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Saturday, 11 August

01:14

A Dental Nurse in Whangamomona Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

(Raumati identity, Sally Ashley, recently uncovered her late mothers recollections of her first job. She was posted to Whangamomona as []

00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Our farmed meat is a green food Neal Wallace:

Exporters are not shy in promoting New Zealand red meat as grass-fed and free-range but recent studies by Oxford and Otago Universities have lumped our system in with feedlots to claim the industry is environmentally degrading and unsustainable. Neal Wallace investigates the true environmental impact of grass-fed beef.

Work to differentiate the environmental footprint of New Zealands pasture-based red meat sector from feedlot systems that have a far greater impact has begun.

Beef + Lamb NZ chief insight officer Jeremy Baker said NZ grass-fed, free-range beef has been included in international studies that claim beef production is a major contributor to climate change. . . 

Fonterra fund units drop to 3-year low as investors grow dark on capital structure  Paul McBeth:

Aug. 10 (BusinessDesk) Fonterra Shareholders Fund units, which gives outside investors exposure to Fonterra Cooperative Group, fell to a three-year low after the latest dividend downgrade added to scepticism about the efficacy of the cooperatives structure.

The units dropped 2.7 percent to $4.97, adding to a 20 percent slide so far this year, and fell as low as $4.95, a level not seen since September 2015 when Fonterra was hit by a slump in global dairy prices and offered interest-free loans to its farmer shareholders to tide . . 

Fonterra announcement disappointing, definitive plan of action required:

Duncan Coull, Chairman of the Fonterra Shareholders Council, has expressed his absolute disappointment with todays Board decision to reduce the 2017/18 forecast Farmgate Milk Price by five cents to $6.70 per kg/MS in order to support the balance sheet, and the decision to retain more of the Co-ops earnings which will likely see no further dividend payment to Shareholders over the 10 cents distributed earlier in the year.

Mr Coull: I can understand the Boards rationale and that it is prudent to protect the balance sheet, but the fact that we find ourselves in this situation is unacceptable. . .

Fonterras credit rating safe but Sh...

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Friday, 10 August

23:47

New appointment to head Haumaha inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

For some reason this isnt on the Beehive media release website, but the Minister of Internal Affairs announced a new appointment of Mary Scholtens to head inquiry into the appointment of Wally Haumaha. @cjsbishop: Good to see Govt has taken our advice and appointed a highly respected independent QC for the Haumaha inquiry. Should have []

23:23

Nation: Grant Robertson on the state of the economy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Minister Robertson makes some good points around business confidence, but this isn't just international business cycle stuff business confidence well down relative to other countries. https://t.co/8V5JvMlEt7 Eric Crampton (@EricCrampton) August 10, 2018 "We would urge other business leaders to be more positive I think the business environment is good right now. So []

22:32

This is bad for free speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There have been overreactions to perceived threats or possible unsavoury speech, particularly from Massey University, but there have also been some concerning reactions. Free Speech Coalition raising funds for legal action against Massey VC The Free Speech Coalition has resolved that, contingent on raising sufficient funds, it will be issuing legal proceedings against the Vice-Chancellor []

22:08

QotD: "Plastic is not poison or pollution, it is litter." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Plastic does not poison anything. Its non-toxic.... Its litter, not pollution. Many people find it unsightly, and the solution is to educate people not to discard it into the environment and to organise, as is done on highways, to have it removed..."Plastic is not poison or pollution, it is litter."~ Canadian ecologist and Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore, quoted in the article 'The War on Plastics is Dangerously Misguided,' and from his own essay, 'Twelve Invisible Eco-Catastrophes and Threats of Doom That are Actually Fake'
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21:52

What is free speech in a New Zealand context? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There has been a lot spoken and written about free speech in New Zealand lately, sparked by the visit of Canadians Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern. Most people seemed to see them as extreme-ish agenda driven attention and money seekers,  with many people supporting their right to speak here but not agreeing with what they []

21:27

Who is Jordan Peterson? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Canadian Jordan Peterson is getting an increasing amount of attention in New Zealand. I see his name coming up more frequently, but know little about him. From a brief look he seems to be quite different to Molyneux and Southern, but Peterson still seems despised by some, particularly on the left. But he seems to []

21:07

TVNZ baby boob "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It hasnt taken long for media to breach the strict controls on coverage of Jacinda Arderns baby at Parliament. TVNZ stuffed up yesterday. Newstalk ZB: TVNZ apologise for filming Jacinda Ardern breastfeeding An apology from TVNZ after one of its cameramen filmed Jacinda Ardern feeding her daughter Neve The Prime Minister today attended the announcement []

21:00

Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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.

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience . . . that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance.  William O. Douglas.

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There is one rule for politicians all over the world: Dont say in Power what you say in opposition; if you do, you only have to carry out what the other fellows have found impossible.  John Galsworthy who was born on this day in 1867.

20:53

Need for a Space Force? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Donald Trump pledged to drain the swamp, but he has become keen on setting up a whole new branch of the US military a Space Force. It has been pointed out that what he proposes is already being covered by existing branches of the military. Is it a big waste of money? What does []

19:20

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

11 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 []

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

19:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

11 August 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

14:05

World view Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Saturday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

14:01

August 11 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

3114 BC   The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, began.

2492 BC  Traditional date of the defeat of Bel by Hayk, progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation.

480 BC  Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Artemisium  the Persians achieved a naval victory over the Greeks in an engagement fought near Artemisium.

355  Claudius Silvanus, accused of treason, proclaimed himself Roman Emperor against Constantius II.

1755  Charles Lawrence gave expulsion orders to remove the Acadians from Nova Scotia beginning the Great Upheaval.

1786  Captain Francis Light established the British colony of Penang.

1804  Francis II assumed the title of first Emperor of Austria.

1858  First ascent of the Eiger.

1892 Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet, was born  (d. 1978).

1897 Enid Blyton, English author, was born (d. 1968).

1912  Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer and academic, was born (d. 1954).

1915  Morris Weiss, American author and illustrator, was born (d. 2014).

1918 World War I:  Battle of Amiens ended.

1919 Constitution of Weimar Republic adopted.

1920  The Latvia...

11:02

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Utopia has a video on sleep: why we need it and what happens without it.

I was particularly interested in it because we got home from three weeks in Spain last Saturday and Ive had a lot of trouble getting my body and brain back in sync with the clock.

During the day I was in a sleep-deprived fog but at night I was wide awake.

But last night, I got seven hours sleep and when I woke up this morning the fog had lifted for which Im very grateful.

10:02

Council Funding Available for Events "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Major events with a distinctive Kpiti flavour The Kpiti Coast District Council is now inviting applications for the 2018 Kpiti []

08:45

Road work machinery a century ago "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Every week the Dunedin City Council post a bunch of old photos. They provide an interesting window into out past. Today the focus was on road works about a century ago. In my living memory heavy fossil fueled machinery has been almost exclusively used, but in the 1920s horse power, steam power and man power []

07:46

Plastic bag ban "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Government announced today that a single use plastic bag ban will be phased in over the next year. Im all for drastically reducing plastic bag use, and plastic use. Waste plastic is creating a lot of problems. Some large retailers are already at least working towards this, so the ban will just push some []

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Groak to silently watch someone while they are eating, hoping to be invited to join them.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Who cares about farmers? NZ needs them around Anna Campbell:

Buzzwords and trendy phrases have a wave-like cycle.

When you first hear a phrase, your ears prick up, but you dont necessarily take it in. When you next hear the phrase, you start to register its meaning and context. A few more hearings and the phrase becomes embedded perhaps you use it yourself. The end of the phrase-cycle starts when the buzzword or phrase is used so often, it loses meaning and starts to irritate.

There are some tired words and phrases that have started to irritate me recently, so I hope this means they are ending their wave, or at least I stop using them ripe for disruption and social licence to farm are two such examples. In their defence, such phrases come about because they are pithy, topical and represent something worth exploration.

Talking about buzzwords is really my way of introducing my growing irritation at the concept of farmers requiring a social licence to farm. The phrase has come about because there is a realisation in the agri-community we need to improve some of our practices and provide evidence of such changes on the back of a growing rural-urban divide (another term starting to irritate me), food scares and a requirement for transparency around food production. . . 

Canines have nose for the job Yvonne OHara:

A request from beekeepers in Canterbury led a Dunedin dog trainer to become a key element in the fight against the devastating bee disease American foulbrood.

Rene Gloor, of Rene Gloor Canine Ltd, is originally from Switzerland and has spent the past 30 years training dogs to detect many odours.

His dogs were used to detect biosecurity risks, including fruit, plants, meat, seeds, eggs and reptiles, for the Ministry of Primary Industries.

Since leaving MPI, he has set up his own business and worked in Taiwan, Korea and other Asian countries for the past eight years. . . 

Mycoplasma bovis compensation is a mixed bag with big delays and lots of angst Keith Woodford:

The complexities of Mycoplasma bovis compensation are causing much angst...

01:42

Kiwi company turns plastic waste into high-quality concrete. Recycling Solutions Are Out There..So Why Arent We Using Them? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Article from the Herald, February 2017. So here we are in 2018. One year later. Why the hell is our plastic still being dumped to landfill? Why the constant excuses from packaging companies and their recyclers that China wont take it any more? This is just one of MANY solutions waiting to be utilised: Company []

The post Kiwi company turns plastic waste into high-quality concrete. Recycling Solutions Are Out There..So Why Arent We Using Them? appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

01:37

Question of the Day: "There are plenty of reasons to dislike Jordan Peterson, but no coherent reason for the lefts obliterating and irrational hatred of Jordan Peterson. What, then, accounts for it?" "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"The young men voted for Hillary, they called home in shock when Trump won, they talked about flipping the House, and they followed Peterson to other podcaststo Sam Harris and Dave Rubin and Joe Rogan. What they were getting from these lectures and discussions, often lengthy and often on arcane subjects, was perhaps the only sustained argument against identity politics they had heard in their lives.
    "That might seem like a small thing, but its not. With identity politics off the table, it was possible to talk about all kinds of thingsreligion, philosophy, history, mythin a different way. They could have a direct experience with ideas, not one mediated by ideology. All of these young people, without quite realising it, were joining a huge group of American college students who were pursuing a parallel curriculum, right under the noses of the people who were delivering their official educations...
    "This book was putting words to deeply held feelings that many of them had not been able to express before...
    "There are plenty of reasons for individual readers to dislike Jordan Peterson ... many legitimate reasons to disagree with him on a number of subjects, and many people of good will do. But there is no coherent reason for the lefts obliterating and irrational hatred of Jordan Peterson. What, then, accounts for it?
    "It is because the left, while it currently seems ascendant in our houses of culture and art, has in fact entered its decadent late phase, and it is deeply vulnerable. The left is afraid not of Peterson, but of the ideas he promotes, which are completely inconsistent with identity politics of any kind....
    "All across the [US], there are people as repelled by the current White House as they are by the countless and increasingly baroque expressions of identity politics that dominate so much of the culture. These are people who arent looking for an ideology; they are looking for ideas. And many of them are getting much better at discerning the good from the bad."

~ From the Atlantic article 'Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson'
[Hat tip Stephen Hicks]
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00:00

Fonterra drops milk price "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fonterra has announced a 5 cent drop in the forecast farmgate milk price for the 2017/18 season:

The Co-operative is reducing last seasons 2017/18 forecast Farmgate Milk Price to $6.70 per kgMS from $6.75 per kgMS. The previously announced 25-30 cents guidance range has been held but the Co-operative is indicating that it will be at or slightly below this range and it is likely that the full year dividend will be just the 10 cents already paid in April.

Chairman John Monaghan said the Board has made these decisions in the best long-term interests of its farmer shareholders and unitholders.

It is important for our Co-operative to have a strong balance sheet and, as we indicated in May, the higher milk price, which is good for our farmers, has put pressure on Fonterras earnings, and therefore our balance sheet in a year which was already challenging due to the payment to Danone and the impairment of the Co-operatives Beingmate investment.

You never want to have to reduce the Milk Price at the seasons end, but it is the right thing to do and $6.70 remains a strong milk price.

Maintaining a strong balance sheet has helped us to support farmers during tough seasons through our Co-operative Support Loan and being able to bring forward the Advance Rate Schedule and get money to farmers earlier in the season.

We need to do everything within our control to keep these options on the table for when farmers need them. This means keeping our balance sheet strong.

Mr Monaghan said he wanted to be upfront with farmers and unitholders that to achieve this the Board has taken the step to depart from the amount calculated under the Farmgate Milk Price Manual. This is permitted within Fonterras Constitution.

During the process of closing our books for the financial year end, the need for these actions has become clear. Our forecast performance is not where we expected it would be. While the numbers are not finalised, our margins were less than we forecasted right across our global Ingredients and Consumer and Foodservice businesses.

The Co-operatives full year results will be announced on 13 September 2018.

This is disappointing but not unexpected.

Its also a reminder that the forecast milk price can change and that budgets sho...

Thursday, 09 August

23:52

QotD: "The reason free speech is important is because the alternative is the use of force." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"The reason free speech is important is because the alternative is the use of force."
~ Kiwiwit.

23:33

Jobs scheme: just another episode in a long-running saga "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hold on to your hats. Another new scheme has just been announced by the Labour government:

Mana in Mahi - Strength in Work will pay a wage subsidy to employers willing to hire a person receiving a main income support benefit, and offer that person an industry training qualification.
I'm underwhelmed.

This latest 'initiative' by Labour, specifically Andrew Little, is a big yawn. The country has' been there, done that' so many times before. Think 'Compass',  'Community Wage' and 'Jobs Jolt' operating respectively at the middle, end of the nineties and mid-2000s.

In fact we are doing it right now. It's called Flexi-wage subsidy:
If you're interested in hiring one of our candidates, but they need support to gain the required skills for the job, we may be able to help with a subsidy for things like training or mentoring.
Get Jacinda, stealing the limelight yet again,  in the fluro vest no less,  making another grand gesture to her demographic.

You can fool some of the people some of the time....




23:00

In fiscal hole and still digging "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Economist Cameron Bagrie has found a hole in the fiscal bucket:

Steven Joyce is going to be proved right. There is a fiscal hole and a softening economy is making it wider.

I dont like the term fiscal hole. Good policy should dominate over strict debt targets and economic cycles come and go which are often beyond government control.

But the Labour-led Governments fiscal hole is looking deeper by the day and bigger than the $11.7 billion of additional borrowing that Joyce identified. . .

Growth is weaker, the Government is already borrowing creatively to the tune of $6.4 billion via Crown entities (keeping it out of core government net debt metrics) and spending demands are headed one way.

That combination will pressure its fiscal position.  . .

The lack of money left in the kitty post the 2018-Budget raised issues of credibility, but the fiscal parameters were technically achievable.

It wasnt going to be easy, but it was possible, so the Government was given the benefit of the doubt.

Giving them the benefit of the doubt was a mistake given their record, policies and the knowledge that coalition partners would add to costs.

But the picture is changing and the Governments ambitions are looking more and more like pipe dreams.

So, what has changed?

Budget spending and investment demands needed funding, whilst at the same time sticking to the narrative of hitting debt objectives and being fiscally responsible.

The result was crown entities borrowing an additional $6.4 billion between 2017 and 2022.

That is an accounting fudge to get it out of the core Government debt figures.

Just because we cant see it doesnt mean its not there.

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22:47

11 Surreal Scenes Showing Fires Are Unleashing Hell on Earth in California "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

california fires(ANTIMEDIA)  Wildfires in California are burning hundreds of thousands of acres as tens of thousands of firefighters, some who have traveled from as far as Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand work to contain the blazes. Even prisoners have been enlisted to fight the fires (at a rate of $1 per hour plus $2 per day). Though much of the []

22:33

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: What Price Free Speech? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

That a university would ban a speaker such as Brash, a former Reserve Bank governor and Opposition leader, is []

22:00

Trading halt unlikely to be for +ve reasons "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fonterra placed a trading halt on its units yesterday.

Fonterra placed a trading halt on its units on the NZX yesterday as it works through reviewing its earnings guidance.

It expects to update the market by the end of trading today.

Fonterra Shareholder Fund units last traded at $5.11, down more than 18% from a year ago, having started the year at $6.66 in January.

In a brief notice to the NZX yesterday, Fonterra said it was preparing its annual financial statements for the financial year ended July.

As a result of the work being undertaken there may be a variation from the earnings guidance previously given to the market, the company said.

The funds units are open to the public and also farmer suppliers. . .

This is very unlikely to be for positive reasons.

The grapevine thinks this might result in a cut to the forecast dividend rather than the farmgate milk price, but that might be wishful thinking.

 

21:57

Cycleways, and more interference from Wellington "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Motorists have reported waits of up to 15 minutes at a Dunedin intersection as cycleway construction means traffic lights are being run from Wellington. https://t.co/cbOvNVqHIr ODT Online (@odtnews) August 9, 2018 What? I have no idea why traffic lights are being controlled from Wellington. Dunedin mayor Dave Cull, who also heads Local Government New []

21:47

Haumaha mess up-murks "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Controversy over the appointment of Wally Hauhama as deputy police commissioner has up-murked even more. NZH: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugely frustrated with drip feed of information after promotion of Wally Haumaha Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is hugely frustrated information which should have been considered before Wally Haumaha was promoted to deputy police commissioner is []

21:26

The Streisand-Brash debate free speech and protest allowed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There was a debate on free speech in Auckland last night, and of course most of the attention was on Don Brash and a few people protesting against him. I didnt watch the debate, I had more important things to do, but it was covered by some in comments here: Brash up-platformed in university debate tonight []

21:13

Its basically human rights day! as Greens support waka jumping bill "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On Wednesday Green MP Golriz Ghahraman claimed Its been a GREAT day in the Houseits basically human rights day! on a day that Greens failed to put one MP up to speak on Winston Peters waka jumping bill that had raised concerns of a chilling effect from New Zealands Chief Human Rights Commissioner. Its []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We are living in a time of trouble and bewilderment, in a time when none of us can foresee or foretell the future. But surely it is in times like these, when so much that we cherish is threatened or in jeopardy, that we are impelled all the more to strengthen our inner resources, to turn to the things that have no news value because they will be the same to-morrow that they were to-day and yesterday the things that last, the things that the wisest, the most farseeing of our race and kind have been inspired to utter in forms that can inspire ourselves in turn.   Laurence Binyon who was born on this day in 1869.

20:41

More questions asked of Golriz Ghahraman claims "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An Australian accredited specialist in immigration law who claims to have been working in refugee law since 1990 has raised some serious questions about Green MP Golriz Ghahraman. Ms Ghahraman is not a refugee or a child asylum seeker. Her claims of war and persecution do not stand up to scrutiny.  Her claim to be []

19:20

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

10 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 []

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

19:10

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

10 August 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

18:37

A new campaign against fluoride "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A nationwide campaign has been launched to oppose the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill, currently before Parliament.

Rethink Fluoride brings together those who oppose the fluoridation of drinking water, man of whom made submissions to the Health Select Committee considering the Bill.

Retired dentists Dr Lawrie Brett and Dr John Jukes said that the vast majority of public submissions opposed the Bill, and are heading the campaign. They said international peer-reviewed research had shown fluoridation to be unsafe and ineffective, which was why it was not endorsed by the majority of international health authorities.

The fluoridation of Drinking Water Bill, introduced by the previous government, sought to shift decision-making from local councils to district health boards, under the direction (or at least heavy influence) of the Ministry of Health, with no public input into decisions. Former Health Minister Annette King acknowledged that as effectively mandatory fluoridation by proxy in her speech at the Bills first reading. Drs Brett and Jukes said.

The coalition behind Rethink Fluoride also claimed that, if the Bill became law, New Zealand would become one of only three countries in the world with mandatory fluoridation without addressing the larger issues arising from fluoridation.

Fluoride Free NZ has lent its support to the campaign, and provided seed funding.

Rethink Fluorides objective is to encourage Parliament not to proceed with the Bill, and to take a fresh look at the fluoridation issue, especially important given a growing body of evidence pointing t harm from fluoride even at levels that had previously been believed to be safe.

The campaign will use social media, pubic relations and networking to raise awareness about fluoridation and to promote debate.

New Zealand is one of a tiny minority of countries that fluoridate drinking water, as a result of ties with the USA, Drs Brett and Jukes said.

Less than five per cent of the worlds population is fluoridated, with more and more cities stopping every year. Unfortunately, New Zealand, as this legislation demonstrates, is apparently intent on travelling in the opposite direction.

We believe that, were New Zealanders better aware of the facts about fluoridation, our parliamentarians would be less inclined against the fluoridation of our drinking water.

In 2014 The Lancet had classified fluoride as a neurotoxin, while 52 of 59 studies that looked at fluoride exposure and effects on brain function found tht damage included lowering of IQ, behavioural deficits, nervous disorders and memory disruption...

14:05

World view Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Thursday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

14:01

August 10 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

955 Battle of Lechfeld: Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor defeated the Magyars, ending 50 years of Magyar invasion of the West.

991 Battle of Maldon: English, led by Bryhtnoth, Duke of Essex, were defeated by a band of inland-raiding Vikings.

1270 Yekuno Amlak took the imperial throne of Ethiopia, restoring the Solomonic dynasty to power after a 100-year interregnum.

1316  Second Battle of Athenry.

1519 Ferdinand Magellans five ships set sail from Seville to circumnavigate the globe.

1557 Battle of St. Quentin: Spanish victory over the French in the Habsburg-Valois Wars.

1628 The Swedish warship Vasa sank in the Stockholm harbour after only about 20 minutes on her maiden voyage.

1675 The foundation stone of the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London was laid.

1680 The Pueblo Revolt began in New Mexico.

1792 French Revolution: Storming of the Tuileries PalaceLouis XVI was arrested.

1809 Quito declared independence from Spain.

1829 First ascent of Finsteraarhorn, the highest summit of the Bernese Alps.

1840 HMS Britomart arrived at Akaroa, on Banks Peninsula, a week before a shipload of French colonists landed. The ships captain raised the Union Jack to confirm British sovereignty over the area.

British assert sovereignty as French head for Akaroa

1846 The...

10:50

'Woke' "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What is this word now oft repeated to mean something of which I am unaware.  I could google it but some responses from people 'like me' (indulge me) would indicate that they at least get it, and I'm off the pace.

10:30

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

My mother was born 99 years ago today.

She was the oldest of eight children in a family poor in material terms but rich in love.

She trained as a nurse and was a tutor sister when she married. As was the norm then,  she gave up her career to keep house, raise a family and support her friends and community.

Her first name meant bitter, her second meant sweet. In spite of challenges which might have provoked bitterness, that wasnt in her nature but sweetness certainly was.

Its 17 years since she died but her example, her influence and her love still guide me and Im very grateful for that.

 

 

09:00

A Bronze-Age Sword Found In Denmark Is Still Sharp 3,000 Years Later "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"




This sword is literally from the time of the Iliad and the Trojan War.  Its mere existence proves a robust Bronze Age heroic culture.  Recall that work by the writer DaVinci  showed that the whole Trojan narrative is properly located in the Baltic right down to identifying all the listed towns in the proper order.
It all happened one generation before the climate collapse of 1159 BC drove all out of the Baltic population overland to Greece and by sea as the Sea Peoples to then grab Greece and the Levant.
Otherwise the sword is wonderful.  It represents great smithing skill and the fact it is intact is extraordinary.  Love to see if the copper in from Lake Superior..

A Bronze-Age Sword Found In Denmark Is Still Sharp 3,000 Years Later

By Kara Goldfarb

Published July 16, 2018

http://allthatsinteresting.com/denmark-bronze-age-sword

This ancient sword found on an island in Denmark is incredibly well-preserved despite being over 3,000 years old.

Sren Kiehn/Museum VestsjllandMuseum inspector Arne Hedegaard Andersen holds the discovery.

Two locals from Zealand, the largest island of Denmark, decided to take an evening stroll through a field in the small western town of Svebolle. The choice to take their metal detector along with them was a fortuitous one, as it would help them uncover a major find.

After the machine alerted Ernst Christiansen and Lis Therkelsen to something below ground, the two amateur archaeologists started digging.

Some 30 centimeters down, they hit what looked like the end of a sword. Christiansen and Therkelsen contacted Museum Vestsjlland a group of 11 local museums that cover the archaeological excavation and conservation of regions in the a...

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bellicosity warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; valorous, given to fighting; demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight.

Hat tip Rob Hosking:

05:25

Te Ati Awa / NZTA Te Reo Slip-Up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An official language By Roger Childs This happened in 1987 with the passing of the Maori Language Act. To encourage []

05:23

Keep left, obey speech limit "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nominating Garrick Tremain for Cartoonist of the Year on the strength of this:

You can see more of his cartoons here.

 

 

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Long-serving dairy scientist Harjinder Singh gains international recognition George Heagney:

After 30 years of research in the dairy industry, a distinguished service award was well deserved for Harjinder Singh.

The Massey University distinguished professor has won a lot of awards for his work, but last month became the first New Zealander to win the American Dairy Science Association distinguished service award at Knoxville in the United States.

The gong, which Singh joked was a lifetime achievement award, was for outstanding contribution to dairy science and work improving the industry. 

Singh, 60, is a food scientist and major figure in the development of dairy science research, having started working at Massey in 1989. . .

TDC hopes Provincial Growth Fund will plug $18m hole in Waimea dam plan Cherie Sivignon:

Tasman District Council has applied to the Governments Provincial Growth Fund to plug an $18 million hole in funding for the proposed Waimea dam, undaunted by an apparent exclusion for water and irrigation projects.

A guide to the fund called Powering Up Aotearoa-New Zealands Regions is available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.

On page 5 of that guide under the headline Fund exclusions, it says: The following are not eligible for PGF [the Provincial Growth Fund] as they are funded by other means:
* Housing (unless it is a core part of a broader project and would not otherwise be required)
* Water and large-scale irrigation
* Social infrastructure (such as hospitals and schools) . .

Four does go into one Sonita Chandar:

Teamwork is the secret to success for the Southland farm judged the best dairy business in the land. Sonita Chandar reports.

Despite three of the four partners living in the North Island the success of a Southland farming business can be attributed to exceptional teamwork and good clear lines of communication.

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00:54

Fake News On Black Watch Beetles? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Getting it Right and Black Watch Beetles are a case in point. Kapiti writer Jim Webber says its a []

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