Southern Ocean

[RAW VIDEO] HMNZS Wellington in the Southern Ocean chasing illegal fishers

The Navy has released some raw footage this afternoon of the HMNZS Wellington chasing down illegal fishers in the Southern Ocean.

Their press release states:

The Royal New Zealand Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS WELLINGTON has concluded its maritime surveillance patrol in the Southern Ocean and will resupply in Dunedin today on her way to the Devonport Naval Base.

The ship will berth at 9am and sail at 4pm. She will arrive in Auckland on Friday, having been away for eight weeks. ? Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherch? Archipelago, a group of about 105 islands and over 1,200 ?obstacles to shipping?. The tiny lake only spans about 600 meters wide but its rose pink colour is unmistakable. However, the reason why it?s pink remains a mystery.

Photo by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News
Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherch? Archipelago, a group of about 105 islands and over 1,200 ?obstacles to shipping?. The tiny lake only spans about 600 meters wide but its rose pink colour is unmistakable. However, the reason why it?s pink remains a mystery.

Lake Hillier: Australian Natural Wonder

A Lake whose Pink Hue Defies Scientific Explanation Read more »

Apparently it is because of Climate Change that the search for MH370 took so long

No I’m not kidding, the same folks who contributed to the Ship of Fools debacle are now spinning that the slow recovery operations in the southern Indian Ocean is because of climate change and searches in coming years for planes that set down in the ocean down there (so far only the one) will be harder to find because of climate change.

James Delingpole explains at Breitbart London.

The answer to that one is a big “no” by the way, but that certainly hasn’t stopped the usual green suspects trying to shoehorn the Malaysian tragedy into their grand universal theory of everything.

Here’s how an enterprising environmental reporter has managed it?at?Mother Jones:

Scientists say man-made climate change has fundamentally altered the currents of the vast, deep oceans where investigators are currently scouring for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, setting a complex stage for the ongoing search for MH370. If the Boeing 777 did plunge into the ocean somewhere in the vicinity of where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean, the location where its debris finally ends up, if found at all, may be vastly different from where investigators could have anticipated 30 years ago.

Possibly there’s a bait and switch operation going on here. None of the three scientists quoted in the article makes mention of plane debris: they just talk about the changing nature of recent patterns in the Southern Oceans which, almost inevitably, they ascribe to man-made climate change and which they insist is a cause for great concern.? Read more »

Eco-terrorist Pirates in our waters is more offensive

Sea Shepherd pirate vessel Steve Irwin flying the Jolly Roger

Sea Shepherd pirate vessel Steve Irwin flying the Jolly Roger

The Sea Shepherd pirates are in Dunedin refuelling and taking the opportunity to attack the Japanaese and insist our government does the same thing.

The NZ Herald reports:

The Government should strongly censure Japan after one of its whaling vessels entered New Zealand’s waters, the Green Party says.

The Shonan Maru No. 2, which provides security for the Japanese whaling fleet, entered New Zealand’s 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) on Friday.

Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd said the Japanese ship had been tailing its protest vessel, the Steve Irwin, after a recent clash in which two ships collided. The Sea Shepherd vessel docked in Dunedin to refuel early this morning.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully said it was disappointing the Japanese vessel had entered New Zealand’s EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone).? Read more »

The Most Stupid Global Warming Scientist so far

Plunging a low point of illogical desperation, a Dutch scientific study finds that the Antarctic sea ice area is actually expanding, and, spare me, tries to blame it on global warming:

Global warming has led to more ice in the sea around Antarctica and could help insulate the southern hemisphere from atmospheric warming.

A Dutch study says that unlike in the Arctic region, sea ice around Antarctica has expanded at a significant rate since 1985.”

We have had to endure dingbats claiming that the Ice-Age conditions in Europe this winter are caused by anthropogenic “Climate Change”.

There has been no increase in global temperatures in 16 years, a fact that is throwing the Warmist cause into increasing irrational panic.

But after suffering a decade of Chicken Little stories about the polar ice caps melting and drowning the world, it is beyond ripe for Warmists to blame an increase?in polar ice area on Global Warming.? Read more »

Tax denying windbag wishes harm on unstable sailor

Gareth Morgan, the nation’s pre-eminent orca feeder and tax denying windbag, now wishes harm on a Norwegian sailor who we’ve already identified as mentally unstable.

Multi-millionaire Gareth Morgan has caused outrage in Norway by saying he hopes a self-proclaimed Viking explorer sinks in Antarctica and that he will not go to help him if he does.

Morgan has chartered a former Russian ice breaker, Spirit of Enderby, to explore the Ross Sea and is heading to the same area Norwegian Jarle Andhoey, 34, is illegally sailing a 16-metre steel yacht, Nilaya, after he was forced out of Auckland three weeks ago for not having a visa.

Andhoey is trying to reach McMurdo Sound, where last year his yacht Berserk disappeared with the loss of three men. They were lost in a storm while Andhoey and teenager Samuel Massie were on quad bikes trying to drive to the South Pole.

Morgan has told Norwegian media he would not try help Andhoey if he got in trouble.

Asked what response they would have if they saw Nilaya, Morgan replied: “Let it sink. It’s about collective responsibility. This cowboy has opted out.”

He described Andhoey as “a bottom feeder, a taker of the worst kind”.

Let’s be very clear here…letting a boat sink and refusing to go for help in?the?Southern Ocean means that he is actually wishing they would all die. Because that is the likely consequence of not rescuing people abandoning a sinking ship.

I can understand why Morgan is opposed to people seeking publicity when he’s trying to do the same (it takes the gloss of his latest attempt to ride his bike in some exotic location, or release fattened penguins into orca-lousy waters), but really, wishing that this Nowegian geezer sinks and dies?

Climate Change: Then and Now

There are plenty of terrible stories about how global warming is killing all and then there are the various canaries in the mine stories…except they are wrong:

James Woodford in The Sydney Morning Herald, January 13, 1996:

A TRAGEDY is beginning to unfold for the creatures of the zoologically rich Macquarie Island, with climate change in the Southern Ocean occurring at the fastest rate on earth. Scientists now fear that a 94 per cent crash in the population of rock hopper penguins on New Zealand?s Campbell Island is about to occur at Macquarie.?Macquarie?s population of rock hoppers, which has fallen from 6000 pairs in the 1970s to 3000 pairs now, is estimated to have declined by a further 5 per cent this season. The increase in ocean temperatures may have forced the krill into colder waters and, because the birds are so small, they are unable to reach it, said Ms Cindy Hull, a zoologist at the University of Tasmania. She is now concerned that the collapse in rock hopper numbers may be a warning that numbers of the island?s three other penguin species may soon also be affected by climate change.

Tasmania Parks & Wildlife website yesterday:

Macquarie Island is recognised for its rich and diverse animal life. Around 3.5 million seabirds arrive on Macquarie Island each year to breed and moult. Most of these are penguins. No accurate counts of rockhopper penguins are known; estimates range from 10,000 to 500,000 breeding pairs.

and from a pdf paper about the pest eradication project:

King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonica) and?Rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome) are the next most common penguin species with 200 000 – 400 000 breeding pairs and >32 000 pairs respectively

Cyber-security – Left vs. Correct Thinking

Cyber-SecurityI rate Clare Curran as one of Labour’s most dangerous. Not because she is smart, because she isn’t, but because she can write.

A couple of days ago I read her post at Red Alert on cyber-security. As is usual with Clare she was attempting to “own the language” and “fly flags”. As is usual for her she is busy nicking other peoples ideas and trying to claim them for Labour and for herself.

Nevertheless her post does have some good talking points.

On Wednesday night TVNZ7 ran a live debate on privacy and security issues on the internet. It covered a lot of ground and if you?re interested in the whole debate watch the clip here.

I was in the audience and got to ask the panel a question about NZ?s cyber security ? threats such as computer viruses, worms, Trojans and malware (malicious software). Unfortunately there wasn?t much time for discussion, but it?s already generating some debate within the internet community and no doubt the public sector.

Globally, many governments take active cyber-defence roles through CERTs (Computer Emergency Response Teams), but New Zealand remains one of the few countries that lacks a national CERT.

Nice, Clare, presumably you were also at The ORB launch just the week before if you were truly interested in cyber-security. I mention The ORB, because contrary to Clare’s assertions it seems the government, albeit through its minor party partner is addressing this issue. Clare Curran is merely scurrying along as a fast follower and trying to make Labour appear “with-it”

It’s good though that someone is Labour is ow doing some thinking, but one wonders what they hell they did for the last 10 years, when they were in a position to influence this. Asking a question of Steven Joyce is definitely once over lightly stuff.

Meanwhile it shows that Heather Roy has put quite a substantial amount of thinking into addressing the issue of cyber-security and the protection of New Zealand’s electronic assets from attack from abroad.

In the year 2035, most readers will be well beyond ‘taking to the hills with a .22 rifle’ to defend New Zealand against invaders. Our children and grandchildren, however, will not.

What will warfare look like then? Is it believable that the keyboard will replace the AK47 as the most prolific weapon in the world? Will asymmetric warfare – involving proxies, non-state actors and new technologies – become the new norm, as the world’s major research institutes predict?

This series of Heather Roy’ Diary, titled ‘Keeping Future Kiwis Safe’, is not intended to pre-suppose anything that may be in the Government’s Defence White Paper. It is my update, based on world trends, of how ACT’s policy sits against the facts as they stand.

Some of you will have read ACT’s 2008 election manifesto on international relations and national security ( Rather than turn this Diary into a tome, I’m going to keep it brief here but, if you’re stimulated or baffled by the context of anything written here, I commend you to read our policy document. You’ll see that it’s all consistent.

She rightly describes the threats as warfare. You would be much mistaken in thinking that China and many muslim nations do not already have a cyber-warfare capability. As the Wikileaks controversy has shown, even the West’s own cyber-networks need? serious work. With increasing connectivity with hardware (guns, bombs, missiles, vehicles, UAV’s) with people there is increased risk of disablement of war-fighting capability. Take out the network, take out the enemy.

Ungoverned spaces are a major issue for security planners around the world. These include a lack of effective Government. Examples of this include Somali piracy; pressure on existing treaties and agreements – such as water rights sharing and non-exploitation of mineral resources in Antarctica – and the absence of any generally agreed historical governance such as space and cyberspace.

Cyberspace refers to the entire electro-magnetic spectrum. Cyber-battle and cyber-warfare are subset terms that deal with the security aspects of this space. It is one of several physical and transient ‘ungoverned spaces’ where there is no discernable or effective governance. These are ‘spaces’ where terrorists, criminals and the disaffected gather and can operate with impunity. In cyber-war targets can range from internet, phone and media to power grids and more. It is an area where we are vulnerable. It is also an area where New Zealand can be a world leader.

Current approaches to international security can be likened to a ‘broken windows’ policy. This works fine for policing but, when someone takes down our national power grid or stock exchange from a cyber cafe overseas, who ‘kicks in the door’ and who arrests them – even if you know who ‘them’ is?

In tactical terms, cyberspace is a manoeuvre corridor. Strategically, for a nation with such dated infrastructure as ours, it represents an ‘Achilles Heel’ that could set back our recovery from the global economic recession for a very long time.

“Private” Roy has been learning quickly. She however, briefly, touches on an important area of growth that is begging for exploitation by smart Kiwis. Not just in cyber-warfare but in innovative deployment of technology to solve common military problems for countries that sit far below the technological war-fighting ability of the US, Britain or China.

In a number of areas we could build a military Industrial complex in order to export expertise and products, designed and developed here. military equipment and solutions are one of the few remaining areas where governments are prepared to pay a premium and by catering to that we could easily generate a huge amount of GDP.

One area I can see for immediate application is Search and Surveillance capability using UAVs. Right now we use antiquated, albeit, upgraded capabilities of Orion P3 aircraft. But they still require bums on seats in aircraft and eyes on binoculars. It costs a vast amount of cold hard cash to have this capability ready and waiting but even more to deploy it.

Predator and hellfire missileBy utilising a UAV platform, we could actually have more coverage, with better equipment and our people actually never leave the shore. We could monitor fishing fleets, Southern Ocean whaling and other maritime patrol tasks, all from a central location where the “pilots” and crew never leave the ground. Even better we cold have them armed if necessary to provide far more effective hitting power than our current air “force” resources contain. The technology exists, it just hasn’t yet been developed around those strategies. This is but one example where New Zealand can really contribute and really cash in.

The important thing here, though, is not to fall into the trap of playing with the big boys. Big Boys toys have a habit of having big boys price tags, just look at the debacle that we still suffer over the NZLAV. Of course we would need to co-operate with other nations, and one such nation with technical skills we could really use is Israel. Unfortunately Helen Clark in a fit of pique and antisemitism passed a law preventing such information transfer or even physical supply of equipment. Right now our troops are going into harm’s way without the protective equipment they would really like because of this silly law. I think it is high time we were a bit more grown up, remove that law and start to build New Zealand’s capability in the military industrial complex, through the sharing of ideas and technology with friendly nations out there.

It will sure as hell build more GDP than a cycleway ever will. One of the first steps I would suggest would be the creation of a New Zealand Cyber-Defence Bureau, similar to the Australian capability, but also drawing on the capabilities that Israel has.

61 ex-Gitmo terrorists back killing and maiming

Jihad Watch: Pentagon: 61 ex-Gitmo inmates have returned to jihad
Keith Locke should take careful note of this report from Reuters.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) ? The Pentagon said on Tuesday that 61 former detainees from its military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appear to have returned to terrorism since their release from custody.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said 18 former detainees are confirmed as “returning to the fight” and 43 are suspected of having done in a report issued late in December by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Morrell declined to provide details such as the identity of the former detainees, why and where they were released or what actions they have taken since leaving U.S. custody.

“This is acts of terrorism. It could be Iraq, Afghanistan, it could be acts of terrorism around the world,” he told reporters.

Morrell said the latest figures, current through December 24, showed an 11 percent recidivism rate, up from 7 percent in a March 2008 report that counted 37 former detainees as suspected or confirmed active militants….

The Pentagon said it considers a former detainee’s return to terrorism “confirmed” when evidence shows direct involvement in terrorist activities. U.S. officials see a “suspected” terrorism links when intelligence shows a plausible link with terrorist activities.

“Propaganda does not qualify as a terrorist activity,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

It is simply madness that Keith Locke thinks we can even contemplate taking in this bunch of terrorist scum.