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I think its fair to say that Kelvin Davis has been quite disappointing in his public appearances as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Corrections. He has taken part in this weeks Justice Summit, which has been trying to kick off discussions on how to reduce the currently surging prisoner numbers. As Davis is also 
It was a bizarre day yesterday as revelations and media conferences added information but raised further questions in the already odd case of the leaked expenses of Simon Bridges. Just one bizarre part of yesterdays unfolding was Tova OBrien, the Newshub journalist who broke the story in the first place after being provided with leaked 
There was a lot of angst expressed this week when the news of journalist and TV presenter Greg Boyeds death became known. It was obvious from reports that he had struggled with depression that he had ended his own life (sadly while on holiday overseas with his wife and young child). As sad as this 
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.
Respect is earned. Honesty is appreciated. Love is gained. Loyalty is returned.
There seems to be growing dysfunction in democracies with important associations with New Zealand. United Kingdom The United Kingdom continues to struggle with its exit from the European Union after a controversial referendum in 2016 chose Brexit by a fairly close margin. It is claimed that the referendum was unduly affected by social media manipulation 
Our relatively) close neighbours the Aussies have a new Prime Minister that most Kiwis are unlikely to have heard of (Scott Morrison, after two leadership votes in a week. The deposing of Malcolm Turnbull adds to the procession of Australian Prime Ministers who have failed to see out a term in office, earning Canberra the 
25 August 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 
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1248 The Dutch city of Ommen received city rights and fortification rights from Otto III, the Archbishop of Utrecht.
1530 Tsar Ivan IV of Russia Ivan the Terrible was born (d. 1584)
1537 The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army and the second most senior, was formed.
1580 Battle of Alcntara. Spain defeated Portugal.
1609 Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.
1724 George Stubbs, British painter, was born (d. 1806).
1758 Seven Years War: Frederick II of Prussia defeated the Russian army at the Battle of Zorndorf.
1768 James Cook began his first voyage.
1817 Marie-Eugnie de Jsus, French nun and saint, founded the Religious of the Assumption, was born (d. 1898).
1825 Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil.
1830 The Belgian Revolution began.
1835 The New York Sun perpetrated the Great Moon Hoax.
1898 700 Greeks and 15 Englishmen are killed by the Turks in Heraklion, Greece.
1900 Hans Adolf Krebs, German physician and biochemist; Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 1981).
1910 Dorothea Tanning, American painter, sculptor, and poet, wa...
The coroner has just released suicide
statistics for the period June 2017 to June 2018.
A stand out is the increase in females who have suicided, up by 44 on the previous year.
And I can't help but notice this coincides with the sharp rise in female prison inmates.
Why are (some) women getting more desperate? Is that even the right question?
I've graphed the yearly (June to June) rate:
The photo on the top of this blog was taken one evening when I was preparing dinner, looked out the kitchen window and saw the rainbow.
I grabbed my camera (this was the days before phones took photos), captured the shot and by the time I got back inside the rainbow had gone.
I was reminded of that when I saw the photo on Fonterras tweet in the post below this one.
Rainbows are symbols of promise, they also remind me to enjoy the moment.
Today Im grateful for the symbolism and the reminder.
This should have just been me making a point at The Standard this morning, but showing signs of past intolerance of criticism they overreacted, threatened me with a ban, demoted the thread and then it seems banned me anyway because i couldnt in response to lprents censorship (he may not have seen the post as 
In the traditional time for releasing news you want buried in the weekend, Jacinda Ardern and Clare Curran gave slightly different versions of Currans demotion today for repeating a failure to properly record a meeting. Ardern says Clare Curran removed from Cabinet Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has removed Clare Curran from Cabinet and accepted her 
On a day when Scott Morrison becomes Australias Prime Minister; the story around the leak of Simon Bridges travel expenses takes a bizarre turn, and Clare Curran becomes the first Minister to be sacked from Jacinda Arderns cabinet, nature reminds us that without rain there would be no rainbows:
Perhaps never in the field of human interaction has civilised debate been so important -- and so rare.
Water guru laments lost chances Richard Rennie:
After half a century working with natural resources around the world and now in his career twilight Dr Terry Heiler despairs about New Zealands ability to develop a cohesive, sustainable water policy that supports irrigators, communities and the environment.
The irrigation pioneer and 2013 Lincoln Bledisloe Medal winner believes the problems around NZs irrigation funding are heightened in a global environment where hedge funds are seeking investment in a world requiring about $3.7 trillion a year in infrastructure investment. . .
NZ is known for its dairy products, and is home to one of the biggest dairy companies in the world. In this Stuff special investigation, we examine how the price of milk is set and explore the industry behind our liquid asset.
Its a practice often questioned by non-farmers but separating newborn calves from their mothers is better for the animals, a dairying leader says.
Janet Schultz, Federated Farmers Taranaki dairy chairwoman, said although taking calves from their mothers might appear cruel, it was necessary for the health of the animals and the industry.
Schultz said cows experienced the same discomfort as human mothers when their milk came in and a calf couldnt drink enough to relieve the pain. . .
Today is National Poetry Day:
National Poetry Day was established in 1997. A one-day national poetry event extravaganza, it is held on the fourth Friday of August each year.
From seasoned poets, to total newbies, to the simply-a-bit-curious, participants in Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2018 on Friday, 24 August will have the opportunity to be touched by the magic and excitement of poetry, to get involved in the poetry community, and to discover New Zealand poets, share poems and explore and experience what poetry is all about. . .
I love poetry.
With or without rhyme, the economy of words, the way a poem helps me understand something I feel when I havent the words to explain it myself, the poets ability to say something with what is left out as well as what is put in . . .
But how do you read a poem?
Dunedin poet, Diane Brown provides her answer to that question:
How do you read a poem? a woman asked as we aqua-jogged. Despite years of writing and reading poems and a degree in literature, I had no easy answer. My pool friend was talking of the poems in The Weekend Mix and in particular poems without the certainty of rhyme and meter that she was familiar with. Many modern poems have irregular lines and seem to follow no pattern. Where does the emphasis go, how do you know when to pause? And how do you interpret?
The Romanian poet, Paul Celan said: A poem, as a manifestation of language and thus essentially dialogue, can be a message in a bottle, sent out in the -not always greatly hopeful belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, on heartland perhaps. Poems in this sense, too are under way: they are making toward something.
I find this a helpful way to think of a poem. A bottle lying on the sand. You pull out the paper and unfold it. Its in hieroglyphics. Imagine the frustration. All you know is that you have received a message from far away. A person reaching out. To you. Maybe you have to live with the uncertainty, maybe you can find tools to help decipher. . .
Interpreting a poem can require a consideration of sound, appearance, surface and underlying meanings, and more words than the poem itself. And its easy to beat the life out of them.
Dear Reader, I urge you to simply enter into a dialogue with the poem and listen to what it has to say. Even if you get a gl...
Radio New Zealand | 23 August 2018
An MP in the autonomous Bougainville parliament says Australian aid to the region is being used to jockey for position ahead of the vote on possible independence.
Bougainville is due to vote next year on whether to remain part of Papua New Guinea or choose independence.
Donor nations have started increasing their support but MP Joseph Watawi is taking issue with Australia sending in teams of advisers, without consultation.
He says the advisers are there to gain political power and influence for Australia when what Bougainville needs are nurses, doctors and engineers.
Mr Watawi told Don Wiseman he thinks the Australian assistance is focused on the possible re-emergence of the former Australian owned mining company, Bougainville Copper Ltd the company which sparked the Bougainville crisis.
PMID: J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2013 Mar ;61(3):233-9. PMID: 23188132 Abstract Title: Oral pretreatment with liposomal glutathione attenuates reperfusion injury in rabbit isolated hearts. Abstract: Reactive oxygen species are a key mediator of myocardial reperfusion injury. Endogenous cellular defenses against reactive oxygen species often become overwhelmed after ischemia and reperfusion. Therefore, exogenous supplementation of various antioxidant compounds has been hypothesized to protect against reperfusion. Reduced glutathione (GSH) is an important endogenous antioxidant that affords protection against oxidative damage. Oral administration of GSH is limited due to poor gastrointestinal absorption. A liposomal preparation of glutathione (lipGSH) capable of oral administration was investigated for its ability to attenuate tissue injury and increase myocardial glutathione levels in an isolated heart model of reperfusion injury. Male, New Zealand white rabbits were assigned randomly among 4 groups as follows: control and daily oral administration of lipGSH for 3, 7, or 14 days. At completion of the dosing regimen, hearts were harvested and perfused in a retrograde manner with the use of a Langendorff apparatus. The hearts were subjected to 30 minutes of global ischemia followed by 60 minutes of reperfusion. Hearts from lipGSH-treated rabbits exhibited better recovery of left ventricular contractile function during reperfusion and had attenuated oxidative damage. Furthermore, hearts from lipGSH-treated animals had increased myocardial tissue levels of GSH demonstrating effective absorption of lipGSH.
The seedy little factory in Burton St, Oxford, Alabama from whence New Zealand sourced its pure 1080 poison for so many years, has finally closed its doors! Yet we are still, according to the NZ government, importing our pure 1080 from the USA. So, where are we getting it from ? August 24, 2018 
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QotD: "South Africa has until recently been a decent model for other [African] countries to orient their policies toward. But if the continents biggest economic engine moves more and more in the direction of Zimbabwe, then economic growth, investor confidence, and, most important, average people going about their daily lives will suffer not only in South Africa but in the nearby countries with which it trades and does business." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"
"South Africa has until recently been a decent model for other [African] countries to orient their policies toward. But if the continents biggest economic engine moves more and more in the direction of Zimbabwe, then economic growth, investor confidence, and, most important, average people going about their daily lives will suffer not only in South Africa but in the nearby countries with which it trades and does business."
~ John Fund, from his article, "Will South Africa Follow the Path of Zimbabwe?"
Jo Moir has uncovered another $30 million were paying for Winstons dowry:
New Zealand Firsts loyalty to the racing industry has galloped beyond tax breaks for good-looking race horses to include several all-weather race tracks for the industry.
Racing Minister Winston Peters secured a tax change in the Budget this year to allow new investors to claim deductions for the cost of horses based on the virtue of its bloodlines, looks and racing potential.
Its now been revealed $30 million of contingency funding in the Provincial Growth Fund has been earmarked for the coalition government pet projects and the racing industry is set to benefit. . .
Nationals economic development spokesman Paul Goldsmith said his party supports the racing industry but the lines are blurred when a project gets the green light simply because a coalition partner likes the sound of it.
They should be able to make their case clear, and open and rigourous, and if it stacks up, it stacks up.
The problem that weve got here is that the whole system is opaque and murky so its hard to disentangle the arguments, and in that area theyre not even making an argument, theyre just saying were going to do it, Mr Goldsmith said.
Mr Goldsmith described the provincial growth fund criteria as being as loose and as billowing as the deep blue sea.
Well what weve seen is that its an all-purpose political slush fund and you can fit anything into it, he said. . .
The Taxpayers Union says this horse barrel politics sets a new low:
. . .This sets a new low for coalition back room deals, clearly designed to benefit an industry with known links to NZ First, with the tab picked up by hard working taxpayers most of whom dont own race horses, says Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers Union.
I think we could call it the worst of horse-barrel politics. The barrel is so large even race tracks fit into it.
And why are we finding this out only now? Why isnt Winstons Dowry open to the public? Was this part of the coalition agreements missing five...
Another controversial Donald Trump tweet: I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers. @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2018 This has raised concerns 
Today is National Poetry Day: National Poetry Day was established in 1997. A one-day national poetry event extravaganza, it is held on the fourth Friday of August each year. From seasoned poets, to total newbies, to the simply-a-bit-curious, participants in Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2018 on Friday, 24 August have the opportunity 
There are things that happen and leave no discernible trace, are not spoken or written of, though it would be very wrong to say that subsequent events go on indifferently, all the same, as though such things had never been. A.S. Byatt who celebrates her 82nd birthday today.
Its odd to see Trump talking of impeachment. Its been a tough week for him, but while the guilty verdicts of Paul Manafort and guilty pleas of Michael Cohen reflect poorly on Trumps choice of campaign leader and personal lawyer look questionable, the degree of legal jeopardy he faces is debatable. I dont think things 
By Melinda Cafferty, Natural Blaze
Weve written before about the rise of unique solar power. Some of the new solar cells are even wearable. One of the reasons solar is such a boon is the freedom it allows people if they want to go off-grid. Whether it be a cottage in the woods, or a backyard getaway, solar allows energy harnessing at a fraction of the cost of electricity.
Meet glamping a term that means glam camping. Although if anything, it seems like a relaxing way to take in a view and still have modern comforts. Luxury? Sure. But also great for those who have pain and other conditions that dont allow for rouging it.
PurePods is a company that allows people to rent all-glass, off-grid experiences in New Zealand. Youll notice that the glass pods dont offer much privacy but curtains are available, and there are no neighbors or wifi. I think the idea is to constantly be in awe of nature even if you are in a glass bubble, protected from the elements.
A tumultuous day in Australian politics yesterday, with a the second Liberal leadership vote looking likely in a week now. Malcolm Turnbull looks like dead leader stumbling. News.com.au: Peter Dutton needs just one signature to secure leadership spill PETER Dutton is only one signature away from securing a leadership spill to oust Prime Minister Malcolm 
RNZ are reporting that a National MP has sent a text to Simon Bridges and to the Speaker Trevor Mallard, confessing to leaking Bridges expenses information just days before it was due to be released publicly. They also say the MP has asked for the leak inquiry to be called off, and that exposure could 
24 August 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 
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This 22 August 2018 video says about itself:
Endangered Bahama Nuthatch spotted | University of East Anglia (UEA)
One of the rarest birds in the western hemisphere has been spotted by researchers from the University of East Anglia. The Bahama Nuthatch is an endangered species, found only in the native pine forests on Grand Bahama Island, approximately 150km off Palm Beach, Florida.
The research team fear that it could be one of the last birds in existence placing the species on the verge of extinction and certainly among the worlds most critically endangered birds.
From the University of East Anglia in England:
Bird feared extinct rediscovered in the Bahamas
August 23, 2018
One of the rarest birds in the western hemisphere, the Bahama Nuthatch, has been rediscovered by research teams searching the island of Grand Bahama.
The finding is particularly significant because the species had been feared extinct following the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and had not been found in subsequent searches.
But it is feared that there could only be two left placing the species on the verge of extinction and certainly among the worlds most critically endangered birds.
The Bahama Nuthatch is an endangered species, only known from a small area of native pine forest on Grand Bahama Island, which lies approximately 100 miles off Palm Beach, Florida.
University of East Anglia masters students Matthew Gardner and David Pereira set out on a three-month expedition to find this and other endemic Caribbean pine forest bird species.
They made their way through dense forest with thick poisonwood understorey the layer of vegetation growing beneath the main forest canopy in what is thought to be one of the most exhaustive searches of the island.
They worked in partnership with Nigel Collar and David Wege from Birdlife International and the Bahamas National Trust, the organisation which works to protect the habitats and species of the...
One thing already seems clear in the Trump era: the world will not turn out to be the American presidents playground. His ultra-unilateralist, rejectionist policies on trade, the Iran denuclearization agreement, the costs of defense, and climate change are already creating an incipient anti-Trump movement globally (and in the United States as well). To a remarkable degree, the countries he has targeted are banding together to oppose him and his policies. That still inchoate but gathering opposition assures that, whatever Donald Trumps view of America may be, it is no longer in the phrase coined 20 years ago by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright the indispensable nation. Abroad or even at home, with the president facing increasingly strong headwinds on climate change at the state and local level, were entering a new world order on the heels of the collapsed American domination of the past three-quarters of a century.
Lets consider the opposition Trump has generated on an issue-by-issue basis.
In January 2017, on his first day in office, President Trump promptly withdrew the United States from the long-negotiated 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact, deeply disappointing among others a close ally, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He had assiduously curried favor with Trump as soon as he was elected on and off the golf course. A day earlier in January, Abe had even succeeded in getting his own parliament to approve the agreement.
But in an act by Washingtons allies unprecedented in the last seven decades, Abe, along with the leaders of the 10 other countries in that pact Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam refused to take Trumps executive order as TPPs death sentence. Instead, in a groundbreaking step into a new world, they resumed negotiations on the pact in the Chilean city of Via del Mar.
This March, after months of deliberation, they signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership in Chiles capital city, Santiago. For the signatories, it reduces tariffs drastically, while introducing sweeping new trade rules in markets covering half a trillion people on either side of the Pacific Ocean.
This was a landmark event, inaugurating an era in which countries long accustomed to following cues from Washington forged ahead without its participation. In doing so, they rejected Tr...
I am doing a Conversations with Tyler with her, here is her home page. She is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland and has a new book coming out: Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Out World. Here is part of the Amazon summary:
Why are clocks in Germany so accurate while those in Brazil are frequently wrong? Why do New Zealands women have the highest number of sexual partners? Why are Red and Blue States really so divided? Why was the Daimler-Chrysler merger ill-fated from the start? Why is the driver of a Jaguar more likely to run a red light than the driver of a plumbers van? Why does one spouse prize running a tight ship while the other refuses to sweat the small stuff?
In search of a common answer, Gelfand has spent two decades conducting research in more than fifty countries. Across all age groups, family variations, social classes, businesses, states and nationalities, shes identified a primal pattern that can trigger cooperation or conflict. Her fascinating conclusion: behavior is highly influenced by the perception of threat.
So what should I ask?
1198 King Alexander II of Scotland, was born (d. 1249).
1349 Six thousand Jews were killed in Mainz after being blamed for thebubonic plague.
1391 Jews massacred in Palma de Mallorca.
1456 The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.
1511 Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal conquered Malacca, the capital of the Sultanate of Malacca.
1556 Sophia Brahe, Danish horticulturalist and astronomer, was born (d. 1643).
1591 Robert Herrick, English poet, was born (d. 1674).
1759 William Wilberforce, English abolitionist, was born (d. 1833).
1814 British troops invade Washington, D.C. and burned down the White House and several other buildings....
In the old days wedding cakes were fruit cakes.
Traditionally they were iced with almond icing, often with a great deal of artistic decoration.
These days wedding cakes arent necessarily even baked Whitestone Cheese does a wonder line of celebration cakes in cheese.
The one Ive been asked to bake is a chocolate cake to from the base of a tier.
So far so easy. But the request came for the cake to be 35 centimeters and the recipe I wanted to use was for a 28 centimeter tin.
I enlisted the assistance of someone whos much better with numbers than I am and he said I should increase all the ingredients by half.
So far so easy, until I got to three eggs. Do I try to halve an egg or use five instead of 4 1/2?
I opted for five.
No one is in charge in Australia. Mondays leadership challenge by Home Affairs minister, the potato-headed former police officer Peter Dutton, was cutting enough to leave Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a wounded animal. The 48 to 35 margin of victory demonstrated the sheer degree of disaffection for the leadership within party ranks, and risks keeping that unenviable record of no Australian prime minister lasting out a full term of office since John Howards 2004 election victory.
Resignations have duly followed (some ten frontbenches outed themselves as Dutton supporters in offering their notices, though many have not been accepted by Turnbull). Dutton has become a chief plotter on the backbench, from where another challenge is brewing. The government is imploding and New Zealands foreign minister Winston Peters, visiting Canberra, offered a bit of advice: When you go into a spill, you have to take your abacus.
In the aftermath of the challenge, Dutton continues to fuel the fire, giving radio station 3AW a generous smattering to threaten Turnbull. You dont go into a ballot believing youre going to lose and if I believe that a majority of colleagues support me, then I would reconsider my position. He had been chasing up colleagues, testing the waters, working the phones. Im not going to beat around the bush with that.
Ever blinkered and reactionary, his policy offerings continue to be unimaginative, the stuff of cold porridge. To cope with housing affordability, immigration needs to looked at. To deal with infrastructure problems, immigration needs to be looked at. I think you need to cut the numbers back. This is less the remit of a potential prime minister as a demagogue who remains trapped in the portfolio of home affairs.
In a bid to make a populist steal, Dutton is offering a temporary sweetener to the public. To Triple M Melbourne, he outlined a proposal that will tickle a few: I think one of the things that we could do straight away, in this next billing cycle, is take the GST off electricity bills for families. It would be an automatic reduction of 10 percent for electricity bills and people would feel that impact straight away.
Another peg on offer is one distinctly against the free market ideology of the party. Its the season for royal commissions, and Dutton is willing to capitalise. A royal commission into the electricity and fuel companies, arg...
COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; Your recommendation at the WEC two years ago that the south island in New Zealand would be a safe place has really led to a lot of chaos. So many billionaires have suddenly been buying up property down here it is obvious you have a lot of influence. It has even made the Guardian. Please dont send any more people down here.
REPLY: I never sent anyone directly to New Zealand. I know we are well read among the money class as they say. Everyone eventually makes their own decision. Nevertheless, your Prime Minister is out to stop foreign investors buying property down there these days.
Calf rearer changes tactics after Mycoplasma bovis battle Heather Chalmers:
Farmers who believe they can live with Mycoplasma bovis need to think again, say a Southland couple who are finally clear after eight months battling the bacterial cattle disease.
Lumsden couple Ben Walling and Sarah Flintoft are now gun-shy of returning to their calf rearing business, knowing the risks involved.
They had bought 1600 calves to rear last spring before being clobbered with M. bovis. Their farm was confirmed clear of infection by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in early August. . .
New research may hold the key to lowering our emissions, by breeding animals that naturally excrete less nitrogen.
Utilising the genes of animals that produce less nitrogen could provide farmers with a breakthrough in managing on-farm greenhouse gas emissions.
Two research projects are currently looking to see if theres a link between the nitrogen content of milk and animal emissions and whether its possible to identify and then replicate genes in animals that might control how much nitrogen an animal gives off. . .
(BusinessDesk) A2 Milks shares rose 4.4 percent following the milk marketers annual results this morning, but are still well off record highs seen earlier this year.
The company more than doubled net profit to $195.7 million in the June 2018 year, as it widened margins and increased infant formula sales. Revenue rose 68 percent to $922.7 million and earnings before interest, tax, deprecation and amortisation also more than doubled to $283 million. A2 already gave that revenue figure last month, just beating its $900 million-to-$920 million forecast from May, and at the time said ebitda was...
In a hideous reflection of Chinas already-prevalent Social Credit system which is a rating assigned to each citizen based on government data regarding their economic and social status The Washington Post reports that Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to one. 
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Quotes of the Day: "If Marxists and Nazis were fighting over any principle at all, it was only about which particular noose to throw around humanity's neck. Where the Marxists collectivised on the basis of class, the Nazis collectivised on the basis of race." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"
"They were not so very different at all: If they [Marxists and Nazis] were fighting over any principle at all, it was only about which particular noose to throw around humanity's neck. Where the Marxists collectivised on the basis of class, the Nazis collectivised on the basis of race. That was perhaps their unique contribution -- and so very much simpler for the masses to understand and embrace... "
"The failure of Marxism to develop according to the logic of its traditional theory was reaching a crisis [in the 1950s]... The symptoms were many. One was manifest in the splintering of the monolithic Marxist movement into many sub-movements emphasising the socialism of sex, race, and ethnic identity. Such movements abandoned the universalistic conceptions of human interests ... "The international proletariat is a highly abstract concept. The universality of all human interests is a very sweeping generalisation... It is hard enough for a trained intellectual to conceive, as classical Marxism requires, of all of humankind as ultimately members of a universal class sharing the same universal interests. Butthe more epistemologically-modest theorists of the 1950s begin to askcan we really expect the masses to abstract to the view that we are all brothers and sisters under the skin? Can the masses conceive of themselves as a harmonious international class? The intellectual capacity of the masses is much more limited, so appealing to and mobilising the masses requires speaking to them about what matters to them and on a level that they can grasp. What the masses can understand and what they do get fired up about are their sexual, racial, ethnic, and religious identities. Both epistemological modesty and effective communication strategy, then, dictated a move from universalism to multiculturalism. In effect, by the late 1950s and early 1960s, significant portions of the Left came to agree with the collectivist Right on yet another issue: Forget internationalism, universalism, and cosmopolitanism; focus on smaller groups formed on the basis of ethnic, racial, or other identities."
~ Stephen Hicks, from his book ...
Nationals partial sale of a few state assets has been vindicated by a report released by TDB Advisory:
An independent report released today by TDB Advisory shows that the Mixed Ownership Model introduced under the previous National Government has been an overwhelming success, Nationals Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says.
The Mixed Ownership process successfully generated $4.7 billion for public infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and broadband and TDBs findings highlight the wider issue with the Governments ideological opposition to private sector involvement in funding new assets.
The partial sell-down of Genesis, Meridian and Mercury began in 2013 and had three simple objectives: to lower Government debt; to increase investment opportunities for mum and dad investors; and to improve the financial performance of each company.
TDBs study shows all of these objectives have been achieved.
The most striking finding is that despite electricity prices being flat-to-falling over the period of the Mixed Ownership Model, shareholder returns have increased by 69 percent and the Government has received higher dividends despite owning a lower share of each company.
The report also shows that opposition to the Mixed Ownership Model was misplaced. It didnt lead to higher electricity prices. And it didnt result in a drop-off in renewable energy generation, which has increased over the period.
The current Government has an irrational opposition to the private sector. Labours ideological resistance to Private-Public Partnerships to build public assets means a number of important projects are failing to get off the ground.
The Government shouldnt shut itself off from ideas such as Private-Public Partnerships or Mixed Ownership purely on ideological grounds. Evidence, not ideology, should drive good policy.
So the fear of prices soaring was misplaced; the government is earning a similar amount in dividends from a small shareholding; and pausing less interest; and the people who invested in the shares are getting dividends too.
. . .Taxpayers Union Economist Joe Ascroft sa...
It looks like political chaos in Australia. Take me to your Bleeder cartoon in todays @nzherald Story : #auspol #leadershipspill https://t.co/OdR6k9TcaY #MalcolmTurnbull #PeterDutton pic.twitter.com/bpYu6vzI23 Rod Emmerson (@rodemmerson) August 22, 2018 Winston Peters visited in the middle of the leadership mess. Newshub: Winston Peters foils Julie Bishops attempts to end press conference Winston Peters 
Big claims and counter claims were made about the financial benefits and threats over the National led part privatisation of power companies. It looks like despite dropping to 50% ownership, dividends to the Crown have increased. Stuff: Crown may be getting more in dividends now than before electricity company sales The Government may be getting 
Green MP continues to attract attention on Twitter. On Tuesday she said We cant fix our justice system unless were willing to decolonise. That begins with handing the mic over to tangata whenua. We cant fix our justice system unless were willing to decolonise. That begins with handing the mic over to tangata whenua #justicesummit 
Donald Trump is facing increasing pressures after Paul Manafort and especially Michael Cohen are now guilty of fairly serious crimes, and face years in prison. Manafort was locked up before his trial, and Cohen has made an agreement with prosecutors of a 4-6 year prison sentence. Manafort has kept a distance between his problems and 
The Opportunities Party (TOP) was generally seen as Gareth Morgans thing, and certainly it was his large dollops of money that gave the party prominence. Morgan toured the country generally making a good impression to audiences that included me he did well in front of a good sized crowd in Dunedin. However Morgan gave 
The Jury in the Paula Manafort trial returning eight guilty verdicts was bad for Manafort, who could also face retrial on the other ten charges and has another trial booked in next month on yet more charges. On its own I dont think it would have been particularly bad for Donald Trump, despite him having 
23 August 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 
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From Duke University in the USA:
Enigmatic African fossils rewrite story of when lemurs got to Madagascar
Specimens suggest Madagascars lemurs were not the first mammals on the island
August 21, 2018
Summary: Research reveals that a 20-million-year-old African fossil, long thought to be a bat, actually represents one of the earliest branches of the lemur family tree. The reassessment challenges a long-held view that lemurs descended from ancestors that colonized Madagascar in a single wave roughly 60 million years ago, and were the first mammals to get there. Instead, the researchers say two separate lemur lineages may have arrived independently, and much later than previously thought.
Discovered more than half a century ago in Kenya and sitting in museum storage ever since, the roughly 20-million-year-old fossil Propotto leakeyi was long classified as a fruit bat.
Now, its helping researchers rethink the early evolution of lemurs, distant primate cousins of humans that today are only found on the island of Madagascar, some 250 miles off the eastern coast of Africa. The findings could rewrite the story of just when and how they got to the island.
In a study to be published August 21 in the journal Nature Communications, researchers have re-examined Propottos fossilized remains and suggest that the strange creature wasnt a bat, but an ancient relative of the aye-aye, the bucktoothed nocturnal primate that represents one of the earliest branches of the lemur family tree.
The reassessment challenges a long-held view that todays 100-some lemur species descended from ancestors that made their way to Madagascar in a single wave more than 60 million years ago, becoming some of the firs...
30 BC After the successful invasion of Egypt, Octavian executed Marcus Antonius Antyllus, eldest son of Marc Antony, and Caesarion, the last king of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt and only child of Caesar and Cleopatra.
20 BC Ludi Volcanalici were held within the temple precinct of Vulcan, and used by Augustus to mark the treaty with Parthia and the return of thelegionary standards that had been lost at the Battle of Carrhae in 53 BC.
79 Mount Vesuvius began stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
1305 William Wallace, Scottish patriot, was executed for high treason.
1328 Battle of Cassel: French troops stopped an uprising of Flemish farmers.
1514 Battle of Chaldiran ended with a decisive victory for the Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, Safavids founder.
1572 St. Bartholomews Day massacre Mob violence against Huguenots in Paris.
1595 Michael the Brave confronted the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni.
1708 Meidingnu Pamheiba was crowned King of Manipur.
1775 King George III declared that the American colonies existed in a state of open and avowed rebellion.
1793 French Revolution: a leve en masse was decreed by the National Convention.
1799 Napoleon I of France left...
Latest from Tyler at Secureteam10 continues the featuring of underground booms being heard around the USA, and some rather artificial looking square and rectangular cloud formations, complete with telltale g-wave vortices typical of HAARP weather mod: Theyre Appearing Everywhere Now.. secureteam10 Published on Aug 19, 2018 Subscribed 1.7M For as little as $1 become a 
The guest speaker at Rotary this evening was asked to share the story of his business life.
He started by saying business is people dealing with people.
He also spoke about the importance of valuing people in business.
Thats what good business people do and Im grateful for the many who do.
Q post number 1931 is a link to this excellent summary of the massively corrupt Clinton Foundation...
You can see the enormous scale of the corruption when the dots are all connected.
Very few countries in the world escaped the clutches of Bill and Hillary Clinton. New Zealand, a small country of just 4 million people, donated 8 million dollars to the Clinton Foundation via our cabal Prime Minister John Key. That's $2 for every New Zealander, when we were struggling with solving our own problem of child poverty.
Please spread the link to the summary far and wide. Everyone needs to read it. As Q says after the link in the post...
'The Great Awakening.'
Where We Go One We Go All.
Love and Light
Attracting directors for cooperatives is getting harder the fewer there are and the bigger they get, says Farmlands chairman Lachie Johnstone as the $2 billion revenue rural services business kicks off director elections.
Three seats are up for election as two long-serving directors step down and a third, Silver Fern Farms chairman and Clutha farmer Rob Hewett by rotation seeks another term.
Leaving the top table this year are Marlborough-based Joe Ferraby, who has been a director more than 20 years, including his time on farm services company CRT which merged with Farmlands in 2013, and Bay of Plenty dairy farmer and orchardist David Jensen. . .
Wool protein could boost digestive health Esther Taunton:
Work to find new uses for wool has revealed the fibre could have digestive health benefits.
AgResearch scientists have found adding wool proteins to the diets of domestic cats improved their digestive health and could potentially do the same for people.
There is a lot of work going on to discover new uses of wool to support the sheep industry in New Zealand, said Jolon Dyer, AgResearchs science group leader for food and bio-based products.
The research is telling us that sheep wool has many useful attributes and one of those now appears to be proteins derived from the wool that could be used as a dietary supplement to improve digestion and nutrition, and therefore overall health. . . .
Charlotte Rutherford, Fonterras General Manager of Sustainable Dairying is always looking for new ways to support the Co-ops farmers in achieving their sustainability goals.
This month, Fonterra marks the one-year anniversary of TIAKI our sustainable dairying programme that helps farmers make their operations more environmentally compliant. In...
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