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finally has figured out there arent enough quiet little British films around to protect her from the real world Quiet Little Films 2018 Brian Andreas posted with permission.
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A correspondent Emailed me today and asked for an opinion on these space mirrors that are rather romantically being referred to by the MSM as moons. He wanted to know if I thought that the whole idea was a clandestine cooperation with the US. Heres my response: As with most military and technological things that 
Purpose, strategy before structure Pam Tipa:
Zespri chairman Peter McBride says he has highly transferable and unique skills and experience to bring to the Fonterra board table.
He is stepping down from his governance career with Zespri in the new year. Also chief executive of dairying and kiwifruit operation Trinity Lands, McBride says there are concerns about some Fonterra decisions and direction.
We can either throw rocks at Fonterra or we can try to make a positive contribution. . .
Farm rescuer protects nature Hugh Stringleman:
Kaipara Mayor Dr Jason Smith wants to bring kiwi back to 47ha of regenerating native bush on Greenhill (Rehia) overlooking Ruawai in Northland. He owns the 430ha farm Greenhill in which the reserve is the centre and embodies a blend of history, family, farming and community service that impressed Hugh Stringleman.
Fifth-generation Kaipara sheep, beef and cropping farmer Jason Smith has brought his familys farms back into profitable, sustainable production in just six years.
From a worse-than-standing-start he had to contend with some boundary fences that werent stock-proof, large paddocks up to 30ha, a huge area of old-man gorse, no recent fertiliser history, completely inadequate livestock handling facilities and a theoretical carrying capacity of 2500 stock units. . .
Urban consumers do they want anything to eat or not? Gray Baldwin:
Youve got to feel sorry for the townies locked up in postage stamp sized sections in suburbia. The neighbours to the south have loud parties, the northern neighbours have a Pit-Bull cross with a bad habit of biting you in the backside whenever you walk past the gate. The kids over the back fence keep kicking their rugby ball into your windows. In such environments, you yearn for the wide open spaces, for some room to flap your wings, for some farm life like you remember on Grandads farm.
But Grandad sold the farm back during the tough years in the eighties. No-one in the family wanted to carry on the daily chores of milking the cows, dagging the ewes and digging four foot deep post h...
There have been some calls for some sort of a truce between National and Jami-Lee Ross. After what has happened this week what sort of a truce would be possible? Could Ross be trusted anyway? And some scepticism is warranted given who is calling for a truce. Ross has little if anything to negotiate with, 
It is not new asking whether MP terms should be limited. What is new is some confusing stuff on it from Stuff. They have two different links to the same story, with different headlines and different text.Once at the link both these stories have the same headline, but the URLs show the link headlines. And 
It appears that most people assume that Jami-Lee Ross is lying when he denies the leak of Simon Bridges expenses that set off the spiralling saga that resulted in chaos this week. What if Ross is right about this (he has misled and lied about other things)? It would be hard to imagine that there 
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.
When youre alone you dont do much laughing P.G. Wodehouse
Even the official Catholic line is for a significant change in approach to world-wide scandals of abuse that have been swept under the church gowns for decades. Card Cupich: Im hopeful for the February meeting about #abuse called by the #Pope with Presidents of Bishops Conferences. Im hoping for meaningful results. We must involve lay 
Things just got even tougher for the Liberals in Australia after they lost a by-election in the Wentworth electorate after ex-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull exited Parliament. The Liberals had been clinging to a one seat majority, but Australia now has a hung Parliament. news.com.au Independent Kerryn Phelps claims victory over Liberal candidate Dave Sharma 
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With the exception of the SECs FinHub announcement, it has been
a quiet week for regulatory news something weve been getting a lot
of recently as U.S. officials
clamp down on
unscrupulous coin offerings and crypto companies.
Instead, stablecoins crowded headlines this week, as tether among others had difficulties retaining its peg, and top exchanges rolled out support for some of the asset class regulatory-compliant newcomers.
All the while, developers remind us that, even in bear markets, the tools of innovation continue to work against the buzz of speculation.
Tether took a dip this week. The markets leading stablecoin dropped to as low as $0.92 cents for its exchange-averaged price as a market-wide selloff left the coin wanting in demand. By consequence, bitcoin on tether-supported exchanges began trading at somewhat of a premium, an inflated price that reflected bitcoins worth against tethers discounted price rather than its worth against the actual dollar. At the time of writing, tether has shaved off roughly $800 million from its market cap over the week thats nearly a third of its entire value.
As tether was unravelling, two of the industrys highest volume exchanges listed four of the top stablecoins staunches competitors. Huobi and OKEx both announced support for TrueUSD, Gemini USD, USD Coin and the Paxos Standard earlier this week, moves that may have aggravated the sell off that crippled tethers peg. The four stablecoins, which are fiat-collateralized like tether, are considered transparent, regulator-friendly alternatives to what was the markets only viable stablecoin until this year.
1096 Peoples Crusade: The Turkish army annihilated the Peoples Army of the West.
1520 Ferdinand Magellan discovered the strait which was named after him.
1600 Tokugawa Ieyasu defeated the leaders of rival Japanese clans in theBattle of Sekigahara, which marked the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate that ruled Japan until the mid-nineteenth century.
1772 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, British poet, was born (d. 1834).
1797 In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigateUSSConstitution was launched.
1805 Battle of Trafalgar: A British fleet led by Vice Admiral Lord Nelson defeatd a combined French and Spanish fleet off the coast of Spain under Admiral Villeneuve.
1805 Austrian General Mack surrendered his army to the Grand Army of Napoleon at the Battle of Ulm.
1816 The Penang Free School was founded in George Town, Penang, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia.
1824 Joseph Aspdin patented Portland cement.
1833 Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor and founder of the Nobel Prize, was born(d. 1896).
1854 Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War.
1861 American Civil War: Battle of Balls Bluff Union forces under Colonel Edward Baker were defeated by Confederate troops.
1867 Manifest Destiny: Medicine Lodge Treaty Near Medicine Lodge, Kansas a landmark treaty was signed by southern Great Plains Indian leaders. The treaty required Native American Plains tribes to relocate a reservation in western Oklahoma.
1879 Using a filame...
An internal company briefing produced by Google and leaked exclusively to Breitbart News argues that due to a variety of factors, including the election of President Trump, the American tradition of free speech on the internet is no longer viable. Allum Bokhari (Breitbart) Thu, Oct 18, 2018 Despite leaked video footage showing top executives 
The post Leaked Google Secret Memo Admits Abandonment of Free Speech for Safety And Civility appeared first on Uncensored Publications.
While the fact remains that the United States has long had and maintained such alliesstaunchly defending them from international rebuke and shielding them from prosecutionSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says the alleged murder and brutal dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by his own Saudi government and ongoing war crimes in Yemen should be the final straws 
The post Bernie Sanders Has Heard Enough: We Cannot Have an Ally Who Murders a Dissident in Cold Blood appeared first on Uncensored Publications.
If I had to choose just one of the appliances that makes my life so much easier than it was for people usually women of previous generations it would be the washing machine.
Doing the laundry is no longer the long and arduous task it used to be when it had to be done by hand or in earlier machines like the one my mother had when I was a child, with a wringer.
Modern machines are automatic, do the washing in a fraction of the time and leave the clothes dry enough not to drip.
When working properly they also do their work without wetting anything else but Mine developed a leak that left a puddle after every wash.
Neither my farmer nor I could work out the source of the leak.
We called a plumber who called in, checked the machine, said it wasnt plumbing and recommended an appliance specialist.
We called him, he called in, checked the machine and said there was nothing wrong with it.
Next time I did the washing another large puddle appeared under the machine.
I mopped it up and re-summoned the specialist who came again and again said there was nothing wrong.
Next time I did the washing an even larger puddle appeared.
I mopped it up. It was too late to call anyone but later still I was getting something from the cupboard under the sink beside the washing machine when I noticed water in a vase and bucket.
That indicated the water was coming from a higher place. I looked up and noticed water dripping on the hose that connected the tap to the washing machine.
I called the plumber again. He called again, replaced the hose and solved the problem.
Today Im grateful my washing machine is working as it should and not washing the clothes without washing the floor.
Sometimes, you dont know your true calling until it finds you. This was certainly the case for Eric White, 33, the owner of Zydeco Construction. The once formerly-homeless man now owns a Louisiana-based company that builds beaches in peoples backyards, and hes making millions doing it.
When White was 15-years-old, he was homeless for about eight months. Growing up, things werent easy for me, he told USA Today. White dropped out of school in the ninth grade and only had a second-grade reading skill. I could hardly even spell my name, he said.
Despite his lacking education, he always felt as if he understood construction. I knew if I worked at it, said White, I could really do something with it. He got his start working for a local construction company just to pay the bills. But later, he learned of a job opening with a Baton Rouge-based company that paid $12 hour. The guy that I worked for there took me under his wing and taught me about the company. Within the first six months, I was managing the team, said White.
The ambitious individual continued to work his way up with various construction companies. Eventually, he started his own company, a pool business called Cool Pools. That business did very well, and last year, I sold it for over a million (dollars), he said.
Zydeco Construction was the next venture. The company builds beach-like swimming ponds that are crystal blue and have 360 degrees of sand surrounding them. Each pond is completely customizable and is outfitted with accessories, including outdoor kitchens, gazebos, umbrellas, and volleyball nets.
The 33-year-old says the sky is the limit when it comes to creating your dream beach.
White has tackled his vision from every angle. He said, Its something that for years I would think to myself, What if someone could figure out a way to turn a pond into a paradise? I did as much research as I could and applied it to building these ponds.
It has always been a dream of mine to do th...
Obligations are a reality in the workplace, in schools and in our relationships. Why wouldnt they be part of the benefit system? Far from being unfair to beneficiaries they ensure integrity and a level playing field for all who have dealings with Work and Income. Beneficiary advocates should support - rather than oppose - obligations because they build public confidence in the benefit system, lift empathy and regard for those who rely on it, and willingness to pay for it. Most New Zealanders believe in a social safety net but also want to trust that it is not being abused.
Saudi Arabia has admitted that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in their consulate in Istanbul, but say it was a result of a fight. And Donald trump says that sounds credible. Al Jazeera: Saudi Arabia admits Jamal Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate Saudi Arabia has admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city 
An old man was on his death bed wanted to be buried with his money.
He called his priest, doctor and lawyer to his bedside. Heres $30,000 cash to be held by each of you. I trust you to put this in my coffin when I die so I can take all my money with me.
At the funeral, each of the three put an envelope in the coffin.
As they drove away together, the priest suddenly broke into tears and confessed, I only put $20,000 into the envelope because I needed $10,000 to repair the roof of the church.
Well, since were confiding in each other, said the doctor, I only put $10,000 in the envelope because we needed a new X-ray machine for the pediatrics ward at the hospital which cost $20,000.
The lawyer was aghast. Im ashamed of both of you, she exclaimed. I want it known that when I put my envelope in that coffin, I enclosed a check for the full $30,000.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced recently their top 40 chemicals they believe are worthy of a closer look.
One of the more interesting aspects of the list is that glyphosate is not on it. This is a small victory to science over uninformed public opinion.
As the general public and ratepayers they have a say over what chemicals may and may not be used within cities and city councils have certainly responded with many councils through-out the world no longer using it.
Councils have found other, arguably more appropriate, ways to manage weeds, sometimes by just ignoring them and getting used to the idea that parks are allowed to look a little scruffy around the edges. . .
Global Dairy Trade looks to boost liquidity, add new markets Rebecca Howard:
The Global Dairy Trade platform is looking to boost liquidity, GDT director Eric Hansen told the NZX Global Dairy Seminar in Singapore.
As of May, the 10-year-old platform had seen US$23 billion traded across multiple products in more than 200 trading events. While growth had been significant we really need to do a lot more work to boost liquidity on the platform, he said. . .
Sir Michael Fays hill country station on the market Eric Frykberg:
A prestigious hill country station in the Wairarapa is being put up for sale by Sir Michael Fay....
Tropical forests Insect numbers plummet in Puerto Rico, alarming scientists (The Independent, Gizmodo, Nature, The Scientist). Cameroonian authorities have approved the countrys first combined marine-terrestrial national park (Rainforest Trust). The expansion of oil palm in Indonesia could be threatening subsistence farming for 150 million people, a new study has found (CIFOR Forests News). Two tropical countries, Ghana and Ecuador, are working together to develop their forestry sectors (Peace FM). Food giant Nestl says it will publish evidence of deforestation that it has gathered on its website (Swiss Info). A new report from Global Witness finds that logging, driven largely by demand from China, is wiping out forests on the Solomon Islands (Radio New Zealand). Given a choice between reducing emissions and halting deforestation, scientists agree that we need to do both (The Guardian). The Rakhine crisis in Myanmar leads the U.K. to pull funding from an effort to reform the countrys timber industry (Frontier Myanmar). Scientists could miss the warning signs of the extinction of some species because of the compounding effects of the wildlife trade and deforestation (Science Daily). A unique skin disease could be adding to the decline of giraffes in Africa (Business Daily Africa/The Conversation). Beef is off the menu on select flights by Virgin, in a test that the companys founder says could reduce its climate footprint (The Australian Financial Review). Investors are increasingly valuing zero deforestation (Brink). Agriculture giant Wilmar pledges to be deforestation-free by 2020 amid criticism (Eco-Business). Other news U.S. President Donald Trump
Jami-Lee Ross announced at the start of the week he was going to resign and stand in the resulting by-election.
By weeks end hed changed his tune.
Hes now not going to resign.
He can justify that as much as he likes but you dont have to be a cynic to think hes realised that he wouldnt win the seat as an independent, that hed lose his MPs income, and that the prospects of anyone else wanting to employ him are infinitesimal.
If he cant win he has nothing to lose which leaves the National caucus with another conundrum.
Could it, should it, get Ross kicked out of parliament under the waka jumping legislation against which it argued so vehemently?
Or should it ignore him in the knowledge that if he stays he could carry on scatter-bombing, hurting untold other people and his former party, under the protection of parliamentary privilege?
A man who knows he cant win and is unemployable has nothing to lose.
Earlier in the week Jami-Lee Ross tried to claim some moral high ground and denied having harassed or treated women badly. He also complained about claims and insinuations by Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett that there were many women not pleased with Ross behaviour. He said he had been threatened with up to 15 revelations, 
On Tuesday Jami-Lee Ross stated that he intended resigning from the National Party and from Parliament (he said on Friday). He has since reneged on that commitment. What is his current position in Parliament? Sitting date: 16 Oct 2018 SPEAKERS RULINGS Jami-Lee Ross SPEAKER: Under Standing Order 35(1)(c), I have been advised by the senior Opposition whip 
Apparently operating outside the Prime Ministerial PR loop Clark Gayford could become a PR liability for Jacinda Ardern. Arderns partner Gayford and her baby Neve have been an asset to her image, but Gayford keeps intruding on her job. He gets himself involved in Arderns political life and this could cause her some problems. It 
Saturdays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
Without music life would be a mistake. Friedrich Nietzsche
In a week in politics dominated by the ongoing Jami-Lee Ross train wreck, Jacinda Ardern has declined to get involved and did not try to score cheap political pot shots, as a good Prime Minister should. NZH: New Zealanders want a different political environment, Jacinda Ardern says Ardern again refused to be drawn into the 
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1632 Sir Christopher Wren, English architect, was born (d. 1723).
1740 Maria Theresa takes the throne of Austria. France, Prussia, Bavaria and Saxony refused to honour the Pragmatic Sanction (allowing succession by a daughter) and the War of the Austrian Succession began.
1781 Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, was approved in Habsburg Monarchy.
1803 The United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.
1818 The Convention of 1818 signed between the United States and the United Kingdom which, among other things, settled the Canada United States border on the 49th parallel for most of its length.
1827 Battle of Navarino a combined Turkish and Egyptian armada was defeated by British, French, and Russian naval force in the port of Navarino in Pylos, Greece.
1859 John Dewey, American philosopher, was born (d. 1952).
1873 Nellie McClung, Canadian politician and activist, was born (d. 1951).
1883 Peru and Chile signed the Treaty of Ancn, by which the Tarapac province was ceded to the latter, bringing an end to Perus involvement in the War of the Pacific.
1891 James Chadwick, English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 1974).
1904 Anna Neagle, English actress, was born (d. 1986).
1910 The hull of the...
When governments abandon us, we must step up
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 17th October 2018
It is hard to believe today, but the prevailing ethos among the educated elite was once public service. As the historian Tony Judt documented in Ill Fares the Land, the foremost ambition among graduates in the 1950s and 1960s was, through government or the liberal professions, to serve their country. Their approach might have been patrician and often blinkered, but their intentions were mostly public and civic, not private and pecuniary.
Today, the notion of public service seems as quaint as a local post office. We expect those who govern us to grab what they can, permitting predatory banks and corporations to fleece the public realm, then collecting their reward in the form of lucrative directorships. As the Edelman Corporations Trust Barometer survey reveals, trust worldwide has collapsed in all major institutions, and government is less trusted than any other.
As for the economic elite, as the consequences of their own greed and self-interest emerge, they seek, like the Roman oligarchs fleeing the collapse of the Western Empire, only to secure their survival against the indignant mob. An essay by the visionary author Douglas Rushkoff this summer, documenting his discussion with some of the worlds richest people, reveals that their most pressing concern is to find a safe refuge from climate breakdown, economic and societal collapse. Should they move to New Zealand or Alaska? How will they pay their security guards once money is worthless? Could they upload their minds onto supercomputers? Survival Condo, the company turning former missile silos in Kansas into fortified bunkers, has so far sold every completed unit.
Trust, the Edelman Corporation observes, is now the deciding factor in whether a society can function. Unfortunately, our mistrust is fully justified. Those who have destroyed belief in governments exploit its collapse, railing against a liberal elite (by which they mean people still engaged in public service)....
China is reportedly in the process of creating three artificial moons that would light up the south-western city of Chengdu, saving $240 million in annual electricity costs. 18 October 2018 China is reportedly in the process of creating an artificial moon that would be bright enough to replace the streetlights in the south-western city of 
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Its sad but unsurprising to see more chaos from disgraced MP Jami-Lee Ross he has decided not to resign from Parliament, saying he wants to stay and dish out dirt. He has admitted having two affairs, including one with an MP, and has apologised to the four women detailed in the Newsroom article yesterday, 
This week, the Herald published an article by industry observer Tony Baldwin, which argued in some depth that Fonterra has been a failed experiment. What follows is a response from Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell to that article.
I took the job of CEO of Fonterra because I believe in the Co-ops potential and the positive difference it makes to New Zealand and consumers around the world.
Its clear the challenge is big and we dont always get everything right. Ive been open about that with our farmers, unit holders, employees and the New Zealand public.
Now our focus has shifted to rolling up our sleeves and getting on with the job. We are well underway with our business review, which will deliver a balanced portfolio of high-performing investments, aligned to strategy and delivering returns across the short, medium and longer term. . .
Hands-on hard yards training Hamish MacLean:
Colderidge Downs, in the Rakaia Gorge, looks like paradise, but the Coleridge Down Training Farm is home to hands-on hard-yards-style training for youth with a passion for agriculture and the outdoors.
Covering extensive hill country to intensive irrigated pastoral land, the group of central Canterbury farms cover about 10,000ha, run 42,000 stock units, and take on three cadets a year to ultimately gain level 3 and 4 qualifications through primary ITO in a two-year course.
Lachie Mee (18) finished at Waitaki Boys High
School as a year 12 pupil last year and started at Coleridge Downs
in January along with two other first-year cadets.
And when he started, he quickly learned he had entered the workforce. . .
"When government does, occasionally, work, it works in an elitist fashion. That is, government is most easily manipulated by people who have money and power already. This is why government benefits usually go to people who dont need benefits from government. Government may make some environmental improvements, but these will be improvements for rich bird-watchers. And no one in government will remember that when poor people go bird-watching they do it at Kentucky Fried Chicken."
~ P.J. ORourke
The petrol tank was around a quarter full when I stopped for more fuel.
It cost more than $100.
As I paid I said to the woman serving me, Im pleased this doesnt mean I cant buy the groceries, it must be hard for a lot of people.
She agreed, said her children were on the minimum wage and one sometimes had to toss up between fuel for the car to get to work and food for her family.
That is now the reality for too many people.
The government can cast blame on fuel companies but it has to take some responsibility.
The extra taxes it has already introduced and the additional tax in the pipeline makes the governments share of the price we pay at the pump too big a proportion of the total cost.
Just like tobacco tax, the extra fuel tax (and GST on top of it) is taking tax too far.
Its not just that people are now having to toss up between fuel and food, its compounded by the inflationary impact of fuel tax because all goods and every service have a fuel component. The extra taxes are making that fuel too expensive and inflating the cost of everything else.
That doesnt just impact on households and businesses. It is over-stretching budgets for hospitals, schools and the myriad providers of social services, whether or not they are not-for-profit.
The politicians encouragement for people to use public transport more doesnt help these organisations.
They cant get their supplies delivered by foot, cycle or bus and their staff cant use those modes of transport to carry out their work.
Theyre not an option for many people on shift work nor for anyone who lives or works too far from bus routes.
When you live in the country you can do your best to minimise the times you need to go somewhere, but some travel is necessary and that requires driving your own vehicle.
When the government has a $5 billion surplus even if big-cost items in this years Budget arent included in it it shouldnt be introducing any extra taxes.
It should be having a very careful look at its spending, taking a very sharp knife to every excess, and not just forgetting any more fuel tax, it must remove the extra its already imposed.
National have a number of problems in the Jami-Lee Ross aftermath (or ongoing attack), so Ill put some in one thread. Bridges & Ross horsetrading the value of Indians, Chinese and Filipinos is one of the many dirty aspects of the Nat party saga. We all miss out from this token & opportunistic approach to 
It is reported that one of the women alleging harassment by ex MP Jami-Lee Ross may be involved in a confidentiality agreement with the National Party. I dont think we should rush to conclusions here. But appears this is exactly what the media has done, without considering the impact on the victim of them flying 
The Jami-Lee Ross saga has raised to issue of whether candidates can influence candidate selections with donations. I think that Colin Craigs and Gareth Morgans money may have influenced their candidacy, but they are extreme examples. It is difficult separating financial interests from political interests these days. Prospective candidates wanting to stand especially for National 
The recent claims of a plan to build a waterfront stadium in Auckland have been confirmed with the plan now going public. NZH: Aucklanders being asked to support a $1.8 billion stadium on the waterfront The stadium will cost $1.8 billion and could be built within 10 years at zero cost to ratepayers and taxpayers, 
The issue of political donations in return for political influence and even candidacy has come up in the Jami-Lee Ross saga, even though it now seems that Ross has not come close to delivering on his accusations. The related issue of Chinese influence in New Zealand (and world) politics has also come up. I think 
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Apartheid Israel has long sought to criminalise boycotts against its occupation of Palestine. In 2011, Amnesty International called its new anti-boycott law "a blatant attempt to stifle peaceful dissent and campaigning by attacking the right to freedom of expression". And now, an Israeli court has ruled against two Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) supporters for their role in getting a concert cancelled. But Israel is probably wishing it hadn't tried to silence these campaigners. Because they've come out fighting. High-profile BDS success and backlash from occupation-defenders In late 2017, New Zealand-based campaigners Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab (of Jewish and Palestinian descent respectively) asked singer Lorde to cancel a concert in Israel out of respect for the non-violent BDS movement.
202 BC Second Punic War: At the Battle of Zama, Roman legions under Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal Barca, leader of the invading Carthaginian army.
439 The Vandals, led by King Gaiseric, take Carthage.
1216 King John of England died and was succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry.
1453 The French recapture of Bordeaux brought the Hundred Years Warto a close, with the English retaining only Calais on French soil.
1466 The Thirteen Years War ended with the Second Treaty of Thorn.
1512 Martin Luther became a doctor of theology (Doctor in Biblia).
1789 John Jay was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States.
1813 The Battle of Leipzig concluded, giving Napoleon Bonaparte one of his worst defeats.
1822 In Parnaba; Simplcio Dias da Silva, Joo Cndido de Deus e Silva and Domingos Dias declared the independent state of Piau.
1850 Annie Smith Peck, American mountaineer, was born (d. 1935).
1864 Battle of Cedar Creek Union Army under Philip Sheridan destroy the Confederate Army under Jubal Early.
1864 St. Albans Raid Confederate raiders launched an attack on Saint Albans, Vermont.
1879 Emma Bell Miles, American writer, poet, and artist was born (d. 1919).
So as we all know, YouTube went down worldwide for over an hour yesterday. 911 calls were made, panic ensued, and then peace and video streaming were restored to the galaxy. Strange thing is, no advance notice was given, nor any explanation afterwards. And in the absence of explanations, speculation and conspiracy theories breed and 
One woman has gone public about what she claims was harassment by Jami-Lee Ross. This is in relation to the Howick Community Board where Ross campaigned for his wife to be appointed board chair. others have complained about Ross behaviour over this too, including the person who became chair. It wasnt sexual but was serious 
Is Jami-Lee Ross mentally ill, just behaving really badly, or both?
Amateur diagnosticians are using terms like manic depression, bipolar and narcissism to describe his behaviour.
Former colleague, Mark Mitchell, who is in a better position to know spoke to Mike Hosking yesterday about mental illness and said: He has to take responsibility for his actions, but he must look after himself first.
That was before the release of the tape that didnt appear to be the smoking gun Ross said it would be, but did needlessly insult other people, all of whom responded with dignity.
Maureen Pugh tweeted:
Chris Finlayson said:
Any suggestion that I am upset about the tape is just wrong, he said.
Finlayson noted he had said plenty of nasty things about people himself over his career that thankfully had not been taped.
I can wound with my tongue at 100 paces, Finlayson said. . .
David Carter was equally untroubled:
Mr Carter also said he was not in the slightest bit bothered by comments made about him by Mr Bridges.
Mr Carter said Mr Bridges was clearly set up by Mr Ross in the phone call.
Looking at renewal thats inevitably needed by all political parties, I take no offence at all about what was said by Simon Bridges....
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