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"The world has so much debt that the cracks could happen anywhere... If debt were a drug, we would outlaw it. But we also know that people get hooked on illegal drugs all the time... [So we have too much] debt and (not much) deleveraging."~ John Mauldin, who says the Debt Clock is Ticking
"Any economist can paint a rosy picture by, for example, showing rising GDP. If you object that debt is rising with GDP, the economist switches to a chart of debt/GDP. He will tell you that the solution is to grow GDP with the right fiscal and regulatory policies.
"However, we can look at how much additional GDP is added for each newly-borrowed dollar. This is called marginal productivity of debt. This [below] shows a clear picture, a secular decline over many decades... this is a long-term falling trend."
~ Keith Weiner on the Falling Productivity of Debt
While Andrew Little has taken a hit after his back down on repealing the 3 strikes legislation, Winston Peters will be feeling quite happy with himself and many NZ First supporters and potential voters will also be happy. But Arderns leadership of Government has also taken a hit. Peters has played Little and won 
The official due date for Jacinda Arderns baby is this weekend, June 17. Anyone who has been a parent will know that given dates are just a rough stab my experience includes three 10-14 day overdue babies. Ardern has wisely chosen not to fly around the country any more, and will base herself in 
Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it. Harriet Martineau who was born on this day in 1802.
A woman has had her benefit cut for the second time Work and Income have admitted another blunder. RNZ in April: Woman told her benefit was cut because of Tinder dates The Ministry for Social Development has apologised to a woman who was told her benefit was stopped because she had been on two 
The US has announced sanctions on three Russian individuals and five companies, who have been cited as malicious actors working at the behest of the Russian Federation and its military and intelligence units to increase Russias offensive cyber capabilities against the US and its allies which could include New Zealand. Reuters: U.S. sanctions Russians 
The preliminaries continue leading up to todays historic summit between Kim Yong-un and Donald Trump in Singapore. US Secretary of State Mile Pompeo continues to spin a hard line. .@SecPompeo: "The ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with #NorthKorea has not changed. The complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is the only 
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1381 Peasants Revolt: in England, rebels arrived at Blackheath.
1560 Battle of Okehazama: Oda Nobunaga defeated Imagawa Yoshimoto.
1653 First Anglo-Dutch War: the Battle of the Gabbard began.
1665 England installed a municipal government in New York City.
1775 American Revolution: British general Thomas Gage declared martial law in Massachusetts. The British offer a pardon to all colonists who lay down their arms with two exceptions: Samuel Adams and John Hancock, if captured, were to be hanged.
1776 The Virginia Declaration of Rights was adopted.
1798 Irish Rebellion of 1798: Battle of Ballynahinch.
1802 Harriet Martineau, journalist, political economist, abolitionist and feminist, was born (d. 1876).
I grew up in Northern England and I can assure readers that this is not prime earthquake country! Whats going on here? https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/972105/UK-earthquake-hull-grimsy-lincolnshire-tremor-earthquake-in-UK-last-night https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/09/earthquake-felt-across-northern-england-residents-describe-underground/ https://earthquakes.bgs.ac.uk/earthquakes/recent_uk_events.html Could this be fracking related perhaps? Or is the underground rumble something other than a regular seismic event. Certainly very noteworthy. 2018/06/09 22:14:29.0 53.650 -0.056 29 Depth 3.9 Mag. 4 
His son wanted a reading for his fathers funeral.
The father was a farmer and I found one the whole family agreed was just right.
It was Shut the Gate by Norm Murray, from his book Exit Lines.
Norm has been a funeral director and celebrant for more than 20 years, the book is a collection of his original verse based on the lives of ordinary people.
Tonight Im grateful for the words that allowed a son to farewell his father so appropriately.
Prime Minister Jacinda has said it is an absolute given no announcements should be made by Ministers before Cabinet discussion except when it is normal decision making process. After Andrew Little had to scrap his plans to scrap the 3 strikes legislation when it became obvious NZ First wouldnt support it, Prime Minister Jacinda 
Winston Peters has filed new papers over the alleged leak of his superannuation overpayments, seeking $450,000. He has dropped journalists Tim Murphy and Lloyd Burr from the action, as well as Bill English, Steven Joyce, former PM chief of staff Wayne Eagleson, National Party staffer Clark Hennessey and former Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley. 
Andrew Little had to retract his promise to repeal the 3 strikes legislation today. He conceded that he wouldnt have the support of NZ First so didnt have the numbers. Making a premature announcement like this is quite a balls up. Three Strikes repeal not going to Cabinet A proposal to repeal Three Strikes is 
Good farm practice plan launched Richard Rennie:
A plan to put the entire primary sector on the same environmental page might set the scene for a wider industry plan encompassing greenhouse gas emissions, animal welfare, labour rights and sustainability.
A high-profile collective including DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ, regional councils, Horticulture NZ and Irrigation NZ and the Environment and Primary Industries Ministries this week oversaw the launch of the Good Farming Practice Action Plan. . .
Wiping out Mycoplasma bovis is a shot worth taking Andrew McGiven:
So, its been nearly two weeks now since the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced the decision to continue to pursue Mycoplasma bovis eradication.
This decision was greeted with some relief by many farmers as it gave us all some clarity and reduced some of the Chinese whispers happening around the regions.
But there are plenty of farmers who are confused by this verdict and what the potential consequences may be for the...
This isnt a good look:
Finance Minister Grant Robertson gave a post-Budget speech at a $600-a-head Labour fundraiser at the exclusive Wellington Club, drawing comparisons to the previous National Governments Cabinet club scandal.
According to several attendees, about 40 people, including party supporters, business figures and corporate lobbyists, attended the dinner hosted by Labour president Nigel Haworth on Wednesday, at which Robertson was the key attraction.
A similar dinner is due to be hosted at the even more exclusive Northern Club in Auckland on Thursday night.
National leader Simon Bridges has accused the Government of hypocrisy, after Labour once described Nationals events, which appear similar to the one attended by Robertson, as cash-for-access.
The concern is that wealthy figures are able to gain access and insight that is not available to the general public.
I dont think access and insight are problems, as long as the general public also has reasonable opportunities to meet, hear from and question Ministers at no cost.
If we dont want public funding of political parties and I definitely dont then parties have to raise funds and these sorts of functions are good ways to do it.
It might be dancing on the head of a pin but the invitation should be clear that the speakers arent there as Ministers.
Ive hosted National fundraisers where guests meet, hear from and talk to party spokespeople. The two-way communication gives value for MPs and those there to meet them.
So its not that Robertson was the key attraction thats the problem, its that the invitation said he was there as Finance Minister and that Labour and Robertson in particular criticised National for running similar events.
Now less than a year into government, Labour are displaying gross hypocrisy by doing it themselves and not distinguishing between the role of minister and MP or party spokesperson.
The h-word is never a good look, especially when its on display at some of the countrys most exclusive venues.
New MP Dan Bidois has a lot to learn now he has won the Northcote by-election. He will have that chance on the National back bench for at least two years. Simon Bridges says he will give Bidois some minor responsibilities his biggest task initially will be coming to grips with being an electorate 
Michael Wood won the Mt Roskill by-election in 2016 after Phil Goff resigned so he could take over as mayor of Auckland. He has tweeted his thoughts on the Northcote by-election (@michaelwoodnz): What can we say the morning after the Northcote by-election? The first is to congratulate new MP @dan_bidois. He seems like a nice 
Trump's G7 U-turn destroys trust, Europe must stick together: Germany's Maas https://t.co/exXcWBp8OT pic.twitter.com/POcLjwHeqR Reuters Top News (@Reuters) June 10, 2018 President @realDonaldTrump slams Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau on Twitter. https://t.co/fxgY5mfAY1 pic.twitter.com/9PLGmMPIMZ Fox News (@FoxNews) June 10, 2018 Reuters: U.S.-Canada spat escalates, Europeans criticize Trumps G7 move The United States and Canada swung sharply toward 
Kim Yong Un and Donald trump have both arrived in Singapore ahead of their meeting scheduled for tomorrow. Theres a lot of interest, not surprisingly, but theirs also a lot of conjecture and speculation, which all seems a bit pointless until the meeting takes place and something comes out of it. And then the meeting 
Max Harris writes about Racism and White Defensiveness in Aotearoa: A Pkeh Perspective More accurately that should be one Pkehs perspective. I want to talk about an aspect of whiteness in Aotearoa New Zealand. And when I say whiteness, Im not just talking about skin colour. Im talking about the power, privilege, and patterns of 
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In 2014, Julia Rucklidgewho together with Bonnie Kaplan has blogged on Mad in America about their research on micronutrientsgave a talk at a TEDx event in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her presentation, which was titled The Surprisingly Dramatic Role of Nutrition in Mental Health, discussed the scientific evidence regarding micronutrients as a factor in mental health and their possible use as a treatment for ADHD and other psychiatric conditions.
As her MIA bio notes, Rucklidge is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and clinical psychology (University of Calgary). All told, Rucklidge and her team at Canterbury University have published over 20 papers in medical journals related to the efficacy of nutrients for mental health problems.
Her TED talk proved to be quite popular. It has been viewed over 900,000 times, received more than 14,000 likes, and over 1,100 comments.
Howeverand this came out of the blueTED recently flagged Dr. Rucklidges talk with the following message:
NOTE FROM TED: Weve flagged this talk, which was filmed at a TEDx event, because it appears to fall outside TEDxs curatorial guidelines. There is limited evidence to support the claims made by this speaker. Please do not look to this talk for medical advice.
The curatorial guideline that seems to be at issue here is Guideline 4, Only Good Science, which states:
Science is a big part of the TED universe, and its important that TEDx organizers sustain our reputation as a credible forum for sharing ideas that matter. Its not always easy to distinguish between real science and pseudoscience, and purveyors of false wisdom typically share their theories with as much sincerity and earnestness as legitimate researchers. Indeed, the more willing a speaker is to abandon scientific underpinning, the easier it is for them to make attention-grabbing claims. So beware being seduced by wow. We want talks to be interesting. But before that, they must be credible. Here are some things to look for and to avoid.
Claims made using scientific language should:.....
1184 BC Trojan War: Troy was sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes.
631 Emperor Taizong of Tang, the Emperor of China, sent envoys to theXueyantuo bearing gold and silk in order to seek the release of enslaved Chinese prisoners captured during the transition from Sui to Tang from the northern frontier; 80,000 Chinese men and women were returned to China.
758 Abbasid Arabs and Uyghur Turks arrived simultaneously at Changan, the Tang Chinese capital, in order to offer tribute to the imperial court. They quarrelled over diplomatic prominence at the gate and a settlement was reached when both are allowed to enter at the same time, but through two different gates to the palace.
1345 The megas doux Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of the Byzantine Empire, was lynched by political prisoners.
1429 Hundred Years War: The start of the Battle of Jargeau.
1594 Philip II recognised the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paved way to the creation of thePrincipala (i.e., elite ruling class of native nobility in Spanish Philippines).
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We all know the dangers of artificial sweeteners. You dont? Check out one our most popular articles HERE But wait, theres hope in the form of Stevia, a natural plant extract that tastes like real sugar with none of the health risks. Alas, all is not well in paradise as this communication from SumOfUs explains: 
Everyone knows about the billionaires buying up rural land in New Zealand. Theyre not the only ones. CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) is getting in on the act too. Obviously, I expect to receive many nothing-to-see-here emails, but CERN is very strange. Also, I wish Bruce Cathie was still alive. Via: Stuff: The 
I found my way to on old TV play by Hone Tuwhare from 1989, an interesting look at some Mori (and New Zealand) history and culture. A teenage boy (Lance Wharewaka) should be at school, but instead learns about the bush and the old days from his ailing grand uncle (Bill Tawhai). The friendship prepares 
I wish for you a life where your blood sings with the voice of an eager wild thing. With a voice that says I am here & in this short time, this is the song I sing because I can. Wild Song 2018 Brian Andreas posted with permission.
You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.
If ever you want a damning example of why unconditional welfare benefits are a bad idea:
This fictional Gang Family Example reflects the Gang Intelligence Centre's research into real gang-related families.
Ruby is in her early 70s. She has had nine children from two relationships. She has been a long-term beneficiary, and is currently the caregiver of several young children who are her family members.
She is currently partnered to a gang member.
All of Ruby's 9 children have been beneficiaries. Eight are currently on a benefit, and one is now in employment.
All five of Ruby's daughters have been victims of family violence. One is also a family violence offender. Two of Ruby's sons are family violence offenders.
Five of Ruby's adult children have been in prison and/or on probation.
Two of her daughters are partnered to gang members and one son is a gang member.
Terry Copeland says he is looking forward to his new challenge.
The New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF) chief executive is set to take over as Federated Farmers new boss next month and admits dealing with the ongoing impact of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak will be a baptism of fire.
Ive got a real passion for wellness and mental health and I plan to bring that to my new role.
Through the fallout from Mycoplasma bovis there will be a lot of communities in severe crisis, so making sure communities are supported will be hugely important . .
Waitotara Valley farmer Roger Pearce aims for more diversity Laurel Stowell:
A farmer way up the Waittara Valley plans to get carbon credits from his poplars and is planting mnuka and using cattle to open up the ground for regenerating native bush.
Diversifying appeals to Roger Pearce, who has been farming in Makakaho Rd for four years. His land is becoming a patchwork of bush, closely planted poplars, mnuka, pasture and green feed crops.
I like the idea, and the overall picture, where its going for the long term not just intensively farming livestock, he said . .
Farmers are being warned the meat industry they could go the same way as the wool industry if they ignore the threat of synthetic proteins.
The warning comes in the Hawkes Bay Farming Benchmarking Review by accounting and advisory firm Crowe Horwath which saids repeated failure of the wool industry to respond to the threat of synthetic fibres was a clear and serious warning of potential problems in the red-meat sector. . .
Fonterras performance since formation in 2001,...
This was first written for what I thought at the time was World Book Day.
Turns out 23 April used to be World Book Day. It isnt any more. Its now earlier in the year. Forget when. The brains a bit foggy right now, for boring medical reasons I wont trouble anyone with.
But heres a little something I put together earlier, for the World Book Day that turns out to be Not World Book Day.
Something strange began to happen. I felt as if I was in on the inside of the book, a spotlight trained on something deep inside me.
That comment is from author Picot Ayer and is quoted in David Lodges Lives in Writing and it reminds me of what it was like discovering books as a kid.
Getting totally submerged, at a level of depth it was difficult to surface from. There were a couple of times at school, early in the afternoon, the teacher would notice I was missing & despatch a classmate to the library as I wouldnt have heard the bell.
I seldom get that feeling these days. The ability to completely immerse yourself in something, to the exclusion of what is going on around you, is a gift of childhood we lose as we get older, if only for the necessary reason that as we get older there are too many things to juggle in the mind.
By the time you become a parent, it is or should be, if youre doing your duty almost impossible. If youre fortunate and organised, you might be able to fence off some times for that kind of happy, oblivious focus.
Ahead of her baby break, Prime Minister @jacindaardern talks to @CorinDann about her Government's first 8 months in office and the handover of power to her deputy @winstonpeters 9am TVNZ1 pic.twitter.com/SnWeFP3mTU Q+A (@NZQandA) June 9, 2018 Ardern says they will be the transformative government they promised. Its mostly a fairly general discussion with little 
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