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Like here are elsewhere in the world pressure has been growing in the UK to allow the use of cannabis products for medicinal use. Sick children have been used to highlight the issue, and the UK government has now announced a review of drug laws. BBC: Medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed by government The 
Prior to getting into Government Labour talked up the effect of foreign buyers on the New Zealand housing market, and copped a lot of criticism for their Chinese sounding names claims. They were also accused of exaggerating the impact of foreign buyers and this has turned out to be true with foreign buyers being 
The on again, off again trade war between the US and China is escalating, with more tariff threats from both countries. Trump aims to hit China as tit-for-tat tariff war erupts A top U.S. trade adviser said China has underestimated President Trumps resolve to press ahead with tariffs, in comments that undercut the chances of 
Concerns over the use of security firm Thompson and Clark by Government departments has escalated into an SIS investigation after claims of serious misconduct at the at the Ministry for Primary Industries. RNZ: Thompson and Clark used SIS contact to seek govt contracts The Security Intelligence Service has launched an internal investigation into concerns of 
US border control has been in the spotlight more than ever, as a promised clampdown on illegal immigration from Mexico ramps up, and as threatened, children are being separated from parents and contained in cage-like structures. Being tough on immigration is popular, but being heartless with kids involved is not going down so well. As 
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451 Battle of Chalons: Flavius Aetius battled Attila the Hun. After the battle, which was inconclusive, Attila retreated, causing the Romans to interpret it as a victory.
1005 Ali az-Zahir, caliph, was born (d. 1036).
1214 The University of Oxford received its charter.
1631 The sack of Baltimore: the Irish village of Baltimore was attacked by Algerian pirates.
1652 Tarhoncu Ahmet Paa appointed grand vezir of the Ottoman Empire, served until 21 March 1653.
1685 Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth declared himself King of England at Bridgwater.
1723 Adam Ferguson, Scottish philosopher and historian, was born (d. 1816).
1756 A British garrison was imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta.
1782 The U.S. Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States.
1787 Oliver Ellsworth moved at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.
1789 Deputies of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath.
1791 King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family began the Flight to Varennes during The French Revolution.
1819 Jacques Offenbach, German-born French composer, was born (d. 1880).
1819 The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrived at Liverpool, United Kingdom the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, although most of the journey was made under sail.
North Otago tends to get a lot of blue sky cold a frost followed by sun in clear blue skies.
It is a wee bit chilly early in the morning but the sun warms us up.
Unusually weve had a run of cloud and muzzle misty drizzle when it stays cold all day.
Last night the sky cleared, we woke up to a light frost and have had a sunny day.
Everything looks brighter and it definitely feels warmer and for that Im very grateful.
The Trade Wars are well and truly afoot between the US and China, with a game of My tariffs bigger than yours. We all know Xi Jinping is a smart player (Kim is reporting to him yet again, no doubt kowtowing profusely, as I write this). But what about Trump? Is he a smart player? 
Some interesting comments from Jacinda Ardern in the weekend on what is necessary to avoid being a one term Government but talking about having a conversation and bringing people on a journey probably things that arent going to resonate with a lot of voters. Newshub: Jacinda Ardern mulls how to avoid being a one-term 
To those who in some way are in the depths of New Zealands farming world, or part of the sector in some way, and to those who might not read this because they are not farmers Im thinking of us all, writes Mischa Clouston.
This Mycoplasma bovis is colossal. It will reach far and affect many of us in some way. In a huge, indescribable way.
Im scared for my cattle owner friends; it must be such a heavy weight to carry just now, knowing you could lose so much.Im scared for fellow managers or milkers; if there are no cows, do we even have a job in the dairy and beef industries? .
Im worried for the health sector, helping support the strain and worry. But lets not forget the agribusiness owners whose business is on farms or with product or services for cattle the small business owners relying on the spending from farmers who may, in time, have little left in their own pots. . .
Water is the new gold in Otago and there is a mountain of work to bring water allocation in the area in line with the rest of the country before time runs out.
The Otago Regional Council is working to have the regions antiquated water take regime brought in line with the Resource Management Act by the October 2021 deadline.
Water rights in Central Otago and parts of the surrounding districts were first allowed as mining rights to aid in the extraction of gold in the mid 19th century. . .
How did it get so bad so soon?
Its a mess of ministers
acting like goons.
My goodness how the
mess has grewn.
How did it get so bad so soon?
With apologies to Dr Seuss, how did it get so bad so soon?
Audrey Young writes that Jacinda Ardern will forgive Winston Peters for anything, even the unforgivable.
A National MP joked this week that the Opposition didnt want things to get so bad under Jacinda Arderns maternity leave that the country was desperate for her return they just wanted a medium level of dysfunction.
That threshold was almost reached this week even before the big event, and things got worse as the week wore on.
Arderns faith in Winston Peters being able to manage the inevitable bush fires that will flare when she is away must be seriously undermined given that he and his party have caused many of them.
A series of accidental and deliberate mishaps has raised questions about a series of important issues including basic coalition management, ministerial conventions, the application of the No Surprises policy, and when a minister is not a minister. . .
Stacey Kirk calls it a three ring circus with one ringmaster at the centre .
Consensus government in action, or a bloody awful mess?
Its difficult to characterise the past week as anything but the latter and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may be worried about whether shell have a Government to come back to when she returns from maternity leave. . .
Patrick Gower wants the old Kelvin Davis back.
Patrick Gower on The AM Show. Credits: Video The AM Show; Image Newshub.
Kelvin Davis is a wounded man walking who better watch out, says Newshub national correspondent Patrick Gower.
The Corrections Minister on Wednesday announced plans for a new prison, but appeared to be unaware how many of its inmates would be double-bunk...
Donald Trump wants to establish a Space Force Im not sure who he wants to fight our there. It sounds like a rehashed Star Wars proposed by Ronald Reagan during the Cold War. BBC Trump space force: US to set up sixth military branch President Donald Trump has ordered the US military to 
Nicky Hager has recapped what his 2014 Dirty Politics book was about at Newsroom. Most controversial, the book revealed that prime minister John Key had a full-time dirty tricks person in his office researching and writing nasty attacks on opposing politicians, quietly sent through to Slater to publish as if they were his own. Slater 
"New Zealand does not really have landfill sites. It has storage sites for future recycling."
~ Eric Crampton, from his NBR article 'Waste Not, Store That'
A curious bill has been added to the Members Bill ballot by first term Labour MP Deborah Russell (she inherited the New Lynn electorate off David Cunliffe) that proposes a requirement by large companies to disclose their payment terms, as well as their payment performance in practice. Companies (Disclosure of Payment Practice and Performance) Amendment 
Nurses have rejected a half billion dollar pay offer. In response Health Minister David Clark says there is no more money available to fix nine years of underfunding in one pay round. They have been offered a 9% increase but are seeking 15% thats a huge adjustment given the low rate of inflation and 
Action Station has set up a fundraising campaign via GiveALittle to help raise money for Renae Maihi in her defence of defamation by Bob Jones. Maihi had set up a petition calling for Jones to be stripped of his knighthood after he wrote a silly Mori Gratitude Day NBR column that disparaged Mori. I thought 
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1306 The Earl of Pembrokes army defeated Bruces Scottish army at theBattle of Methven.
1566 King James I of England and VI of Scotland, was born (d. 1625).
1586 English colonists left Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establishEnglands first permanent settlement in America.
1770 Emanuel Swedenborg reported the completion of the Second Coming of Christ in his work True Christian Religion.
1807 Admiral Dmitry Senyavin destroyed the Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Athos.
1816 Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudsons Bay Company, near Winnipeg.
1821 Decisive defeat of the Philik Etairea by the Ottomans at Drgani (in Wallachia).
1834 Charles Spurgeon, English pastor and author was born (d. 1892).
1846 The first officially recorded, organized baseball match was played under Alexander Joy Cartwrights rules on Hobokens Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1. Cartwright umpired.
An amateur photographer captured the moment a tornado came tearing through North Taranaki on a day of wild weather that also brought gale-force winds, thunderstorms and hail the size of tablespoons. Geoff Christophers was driving on State Highway 3, towards New Plymouth, about 2.10pm on Monday when he saw the tornado. "I was just before the Methanex plant and it appeared to pass somewhere near. It crossed the road in front of me, perhaps half-a-kilometre away," Christophers, an employment placement manager, said. "I pulled over to the side of the road and it was a few paddocks away to the south. "It looked pretty cool," he added. "You don't see twisters every day in New Zealand."
The mainstream media is now admitting that the Walmart stores they claimed closed over plumbing problems have since been converted into detention centers. By Rachel Blevins June 16, 2018 The Free Thought Project When citizens began to ask questions about why Walmart stores were suddenly closing in in southern states in 2015, the mainstream 
The Magnitude quoted is all over the place: 5.9; 5.3; 6.1. .Thats quite a range of options! Heres some info from around the net: Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Osaka; no tsunami warning issued ARIRANG NEWS Published on Jun 17, 2018 Kiwi caught in Japan earthquake describes carnage A road in Osaka damaged by the magnitude-6.1 
Boffins want green tax on meat Neal Wallace:
A suggestion from Otago University academics that a tax on meat is needed to highlight to New Zealand consumers the environmental cost of production has been rubbished by the meat industry.
Consumer and food science researcher and PhD student Garrett Lentz said research shows many NZ consumers are unaware of the environmental impact of meat production, which could lead to high rates of consumption and accentuate the cost to the environment.
A team of researchers found retail cost and potential health benefits are the greatest motivation for reducing meat intake, with the environmental impact of production one of the weakest. . .
Mycoplasma bovis how long has it been here? Keith Woodford:
A key question for MPI and Government to address is how long has Mycoplasma bovis been in New Zealand. The answer to that question, together with MPIs capacity to upscale their operational capacity, will largely determine whether or not eradication is going to be successful.
If, as the Government now believes, Mycoplasma bovis first arrived here around December 2015 or January 2016 on the Zeestraten property in Southland, then it is reasonable to hope but not necessarily expect that the eradication program will be successful. But if it was here prior to that, then eradication becomes an increasingly long shot.
Another way of describing it is that, in the battle between Mycoplasma and MPI, it is the head-start that counts. For each year that the disease has been here, there will have been an exponential spread of the little stealth bombers. . .
Insight: The blight of Mycoplasma bovis Conan Young:
The government has entered the fight against Mycoplasma bovis all guns blazing with a promise to spend almost one billion dollars trying to eradicate the cattle disease. Whether it will succeed remains uncertain.
While a technical advisory group said eradication was technically feasible, its decision was hardly unanimous.
The group of mostly overseas experts brought together by the governmen...
The government has been quick to act on the advice of its chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman over meth testing in state houses.
Wouldnt it be good if a similar respect for science was shown for other policy?
Had they done so we wouldnt be facing a ban on off-shore exploration for oil and gas.
If they did so, we could be confident theyd agree with Nationals principles for a bipartisan approach to climate change:
If they did so, we could have confidence that they making policy changes for the good of the country and the people and not blindly following political ideology.
It would be good but its very unlikely when weve got a government that accepts science only when it suits.
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