference often given to mothers. Some estranged fathers have been taking their frustrations too far. NZH: Police protect judges at home from intimidating Family Court protesters Judges are []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Exculpatory  tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt; removing blame; exonerative.


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Government should use tertiary funding to push Kiwis into primary industries Sarah Perriam:

Imagine two high school students.

One drops out to work in a factory.

The other finishes school, and now travels the world with chefs and photographers.

Theyre both 25 years old, and earning $100,000.

How did they do it? They chose to work in the food industry, which has for too long been called a primary industry. . . 

Interim climate change committee immediately asked how to deal with agricultural emissions Henry Cooke:

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced the members of a climate change committee and asked them to look at how to get agricultural emissions down.

The interim committee is chaired by David Prentice, who was most recently CEO and managing director of infrastructure firm Opus International Consultants, and features former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright.

The interim group will be replaced when an independent Climate Change Commission takes over in May of 2019, when Shaw hopes to pass a Zero Carbon Act, with an amendment at select committee to deal with agriculture. . . 

MPI committed to efficient Mycoplasma bovis compensation payouts:

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is committed to helping farmers affected by the cattle disease Mycoplasma...


That was then . . . "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Remember how hard Labour and the Green Party campaigned against the then-National Governments appointing commissioners to Environment Canterbury?

That was then, this is now:

National Party spokesperson for Greater Christchurch Regeneration has welcomed the decision by Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta to follow the previous National Governments approach to keep the current Environment Canterbury (ECan) board.

Nanaia Mahuta is making a sensible decision to keep the current ECan Board and returning to a full democracy at the 2019 local body election, as the previous National Government had planned, Ms Wagner says.

Labour made plenty of noise about the lack of full democracy in Canterbury whilst in Opposition. Both present Ministers Eugenie Sage and Megan Woods led an aggressive campaign to have full elections immediately.

Yet again, now that Labour is in Government it has abandoned its policy and is continuing with the plan started by National.

Our long-term approach whilst in Government was designed to improve the standards at ECan. In 2009, the previous Government appointed commissioners to ECan following repeated poor performance by the council in achieving their regulatory requirements.

Thanks to the hard work of the commissioners and the strong, sensible leadership of Dame Margaret Bazley and David Bedford, Canterbury now has one of the best performing regional councils in New Zealand.

This has always been about making good decisions for Canterbury. The commissioners were put in to complete the water management plan for Canterbury which had languished under the leadership of the previous council.

Nanaia Mahutas decision shows that the long-term plan started in 2009 has been effective. Half of the members on ECan were elected in 2016 and the plan had long been for the full council to be elected in 2019.

ECan wasnt working with elected councillors.

Commissioners have improved performance. Half the board are now elected members and as National planned, all members will be elected at the next local body elections next year.


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Comment: Winston Peters will keep us guessing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Analysis To outsiders New Zealand foreign policy must look like a riddle wrapped in a mystery, perhaps clear only to the enigmatic deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. by Guy Espiner, Radio NZ That phrase is, of course, butchered and borrowed from Winston Churchill, who was trying to decipher Russian []

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Farmers want Molesworth to stay as farm "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farmers want the countrys biggest farm Molesworth Station to stay as a farm.

. . .The Department of Conservation started an online survey on the future of Molesworth Station, between Marlborough and Canterbury, in January to gauge public appetite for a radical rethink of the farm.

The survey follows up a 2013 management plan for the 180,000-hectare Molesworth, about the size of Stewart Island, which looked to move the station away from its traditional farming focus to include more recreation and conservation activities.

But Molesworth neighbour Steve Satterthwaite, of Muller Station, said getting rid of farming could create major ramifications for the environment.

As far as Molesworth is concerned, I believe it should continue to be farmed and theres plenty of reasons as to why, he said.

Without farming, there could be pest problems and weed issues, as well as a huge fire risk, Satterthwaite said.

Weeds, pests and fires dont observe farm boundaries.

Any weed and pest management and fire prevention measures farmers do can be nullified if their neighbours arent doing their best too.

It was concerning the public could weigh in on the future of the Molesworth and potentially sway what happened with the station, he said.

It really concerns me that unaffected people that have no knowledge of the utilisation of Molesworth and the risk associated with not farming it can potentially have the input to sway the politicians or the decision-makers because of their numerical numbers, he said.

We are in the east of dry land zones, and if the fuel was allowed to be completely uncontrolled and public have unlimited access, the risk of a major fire in that environment would be one that would need to be considered seriously. . . 

Middlehurst Station farmer Susan Macdonald said she would like to see farming at the station continue, with the possibility of providing a little more public access.

She said it was important for farming at the station to continue for pest and weed reasons.

I would like to see it continue to be farmed in harmony with the environment and in harmony with peop...


Replacement for commonsense "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The government has developed what it calls a Child Impact Assessment Tool. Essentially it's a template for testing any policy for its effect on children and seems to have been developed at the behest of the United Nations.

Having waded through it, including the separate section on possible 'differential' impacts on Maori children, I'm left with the one overwhelming response - it's a replacement for commonsense.

Sorry, no, I have another.

It is no wonder governments become so sprawling when you consider the hours and man power it took to devise this, and the hours and man power it will take to administer it.


Trump pushing weapon sales to Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You would have to be cynical to think that this has anything to do with The virtue-bombing of Syria.  Arming the world: Inside Trumps Buy American drive to expand weapons exports In a telephone call with the emir of Kuwait in January, U.S. President Donald Trump pressed the Gulf monarch to move forward on a $10 billion []


Q: Is Trumps Brand Ayn Rand? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It's said that Donald Trump got his narcissistic, winning-at-any-cost philosophy from reading Ayn Rands books. We are told that by former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich, among others, who reckons Trumps brand is Ayn Rand. But, explains Johan Norberg,  nothing could be farther from the truth. Reich et al are Dead Wrong.


The virtue-bombing of Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There has been a lot of questioning of what looked like a largely symbolic missile strike on Syria. Donald Trump in particular, with the aid of the UK and France, made a big deal about mission accomplished, with limited damage of questionable targets and no idea what the flow on effects might be. There are []


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im a good person, I hope. But Im never as good as I want to be, never as nice as I want to be, never as generous as I want to be. David Tennant who celebrates his 47th birthday today.


Ardern utterly equivocates on Syrian missile strike "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern has been criticised for her weak language in response to the US, UK and French missile strike in Syria. Asked again about it on her visit to Germany she equivocated again. Yesterday Arderns previous comments were covered in Political Roundup: NZs fraught balancing act on Syria bombing New Zealand politicians and commentators are []


Near miss asteroid whizzed by in the weekend "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An asteroid whizzed past us in the weekend with little warning it was on its way. It was only detected 21 hours before its closest approach, giving no time to do anything but observe. It missed Earth by about half the distance to the moon, so we werent close to disaster, but thats a near []


Ardern meets Merkel "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has moved on from France to Germany to meet chancellor Angela Merkel. RNZ: Merkel, Ardern discuss threats to world order Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has concluded warm and engaging talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel as she seeks to strengthen ties with one of the most powerful and experienced leaders in []


Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 April 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 []


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.


Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 April 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 []


World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


April 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1025 Bolesaw Chrobry was crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.

1480 Lucrezia Borgia, Florentine ruler and daughter of Pope Alexander VI, was born  (d. 1519) .

1506 The cornerstone of the current St. Peters Basilica was laid.

1518  Bona Sforza was crowned as queen consort of Poland.

1738 Real Academia de la Historia (Royal Academy of History) founded in Madrid.

1775  American Revolution: The British advancement by sea began; Paul Revere and other riders warned the countryside of the troop movements.

1783 Fighting ceased in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began.

1797 The Battle of Neuwied  French victory against the Austrians.

1831 The University of Alabama was founded.

1840 Samuel Revans printed the first newspaper in New Zealand.

Samuel Revans prints first newspaper

1847 A Maori raid on the Gilfillan farm at Matarawa, near Wanganui, left four family members dead.

Gilfillan killings near Wanganui

1848 American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opened the way for invasion of Mexico.

1880 An...


Oil and Gas and Nukes and Rainbows "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ever feel like something that should have called for champagne and cigars just felt a little anticlimactic? by Martin Harris I remember the eighties like it was yesterday. Yeah, I know, Im getting old. One of the great memorable moments for many of us living in New Zealand in this decade was when the charismatic []

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365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Monday was washing day for my mother.

The job wasnt as arduous as it had been for her mother who had to boil a copper.

But the wringer washing machine Mum had made doing the laundry much more time consuming than the automatic one I have.

A lot of other housework is much easier now than it was for previous generations and Im grateful for that



Warning could bring back bad memories "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Not all childhood memories are good ones. Many will remember this, and not fondly possibly one of the most unpopular people in town: What an excruciating noise. The murder house must have been a commonly used name. One shot in the video shows a treadle drill I suffered that once when the power []


Controversial members of Intelligence and Security reference group "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Theres been a bit of consternation expressed over the members who have been named as members of the Intelligence and Security reference group panel. Im not sure there is real cause for concern. The members: Professor Rouben Azizian Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University Thomas Beagle Chairperson, NZ Council for []


Waikato Times letter of the week #85 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

From the edition of Tuesday 10 April. As always, spelling, punctuation, grammar and logic are exactly as printed in the Waikato Times.

Trumps morals
I see you are still publishing reports of President Trump and his apparent poor morality. What about our prime minister who is going to have a baby out of wedlock.  Where are her morals.? What kind of example does she set for other women. But I would just imagine that her partner thinks that why buy the cow if the milk is so free. If she had told the New Zealand voters she was pregnant when she ran for office how many would have stayed away from her? So its best if we clean up our own backyard before we criticise others. Isnt this supposed to be a Christian country or has that just gone by the wayside too? I know you wont print this as its the truth and not fake news.

Jim Crain Sr

So here are the Band in 1983 with Milk Cow Boogie, Levon Helm on vocals, Richard Manuel on drums.


Tooth decay sparks move to add fluoride to Darlingtons water "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A MOVE to introduce a mineral to the water supply in a town where more than a third of five-year-olds have one or more decayed, filled or missing teeth has been revealed.

Some 63 years after being invited to take part in a five-year trial to test the benefits of adding fluoride to the water supply, Darlingtons council looks set to be urged to do so by one of its committees.

When it rejected the scheme in 1955 members of Darlington Town Council said they feared they were making a mistake, but residents did not all want fluoride in their water.

Seven years later, the Ministry of Health published the studys results, which found there had been a substantial improvement in the teeth of young children in the areas which agreed to the study and no evidence of harm from fluoridation had been discovered.

At a meeting of the councils children and young people scrutiny committee members heard a proposal to introduce fluoride to the towns water supply was being drawn up following a study which exposed stark differences between childrens oral health between areas where the mineral is or is not in drinking water.

Members were told childrens oral health was also closely linked to deprivation, but there were huge differences between the economically similar areas of Darlington and Hartlepool, where the latter has fluoride naturally in the water.

Councillor Anne-Marie Curry said fluoridated water was the least intrusive way of helping people look after their teeth.

She told the meeting: There is still a feeling that there should be a choice. If they dont want the fluoridated water we should suggest they filter it or drink bottled water.

Last year, Dr John Furness, a consultant paediatrician based at Darlington Memorial Hospital, said despite weekly extraction clinics for youngsters in the region, councils were refusing to pay for the fluoride to water because of the cost involved.

Durham County Council has heard while 61 per cent of children were suffering decay in the Woodhouse Close area of Bishop Auckland, just six per cent were in the Chester-le-Street South division, where fluoride has been added to the water supply since the 1960s, at a cost of around 50,000 a year.

However, campaigners say there is no conclusive evidence about the benefits of adding the mineral to the water supply.

After being told about the possible move in Darlington, Professor of Health Policy at Kent University Stephen Peckham said schemes which had seen NHS staff support families were far more effective than fluoridation....


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Beaze to dry in the sun.


Horowhenua Expressway Gamble "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nats front up for Expressway meetings, but risks ahead for Horowhenua Council  By Veronica Harrod, Horowhenua Correspondent The land and property development agenda of Horowhenua District Council, and councils in-house economic development board, could implode if the Transport Agency decides not to proceed with the expressway past Levin. This demonstrates just how high the stakes are in []


(Not so serious) Syria Invasion? Jacinda, Angela Merkel & Climate Change + Family Court Protestors. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Station owner hopes for permanent lake after landslide stabilised :

A landslide between Gisborne and Wairoa which caused a large lake to form has been stabilised.

On Monday, Gisborne District Council said strategic management of the slip in Muriwai had stabilised the area, and the previously-closed Paparatu Rd had been reopened.

Last month, Hawkes Bay Civil Defence manager Ian Macdonald said the landslide, which was likely triggered by a small, localised earthquake, had become a significant hazard and people were warned to stay away from it. . . 

Enthusiasm wins award for family:

Waipahi sheep farmers Ross, Alexa and Logan Wallace are this years Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards winners.

Their win was announced at a dinner at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Friday night. Judges described the family as a supportive, close family unit with clear vision, great goal-setting and financial discipline.

They have incredible enthusiasm and a passion to learn taking on ideas, good use of external advice and analysing data for the best outcomes.

They have a strong environmental focus; land and environment plan, nutrient budgeting, wetland construction, retention of biodiversity and water quality emphasis, as well as an outstanding commitment to community and industry. . . 

Ploughing in her blood Nicole Sharp:

Ploughing is not your ordinary type of sport, but national finalist Tryphena Carter, of Riversdale, is not your ordinary type of lady.

Driving a tractor while towing a conventional plough is not a sport most would think of getting into, but Miss Carter was born to plough.

She is now in full preparation for the New Zealand Ploughing Championships, being held at Thornbury, Southland, this weekend, where she will compete in the Silver Plough class.

She started in the sport aged 15 and these championships will be her eleventh. . . 



Kiwis Against Seabed Mining promises to take case to Supreme Court if necessary "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

KASM chairwoman Cindy Baxter says the previous governments support for the iron sands project was very clear to the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo: Pullar-Strecker

Tom Pullar-Strecker | Stuff | April 16 2018

One of the lobby groups fighting a decision to approve iron sands mining off the Taranaki coast says it is prepared to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in August approved an application by miner Trans Tasman Resources (TTR) to dredge a billion tonnes of iron sands from the South Taranaki Bight, in a split decision that swung on committee chairman Alick Shaws casting vote.

A total of 11 groups with environmental, fishing and Maori interests are appealing the decision at the High Court in Wellington. They are concerned about issues such as the plume from waste material that will be returned to the seabed.

Some have also warned the project would set a precedent for seabed mi...


Bougainville president elaborates on No to mining "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Radio New Zealand | 17 April 2018

The President of the autonomous Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville has elaborated on why his government is saying no to mining at Panguna for the foreseable future.

Panguna was the site of the Bougainville Copper Ltd mine which was at the crux of the ten year long civil war.

In recent years there has been a push to have it re-opened to help drive the Bougainville economy forward.

Two companies, Bougainville Copper Ltd and RTG have been battling for the rights to mine Panguna but last week the government announced an indefinite moratorium on mining there.

Don Wiseman asked Bougainville President John Momis why they had taken such action.

JOHN MOMIS: Because landowners themselves are split. One faction supporting another company in developing the mine and another faction supports another company. So we dont want to cause a split amongst the landowners because we have a referendum coming. We want to make sure we unite our people.

DON WISEMAN: Yes, althoug...


Fonterra to pay faster "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fonterra is changing its policy of delaying payment to trade suppliers by up to 90 days.

The dairy giant will in August return to an industry norm of paying small businesses on the 20th of the month following the end of the month in which an invoice is received. . .

Fonterra attracted widespread condemnation in 2016 when it changed its standard payment terms to make suppliers wait until 61 days after the end of the month to be paid. Those terms applied to the likes of tradespeople and contractors and not to farmers who supply Fonterra with milk.

It didnt apply to farmers but it did apply to the small businesses, some of which service and supply us. Anything which increases their costs and viability poses risks to us but even if it didnt its the principle.

Good businesses treat others as they would want to be treated.

The 2016 move came when milk solid price forecasts were wallowing in the doldrums at about $3.90 and was labelled classic bully-boy tactics by former National MP Chester Borrows.

Rob Spurway, Fonterras chief operating officer of global business, said Fonterra was revising its stance after listening to what its smaller suppliers had been saying.

This is doing the right thing. It is about providing them with that transparency and certainty.. .

Delaying payment was using small businesses as a bank, adding to their costs and adversely affecting their cash flow.

Returning to paying on the 20th of the month is the right thing.

The better thing would have been to do that all along.


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Waitareres Great Forest Events "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I run for the textures under my feet. Roger Robinson Something for everyone By Roger Childs More than 3000 people took part in events from 5km to the marathon in the Waitarere Forest at the weekend. The annual event started in 1997 when just 150 or so people ran or walked in the northern part []


More rivers improving than degrading "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealand river quality is improving:

National River Water Quality Trends released by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) today, reveal that for all river water quality parameters monitored over a 10 year period, more sites were improving than deteriorating. This encouraging national picture has been welcomed by scientists and local government who pointed to freshwater ecosystem management practices as likely contributing to the progress.

Trends analysis was led by Cawthron Institute Freshwater Group Manager and Ecologist, Dr Roger Young. He described the overall picture as encouraging and said, Looking back from 2016 at a decade of data, for every monitored parameter, more sites showed evidence of improving water quality, than degrading.

My hope is this could represent a turning point in New Zealands river health story.

While this analysis gives us cause for optimism, water quality is just one indicator of river health and there is still more work to be done. While all parameters show there are more sites improving than degrading, there are still degrading sites for all parameters. In order to continue further improvements, we need to invest in freshwater ecosystem management, routine monitoring, and further research and innovation, said Dr Young.

The National River Water Quality Trends (2007 2016) released by LAWA follows a similar 10 year analysis released in 2015 by National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Compared with the 2015 report, a change in the trend of nitrogen is particularly noteworthy, with significant progress in the number of improving sites compared with the number that are deteriorating. . . 

This report shows an encouraging trend.

However, it might not persuade the government enough is being done:

The Government is planning a more centralised regulatory approach to fresh water management and Environment Minister David Parker warns farmers he is not afraid to make unpopular decisions.

Parker indicated the shift in approach in an address to a Catchments Otago symposium on water and biodiversity issues, hosted by Otago University. 

He said he will get off the back of rural New Zealand when he sees water quality is no longer deteriorating.



What is the real oil and gas agenda? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There were many mixed messages around the announcement last week that no more offshore oil and gas exploration permits would be issued (while the current Governbment remains in power at least). Gavin Shaw (editor of Energy News) writes of a possible agenda in A symbolic beheading of the oil and gas industry: Weve stopped the []


Social justice, a definition ... "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"Let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you - and why?"
~ Walter Williams


Little warns and assures Taranaki on oil and gas "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After the Government announced they would not issue any more offshore oil and gas exploration permits the reaction was swift, as was the despatch of Andrew Little to Taranaki to try to placate the oil and gas industry dependent region. Little grew up in New Plymouth, but twice failed to win an electorate seat there []


Mid Week Quiz No. 118 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   What was the post-war capital of West Germany?   Who was the Commander of the Confederate forces in the American Civil War?   What is loess?   Who won the netball final in the []


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I know of a cure for everything: salt waterin one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.  Karen Blixen who was born on this day in 1885.


On Arderns fence sitting on Syrian attacks "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern stood out from allies by not giving a strong endorsement of the US/UK/French missile attack on Syria. Neither did she take a stand against violence and war. Her careful positioning on a wobbly fence may have disappointed both sides of a bitter war argument. Chris Trotter points this out in Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern []


Trains and light rail versus roads and buses "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Government has an obvious preference for railway lines over roads, but there are concerns about the rail option in the US, where in many areas passenger numbers are static or falling. Installing railway lines is expensive, and it is relatively inflexible, both in the short term and the long term. Its far easier to []


France pledges support for NZ-EU trade agreement "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In their first meeting French president Emmanuel Macron has pledged support alongside Jacinda Ardern for a European trade agreement with New Zealand. Mrena, ko te Rtu tnei ra. Good morning, it's Tuesday. NZ has edged closer to a free trade agreement with the EU, having won the support of France. More on this & all []


Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

17 April 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 []


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.


Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

17 April 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 []


Choosing Which Desktop Environment to Use With GNU-Linux "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In 2016, I included a graph from Layer 3 Networking blog, in a rant about the tendency to put on weight over time that Ive seen in even the most lightweight GNU-Linux DE (Desktop Environment). The blog piece I took that graph from gave a detailed run-down of the lightweight DE ecosystem, as it stood in 2013, which still serves as the most thorough introduction Ive found on the subject.

Being 5 years old now, the graph cant be treated as a true indication of how much RAM more recent versions of these DEs might use. But it does offer an idea of just how different free code DEs are out there, some screenshots of what some of the lighter ones look like installed, and roughly how much RAM a wide range of them use relative to each other. It also gives the exact methods used to make the RAM use comparisons between DEs, which is important to whether their results are a fair comparison, and another reason I still consider this a useful guide despite being five years old.

Obviously, being 2013 data, some of the DEs mentioned are now superseded or defunct (eg E17, Unity), or merged (LXDE and Razor-QT are now LXQT), and other newer ones arent mentioned (Artemis, Moksha, Pantheon, Yunity, Zorin etc). Based on the numbers from the graph there, Id say in 2013 you could break DEs down into 3 categories (RAM use numbers assume a freshly booted system running no extra user apps):

  • Small (0-20MB): TinyWM, 9wm, miwm, wm2, dwm, Ratpoison, olvwm, TWM, xmonad/mobar, JWM, i3, Blackbox, Sawfish, IceWM, PekWM, Openbox, Window Maker, awesome, FVWM, Fluxbox, Mutter
  • Medium (20-100MB): E17, LXDE, KWin, Mate, Trinity, XFCE, Cinnamon
  • Bloated (>100MB): Razor-QT, GNOME 3, Unity, KDE

The DEs I describe as bloated are clearly targeted at providing every imaginable widget and performance boost, for users with fairly new hardware, or middle-aged hardware thats been upgraded or is unusually powerful. Unless you are a business with deep pockets, or someone else who upgrades your computer every couple of years so you can always run the newest software, I suggest avoiding the bloated category. That is, if you dont want to end up switching to a lighter DE in a couple of years, as the hardware requirements of the bloated DEs continue to creep up towards the latest hardware.

Cinammon, a fork of GNOME 2 developed for the Mint distro, offers everything the average user needs from a desktop experience, while using significantly less RAM than older and more common DEs like KDE Plasma or GNOME 3. Mate, Mints lightweight DE, uses even less RAM, while s...


World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


April 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1397  Geoffrey Chaucer told the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II.

1492 Spain and Christopher Columbus signed the Capitulations of Santa Fefor his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.

1521 Martin Luther spoke to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings.

1524 Giovanni da Verrazzano reached New York harbour.

1555 After 18 months of siege, Siena surrendered to the Florentine-Imperial army. The Republic of Siena was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

1620 Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame, was born (d. 1700) .

1797  Sir Ralph Abercromby attacked San Juan, Puerto Rico in what became one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America.

1820  The American sealer General Gates was sent to Sydney under guard.

<em>General Gates</em> sent to Sydney under guard

1820 Alexander Joy Cartwright, Inventor of the Modern Game of Baseball, was born (d. 1892).

1837  J. P. Morgan, American financier, was born  (d. 1913) .

1861 American Civil War: Virginia seceded from the United States.

1864 American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth began.

1865  Ursula Ledchowska, Polish-Austrian nun and saint, founde...


Nerve Agents And The Massaging Of The Belief System "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nerve Agents, Food Poisoning, and Pesticides give similar initial symptoms. Gerhard Schrader of I.G.Faben (1936) had reserached and developed; Sarin (1936) (VX) and Tabun(1938). He continued the research and developement into Organophosphates when he transferred to Bayer. Although Tabun had been used in WWI. Further development produced Soman (1944) and Cyclosarin (1949). The G-Series had []

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Russias response? Warships loaded with tanks and military supplies spotted leaving Turkey for Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Russian warships loaded with tanks have been spotted leaving Turkish waters headed for Syria. It comes as the world awaits Vladimir Putins response to airstrikes on Assads chemical weapons programme carried out by the US, UK and France. One of the tanks has a Pelena-6 communications jammer installed Putin is expected to order payback in []

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Now, I truly believe that we must come to terms with nature, and I think we are challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves.The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, []

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365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A text last week alerted me to the arrival of flu vaccines at my GP.

I made an appointment for this morning, got the jab, sat reading for the required 20 minutes afterwards just in case I had an allergic reaction then got on with my day.

Today Im grateful for medical science and research which reduce the risk of contracting potentially deadly diseases.


Colmar Brunton poll little change "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Polls have been scarce lately. 1 news have their second poll of the year. It doesnt show anything drastic a bit of movement from Labour to their Government partners. National 44% (up 1) Labour 43% (down 5) Greens 6% (up 1) NZ First 5% (up 2) Maori Party 1% So Labour have eased back []


Bats and primates, video "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This video says about itself:

Are Bats Flying Primates?

8 April 2018

Bats are absolutely incredible animals. Theyre highly unique creatures that possess the extraordinary ability of powered flight. Its long been thought that every bat species must have descended from a common ancestor but, during the 1980s, a very interesting and controversial idea about bat evolution came to prominence; the Flying Primate hypothesis.


Its only one poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labours honeymoon is over for now.

National is back in front of Labour but the three parties in the coalition are still comfortably ahead of National and Act.


More voting advice "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"If you vote for politicians who promise to give you someone else's money, don't complain when they give your money to someone else. Or themselves."
~ Daniel Hannan


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ayurnamat   the philosophy that there is no point in worrying about events that cannot be changed.


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farmers have lost faith in MPI Annette Scott:

Farmers must not let dairy cattle be taken for slaughter till they are sure they will get compensation, Federated Farmers dairy chairman Chris Lewis says.

He wants the Mycoplasma bovis decision-makers to front up as the second round of culling infected herds gets going.

All confidence in compensation promises had been lost, he said.

The Ministry for Primary Industries late last month said a further 22,300 cattle from all infected properties will be killed by the end of May. . . 

Science and technology at every farmers fingers tips Pat Deavoll:

In the three and a half years I have spent as a farming reporter, nothing has struck me more than how hi-tech the industry has become.

Gone are the days when a farmer could step into his fathers shoes and expect to follow the same time-tested methods and be successful.

In this age of uber-production, every sector is based on an application of science, research and technology that is changing at a mind-boggling rate. And farmers are required to change with it. In fact, I read somewhere that by 2025 farmers will need a tertiary qualification to keep up. . .

Lactoferrin a magic ingredient Hugh Stringleman:

Lactoferrin became the flavour of the month when Fonterras giant New Zealand Milk Products division held an...


Te Khui o Rauru to appeal seabed mining in NZ High Court "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Iwi representative group , Te Khui o Rauru, will appear in the Wellington High Court to appeal the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision last year allowing Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to mine the Taranaki seabed.

Tema Hemi | Maori Television | 15 April 2018

West Coast Taranaki has been the interest of mining companies for decades. But local iwi Ngaa Rauru is making a final stand to stop mining along their coastline. 

Iwi representative group , Te Khui o Rauru, will appear in the Wellington High Court to appeal the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision last year allowing Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to mine the Taranaki seabed. 

The mining operation involves the excavation of 50 million tonnes of seabed per year for 35 years over an area of 65 square kilometres, down to 11 metres deep. 

CEO of Te Khui o Rauru, Anne-Marie Broughton, says, We want a moratorium on seabed mining because the...

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Whats green & whats greenwash? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How do we know whats green and whats greenwash?

The green mantra is reduce, reuse and recycle.

It ought to be safe to claim reducing our use of limited resources and our impact on the environment is green.

Reusing and recycling arent so clear-cut.

Reusing some things can be better for the environment than chucking them in the rubbish providing whatever needs to be done to make them reusable has a lower environmental footprint than dumping.

But that isnt always the case.

Take reusable shopping bags and the so-called single use plastic ones for example.

 Its counterintuitive, but  are far more energy efficient than any of the other options. Papers out it causes seven times more global warming than a plastic bag reused as a bin liner. A cotton bag would have to be used 327 times to break even with plastic, and trendy organic cloth bags are hopelessly inefficient.


You also have to take into account what people use in place of the single-use plastic bags.

. . .The supermarket chains cant believe their luck. The overseas experience suggests theyre about to receive a massive boost in the sale of bin liners, which they essentially gave away for free all these years, and come out of the whole thing looking like heroes, despite potentially making global warming worse. . . 

However, its not that simple. An environmental footprint takes into account more than the energy and emissions used to produce and dispose of it.

What happens to the bags when theyre no long wanted also has an impact as the number of plastic bags littering land and sea show.

If you dispose of plastic bags properly youre probably treading more gent...


Prue Hymans column "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  How useful is the Treasurys Living Standards Framework? By Prue Hyman Its exciting that a department as dry as Treasury is increasingly keen for policies to be based on how they affect peoples standards of living, or wellbeing, rather than just gross national product and its rate of growth. Treasurys Living Standards Framework (LSF) has []


Labour slow to restore Canterbury democracy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After slamming the last Governments sacking of the Canterbury regional council ECan, and of promising to quickly restore democracy, Labour is now in no hurry to act. Christchurch Labour MP Megan Woods in 2016: ECan legislation an affront to democracy The Governments ECan Legislation is an affront to Cantabrians and continues to deny them a []


MSD throws in the towel "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An announcement appeared at the MSD website that a Declaration of Seasonal Tasman Labour Shortage was being made on April 5.

A declaration of a labour shortage from the very agency charged with getting the unemployed into jobs? That must mean the local unemployment rate is close to zero.

Actually it's 3.5%

But there are no beneficiaries left in the region?

Actually there were 924 "work-ready jobseekers" in February. Not to mention a few hundred more in nearby Blenheim, Westport and Greymouth.

The natural question question to ask is, why, then, is there a shortage? But the answer to that lies in the incapacity of beneficiaries to provide the required quality and consistency of work required.

The real question is why the announcement?

The answer appears at the very end of the statement, by which time most will have ceased reading.

"By declaring a labour shortage in Tasman, people from overseas with visitor visas can apply for a Variation of Conditions, which allows them to work through the declaration period."
MSD giving up and admitting that local growers want overseas pickers in preference to beneficiaries.


Legal ring fencing of the word teacher proposed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It may become illegal to use the word teacher unless you have a specific university degree namely  a three-year Bachelor of Education, a Bachelors degree with a one-year Diploma of Teaching, or a conjoint degree that combines study in teaching subjects with teacher training. This sort of silliness could be a coalition killer. Newshub: []


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.  Charlie Chaplin who was born on this day in 1889.


One Mission Accomplished, mired in many "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

President Donald Trump as been typically bold or brash after the missile strike on chemical-related facilities in the US. Claiming Mission Accomplished after a single operation in the Middle East is a big call to make, especially after the ridicule George Bush had heaped on him after appearing in front of a banner in 2003 []


Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

16 April 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 []


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.


Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

16 April 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 []


World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


April 16 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1178 BC; The calculated date of the Greek king Odysseuss return home from the Trojan War.

73 Masada, a Jewish fortress, fell to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt.

1346 The Serbian Empire was proclaimed in Skopje by Dusan Silni,occupying much of the Balkans.

1521 Martin Luthers first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire.

1582 Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founded the settlement of Salta, Argentina.

1682 John Hadley, British inventor, was born (d. 1744).

1728 Joseph Black, Scottish chemist, was born (d. 1799).

1746 The Battle of Culloden was fought between the French-supported Jacobites and the Hanoverian British Government.

1780 The University of Mnster was founded.

1799 Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor  Napoleon drove Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre.

1853 The first passenger rail opened in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.

1862 American Civil War: The Battle at Lees Mills in Virginia.

1862 American Civil War: A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia became law.

1863 American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg  ships led by UnionAdmiral David Dixon Porter moved through heavy Confederate artillery fire on approach to Vicksburg, Mississippi.



365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Weve been eating our way through a long weekend.

It started on Thursday with lunch at Minaret Station for a friends birthday (will post about that in the next few days).

On Friday we dined at Jacks Point with international chefs and media who are in New Zealand as part of Alliance Groups Antipocurean tour (more of that in a future post too).

Yesterday we celebrated a friends 77th birthday at the Hawea pub and today we caught up with friends for lunch at Riverstone Kitchen.

Fine food, good friends and other friendly people Im grateful for them all.



Dan Bidois for Northcote "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The National Party has selected Dan Bidois as its candidate to contest the Northcote by-election.

Mr Bidois is currently Strategy Manager for Foodstuffs. He was raised and educated in Auckland, leaving school at 15 to complete a butchery apprenticeship with Woolworths New Zealand.

Aspirational for his future, he went on to study at the University of Auckland, and attended Harvard University on a Fulbright Scholarship. He has worked as a strategist and economist in New Zealand, the United States, and Malaysia. . . 

Qualifications and experience in both a trade and profession are a good combination for a potential MP.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

antinomian  denoting or relating to antinomians or their beliefs.; person who believes that Christians are released by grace from the obligation of observing the moral law; one who rejects a socially established morality; rejecting the authority of moral or religious law.


Tour of the Moon "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

NASA has released a video tour of the Moon. Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASAs Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar []


Invitation of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Invitation of the Day April Postcard Pack

There are times when I have no idea what comes next & its the thing Ive come to love most about being alive: leaning in to hear the invitation of each day & feeling my whole body melt when I say yes, yes, yes  Invitation of the Day  2018 Brian Andreas posted with permission.

You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Water schemes left high and dry Annette Scott:

The canning of Crown funding for water schemes is a kick in the guts for rural communities, especially when six regions have been declared in drought this year, National Party agriculture spokesman Nathan Guy says.

This Government has now raided $100 million and effectively pulled the plug on any lifeline for rural communities, Guy said.

These projects, such as Hunter Downs and Hurunui, are about rural communities providing for much wider regional development and what needs to be remembered is that this Crown funding is not a grant. Its a loan and its all paid back. . . 

Jeff Grant becomes Kiwi meats Brexit rep:

OSPRI and AgResearch chairman Jeff Grant has been appointed at the meat industrys Brexit representative to be based in London.

On behalf of Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Meat Industry Association the former National MP will provide the red meat sectors response to Brexit.

Grant will work closely with B+LNZs Europe representative, the Government and commercial interests to help strengthen the red meat sectors ties with the United Kingdom and safeguard NZs exports to the key market. . . 

Ploughing with horses luck of the draw Nicole Sharp:

Straight and steady is the aim of the game, but it is no easy task with Anna and Nugget, who have minds of their own.

The two Clydesdales are part of Sean Leslie and Casey Raes horse ploughing team, from Middlemarch, which will be competing at the New Zealand Ploughing Championships in Thornbury this weekend.

They are one of six horse teams competing in the event and they will attempt to plough the straightest, neatest and tidiest plot, but a lot of it was luck of the draw, Mr Leslie said.

It does depend on soil conditions and being able to tackle it and master it. . . 

Auckland Council rates policy fails to value private land conservation:



US-led strikes in Syria without UNSC mandate a violation of international law Putin "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The US and its allies struck civil and military facilities in Syria, violating the UN Charter and international law, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, responding to the American-French-British intervention in Syria. Andrew Cheetham Washington launched an aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism, the statement from []

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Saturday, 14 April


Chemical weapons bad, barrel bombs, mass executions, starvation ok? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As horrible as chemical weapons are, it does seem a bit selective to condemn them while turning a blind eye to, or aiding and abetting,  atrocities by other means in Syria. The US, UK and French missile strikes on Syria are largely symbolic, and mask a much wider problem. Jonathan Schanzer (Fox News): Why targeting []


Not quite a nuclear free moment on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern ramped up climate change and fossil fuel debates this week when announcing a freeze on any more off-shore oil and gas exploration licenses. While she may have put the cart before the horseless carriage this is really just the beginning of a conversation aka consultation on New Zealands future energy use. []


Big overseas trip for Ardern and for the Government "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has set off on an international trip for a couple of weeks. It began with a visit to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast yesterday. She then goes to Europe to meet with the leaders of Germany and France, and then on to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) []


Last day of Commonwealth Games "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ive been enjoying coverage of the Commonwealth Games its a rare opportunity to watch sport at a high level in many things. I particularly like cycling and athletics, as well as a number of other sports theres been some very good squash and beach volleyball (mens, I find the attire of some of []


Perfectly executed, restrained Syria missile strike applauded and slammed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After days of rhetoric and threats the US, UK and France launched a strike against Syrian government targets yesterday. The talking game has resumed. BBC Syria air strikes: Trump hails perfect mission The US, UK and France attacked three government sites, targeting what they said were chemical weapons facilities. More than 100 missiles struck []


Mid Week Quiz No. 117 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge can be done by scrolling down to April 11.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.     What was the exact of date of the Wahine disaster? (April 10 1968)   George Grey was both a governor and a premier of New []


Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sundays 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.

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Science describes accurately from outside. poetry describes accurately from inside. Science explicates, poetry implicates, both celebrate what they describe. Ursula K. Le Guin


Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 April 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 []


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.


Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 April 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 []


World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


April 15 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

769 The Lateran Council condemned the Council of Hieria and anathematized its iconoclastic rulings.

1071 Bari, the last Byzantine possession in southern Italy, was surrendered to Robert Guiscard.

1450  Battle of Formigny: Toward the end of the Hundred Years War, the French attacked and nearly annihilated English forces, ending English domination in Northern France.

1452 Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance polymath, was born (d. 1519).

1469 Guru Nanak Dev, the first of the ten Sikh Gurus, was born (d. 1539).

1632 Battle of Rain; Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeated the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years War.

1641 Robert Sibbald, Scottish physician, was born  (d. 1722).

1642 Suleiman II, Ottoman Sultan, was born  (d. 1691).

1684 Catherine I of Russia, was born (d. 1727).

1710 William Cullen, Scottish physician, was born  (d. 1790).

1715 Pocotaligo Massacre triggered the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.

1738 Premiere in London of Serse (Xerxes) an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel.

1755 Samuel JohnsonA Dictionary of the English Language published in London.

1783 Preliminary articles of peace ending Revoluti...


365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It was -2 when we got home late last night and we woke to frost this morning.

Its a bit early to feel this wintery but as often happens after a frost, we got a cloudless sky and a very sunny day for which Im grateful.


Racism in the universities "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

(We recently published Bob Brockies article about Maori groups putting pressure on the Royal Society and Otago University to have the Treaty and Maori viewpoints central in all scientific investigation.(Scroll down to April 10.) Bud Jones points out below that Victoria University of Wellington has caught some of the contagion.)  Serious questions on spiritualism, religiosity []


A Repeat Circus, by G Squared "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In Sept. 2018, a repeat circus is to occur. Congress is again required to pass The Government Appropriation Bills. Expect grand theatrics from The Democrats and the insincere RINOs in the leadup to The 6/11/2018, Mid Term Elections. Expect Chuck Schumer and Nanvy Pelosi to lead a charge into yet one more dark alley of []

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