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Im increasingly suspicious of claims that we are in a deregulatory environment...Look for the US to continue taking regulatory steps to close itself off from the rest of the world." #QotD "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"
"One often hears about the Trump administrations deregulation push. But how real is it? Is the number of regulations rising or falling? One Mercatus Center study found that growth in federal regulations slowed during 2017 ...
"Slower growth is a good thing, but it doesnt represent 'deregulation.'
"There are many areas where regulation is still increasing [especially] ... foreign investment, immigration paperwork and mail delivery. Three very different types of regulation, with one thing in common. The US government seems increasingly suspicious of the rest of the world. Look for the US to continue taking regulatory steps to close itself off from the rest of the world. I expect [the US] to remain much more open than places like Cuba and North Korea, but less so than places like Canada and Australia.
"Meanwhile, Im increasingly suspicious of claims that we are in a deregulatory environment..."
~ Scott Sumner, from his post 'Regulation Watch' [Emphasis mine].
"[There may be] an implicit recognition by all parties ... that, although each may have preferences over the others' behaviour, any attempt to impose one person's preferences on the behaviour of another must be predicted to set off reciprocal attempt to have one's own behaviour constrained in a like fashion. An attitude of 'live and let live, ' or mutual tolerance and mutual respect, may be better for all of us, despite the occasional deviance from ordinary standards of common decency.
Such an attitude would seem to be that of anyone who claimed to hold to democratic and individualistic values, in which each person's preferences are held to account equally with those of others. By contrast, the genuine elitist, who somehow thinks that his or her own preferences are superior to, better than, or more correct than those of others, will, of course, try to control the behaviour of everyone else, while holding fast to his or her own liberty to do as he or she pleases.
~ James Buchanan, from his essay on 'Politics & Meddlesome Preferences'
We call our city Christchurch. The Elites call it Gateway. Gateway to what? Lets find out! By Martin Harris This blog continues from: https://uncensored.co.nz/2018/12/03/containers-blood-adrenochrome-and-el-ite-posession/ Even before the devastating earthquakes that changed my home city forever, there were hints of something strange afoot. A local council obsession with Atlantean themed construction projects; a strange edifice fronting our 
Had it gone ahead, the strike for three days from next Friday would have disrupted flights for tens of thousands of travellers and a lot of freight.
The threat was enough to cause considerable angst to a lot of people and did the workers cause no good.
Any sympathy people might have had for their claims was more than outweighed by the stress and distress over the fears that planned travel for weddings, graduations, reunions, homecomings, work and Christmas was going to be impossible.
Unions do themselves and their workers no favours with these sorts of threats which take those of us old enough to remember back to the bad old days when strikes routinely upset travel plans.
The government must accept part of the blame too, as Barry Soper writes:
If politics is about perception, the perception is that the countrys going to hell in a trade union hand basket.
Parliaments bear pit was on fire yesterday with the booming Gerry Brownlee lambasting the Government for returning New Zealand to cloth cap control by the unions with Air New Zealand engineers threatening to down tools for three days from December 21 (the strike threat was removed late last night).
National riled the Government saying there are now more strikes than there have been since Jacinda Ardern was at primary school. . .
Its true when Ardern was at primary school 30 years ago the trade union movement was all powerful and battling a government that made the recent changes to workplace law look like a Sunday school picnic.. .
Now the muscle is again being flexed and if Labours feeling flustered, its got itself to blame.
Changes to the way the party selected its leader was taken away from its MPs six years ago and handed over to the partys membership and its trade union affiliates who have 20 per cent of the vote, with caucus getting 40 and the rest going to paid-up card carriers. . .
Air New Zealand strikes planned for three days before Christmas have been called off. This will be a relief for the many people who would have been affected. Air New Zealand strike notice liftedhttps://t.co/9YzWFozOOm pic.twitter.com/vno9rYRsn7 Newstalk ZB (@NewstalkZB) December 12, 2018 I presume some sort of agreement or compromise has been made between the 
Michael Cohen, ex fixer lawyer for Donald Trump, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison in the United States for paying hush money to silence women during the 2016 election campaign. RNZ: Donald Trump ex-lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years prison He was jailed for his role in the payment of hush money 
Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes has accepted a the petition, Hughes said that the private sale of fireworks was dangerous. Today I accepted an 18,000-strong petition to stop the private sale of fireworks. I enjoy fireworks and support modernising our rules to make sure they are used safely and responsibly. pic.twitter.com/Zs1rZVrUYV Gareth 
The Arctic is experiencing a period of unparalleled warmth that is unlike any period on record, according to the 2018 Arctic Report Card from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States Department of Commerce). According to the report human-caused climate change is transforming the Arctic, both physically through the reduction of sea ice, and 
The Opposition have been pressuring Iain Lees-Galloway and Jacinda Ardern on the Karel Sroubek deportation issue for over a month. National have obviously been trying to connect Ardern to the original decision by Lees-Galloway not to deport Sroubek after he completed his current prison sentence. Today in Parliament, and immediately afterwards, some dots were joined. 
13 December 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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When you are an illegitimate regime, you have a problem; and that is fear of your own people.
While the less-than-peaceful rise of communist China and its dream of reshaping the world order have alarmed the world in recent years, a grassroots movement has taken shape that could peacefully disintegrate the Chinese Communist Party, say human-rights experts. Yet this movement has gone unnoticed by many.
By Jennifer Zeng
December 11, 2018
Now the number of Chinese people who have published declarations with the Tuidang (meaning Quit the Party) movementand thus have renounced all association with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizationshas topped 321 million. Last week, the Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party brought together a panel of experts and human rights activists to discuss what the Tuidang movement means to China and the world.
Averting World War III
Trevor Loudon, a New Zealand expert on socialism and contributor to The Epoch Times, spoke to the Dec. 4 forum on Capitol Hill via telephone, saying that out of all the beautiful movements of the world right now, the Tuidang movement is the most important, because the Communist Party in China is the No. 1 threat to global peace.
If people were saying Get out of the Nazi party, Dont join the Nazi party, Abandon the Nazi party, if we had such a movement in those days, we possibly could have avoided WWII, Loudon said.
This is the situation we are in right now. The CCP today is the Nazi party of the 1930s.
The only movement in the world that is trying to stop the CCP is you people. If you can keep on making more and more people desert the party, then we can peacefully avert World War III. We can avert what I think is one of the greatest looming disasters that we face, and that is a global war involving China and its allies against the West.
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Jeffrey Imm, founder and director of Responsible for Equality and Liberty, noticed that the number of people who have quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations is almost equal to the population of the United States.Jeffrey Imm, founder and director at R.E.A.L. (Responsible for Equality and Liberty), speaks at the Deteriorating Human Rights and Tuidang Movement in China forum on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 4, 2018. (Samira...
New Zealands Financial Markets Authority adds three more suspicious crypto-related companies to its blacklist
1294 Saint Celestine V resigned the papacy after only five months; Celestine hoped to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit.
1545 Council of Trent began.
1577 Sir Francis Drake set out from Plymouth, on his round-the-world voyage.
1642 Towards noon the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sighted a large land, uplifted high. This was the first recorded sighting of New Zealand by a European.
1643 English Civil War: The Battle of Alton.
1769 Dartmouth College was founded by the Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, with a Royal Charter from King George III.
1816 Ernst Werner von Siemens, German engineer, inventor, and industrialist, was born (d. 1892).
1830 Mathilde Fibiger, Danish feminist, novelist and telegraphist, was born (d. 1892).
1903 Carlos Montoya, Spanish guitarist, was born (d. 1993).
1906 Sir Laurens van der Post, South African author, was born (d. 1996).
1913 Arnold Brown, English-Canadian missionary, 11th General of The Salvation Army, was born (d. 2002).
1925 Dick Van Dyke, American actor and comedian was born.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has made a botch of Brexit since her calling of a snap election backfired. A no confidence vote has been signalled for days. It looks like its about to happen. #BREAKING Tory MPs to hold no confidence vote against Theresa May this evening https://t.co/CwJx9VgK39 Laura McQuillan (@mcquillanator) December 12, 
Some years ago, New Zealand poet and scholar Michele Leggott was able to date a series of poems by Robin Hyde after noticing that one of the pages of the manuscript bore faint traces of another piece of writing. It was a fragment of a short story that Leggott knew well, and whose date of composition had already been established. What must have happened she realised is that Hyde used
Dave Maslen is a reluctant sustainability superstar.
The New Zealand Merino Cos general manager for markets and sustainability was a finalist in the sustainability superstar category in the recent NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.
The category, won by Waikato dairy farmer Tracy Brown, celebrated people who inspired and led others to make a difference.
Mr Maslens own nomination came as a surprise and he was reluctant to be singled out, saying it was most definitely a team effort. . .
Leaders discuss sustainable farming Sally Rae:
Agriculture, as a whole, needs to be brave.
That was the take-home message for North Otago dairy farmer Lyndon Strang after attending the annual DairyNZ Dairy Environment Leaders Forum in Wellington recently.
The three-day event was attended by nearly 100 dairy farming leaders who discussed sustainable farming and progressed goals for the future.
Mr Strang and his wife Jane milk 450 cows at Five Forks and run a self-contained operation, wintering all cows, rearing young stock and growing the majority of their supplements. . .
The Waimea Dam will improve the health of the river downstream, and ensure the path of eels to their breeding grounds in the Pacific is not hindered, a freshwater scientist says.
The Tasman District Council recently voted to go ahead with the $105 million irrigation and urban supply scheme, despite levels of public opposition, mainly over cost.
Scientist Roger Young, from Nelsons Cawthron Institute, has been involved in the project since its inception. . .
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you havent found it yet, keep looking. Dont settle. As with all matters of the heart, youll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Dont settle.
~ Steve Jobs, Apple CEO[Hat tip Stephen Hicks]
The National Party has labelled the medicinal cannabis bill which passed into law yesterday as decriminalisation by stealth.
Health Minister David Clark said until a regime was set up, the legislation would help people ease their suffering with a wider range of medicinal cannabis products becoming available over time.
We know that some people cannot wait for medicinal products to become more readily available and will want to use illicit cannabis to ease their pain, he said.
People nearing the end of their lives should not have to worry about being arrested or imprisoned for trying to manage their pain. So as a compassionate measure we are also creating a statutory defence for people eligible to receive palliation so that they can use illicit cannabis without fear of prosecution.
The bill will introduce a statutory defence or amnesty as a stop-gap measure to allow people at the end of their lives to use illicit cannabis while the scheme is still being established. . .
Serious question: if cannabis is a medicine, why isnt it treated like all other medicines and prescribed by doctors who consider it the best option for their patients?
However, National leader Simon Bridges came out swinging in Parliament, calling the bill decriminalisation of cannabis by stealth.
What will the police do when theyre outside a school and someone, under this bill, is smoking cannabis? What will they do?
I dont reckon theyll do much at all, he said.
Shame on the House for passing this terrible, unsafe, dangerous bill.
Nationals spokesperson for health Shane Reti also labelled the bill as lazy and dangerous.
This government is simply ticking the 100-day box that they were forced to by the Greens and it is permitting the smoking of drugs in our communities.
Mr Reti said National supported medicinal cannabis regulation but opposed the smoking of loose leaf cannabis in public.
Thats why we did the work and created a comprehensive medicinal cannabis regime that widened access to medicinal cannabis and provided a framework for licensing high-quality domestic production under sensible and achievabl...
The Grace Millane case has raised the issue of the ineffectiveness of name suppression (non-publication orders) when it only applies to New Zealand media. It has been simple online to find out the name of the person accused of the English tourists murder, even without trying. To clarify the situation at the first court 
This is a very good sign from two younger senior politicians Minister of Education Chris Hipkins is supporting Former education minister Nikki Kayes members bill the Education (Strengthening Second Language Learning in Primary and Intermediate Schools) Amendment Bill to at least the committee stage in Parliament. NZ Herald: Ex-education minister Nikki Kaye 
Comment from Gezza: During his two-year reign as the Childrens Commissioner, Andrew Becroft says pornography has been the most concerning issue among young New Zealanders reported to him. Becroft has welcomed a new report which looks into how and why children in New Zealand view online porn, and does so by asking them directly. The 
Who is Simeon Brown? Most people are unlikely to know much if anything about him. He is young for an MP (27) and seems to lean right/conservative. He won the candidacy for National to contest the Pakuranga electorate last election, which allowed him to romp in to a safe seat vacated by Maurice Williamson. Brown 
A lot of politics and politicians fly under the media radar. Some MPs make the headlines, because the have prominent jobs, because they seek publicity, or because publicity seeks them, or they cock up. Heres a few of my thoughts and impressions on the 2018 political year. Party-wise I dont think there is much of 
12 December 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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Dr Iain Staffell is a senior lecturer in sustainable energy at Imperial College Londons Centre for Environmental Policy. He leads the Electric Insights project reporting interactive real-time and quarterly summary information on the UKs electricity mix.
Rapid progress towards clean energy is needed to meet the global ambition to limit warming to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures.
But how are countries doing so far? In our Energy Revolution Global Outlook report, written with colleagues at Imperial College London and E4tech and published by Drax we rank progress in 25 major world economies.
Our report provides a league table of their efforts to clean up electricity generation, switch from oil to electric vehicles, deploy carbon capture and storage, eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and tackle energy efficiency.
The ten charts below compare these 25 countries today and their progress over the last decade.
Electricity has been the fastest sector of the economy to decarbonise as countries move away from coal and embrace low-cost renewables. Yet the average carbon intensity of electricity worldwide has fallen only 7% in the last decade to 450 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour (gCO2/kWh).
The chart below maps the carbon intensity of electricity generation around the world and ranks the 25 major economies covered by our report. These countries include the G7 group of rich nations along with Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (the BRICS) and others. These countries account for 80% of global population, 77% of global GDP and 73% of the worlds CO2 emissions.
Individual countries range from having virtually zero-carbon electricity (in the Nordics, France and New Zealand, left-hand columns in the lower chart) up to near-total reliance on coal (in South Africa and Poland, on the far right).
627 Battle of Nineveh: A Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeated Emperor Khosrau IIs Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh.
1769 French explorer Jean Franois Marie de Surville first sighted New Zealand near Hokianga.
1779 Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint was born (d. 1865).
1805 Henry Wells, Founder of American Express, was born (d. 1878).
1812 The French invasion of Russia ended.
1821 Gustave Flaubert, French writer, was born (d. 1880).
1862 USS Cairo sank on the Yazoo River, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by an electrically detonated mine.
1863 Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter, was born (d. 1944).
1893 Edward G. Robinson, American actor, was born (d. 1973).
1870 Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black U.S. congressman.
1881 Harry Warner, Polish-American businessman, co-founded Warner Bros. was born (d. 1958).
1900 Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer, was born (d. 1988).
1901 Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal at Signal Hill in St Johns, Newfoundland.
1911 Boun Oum, Laotian politician, 5th Prime Minister of Laos, was born(d. 1980).
1911 Delhi replaced Calcutta as the capital of India.
1915 Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor, was born (d. 1998).
To whom it may concern,
It is run by the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with partners including the Center for the Public Domain, IBM, and SourceForge.
So I am writing to each of these organizations about this. If your organization is no longer involved with the Ibiblio project, it might be a good idea to update this article. Otherwise, I would really appreciate it if you could pass on this message to the appropriate person, or at least to someone who is involved in the day-to-day operations of Ibiblio.org, whether in an organizational or technical capacity.
The problem Im struggling with, is that I have been receiving ever increasing floods of spam via the mailserver at lists.ibiblio.org. A number of years ago, I was a list admin for a mailing list (cc-nz) hosted at lists.ibiblio.org. I am no longer in this role, and in fact this list is no longer in use, having been moved to a new host some years back by the organization using it. However, my email address is still listed as an admin on the list information pages at lists.ibiblio.org, and I still receive any email sent to the admin address for the cc-nz list.
I have done everything I can think of to make contact with the sysadmins in charge of these listservers and mailservers. I have pored over all the pages accessible from the lists.ibiblio.org domain, and tried sending email to every address there that might direct mail to an admin. I have tried joining any lists that seem to be used for admin communication. All with no success. I have tried looking for admin contact information on ibiblio.org, with no success. I have tried answers.ibiblio.org, but I was unable to sign up for an account, or login with any of the other login mechanisms (OpenID, WordPress etc), so I couldnt ask a question there.
If you have any idea who is in currently charge of the services hosted at ibiblio.org and its subdomains, can you please ask them to make contact with me. Also, you might suggest that they take steps to update these services, so that anyone struggling with similar issues with Ibiblio dont have to go on an epic quest to find a human to talk to about them.
Our cabbage trees are blooming profusely which some believe forecasts a hot summer.
Given how unsummery the last few weeks have been, and that they have given us enough rain to withstand some heat, that will be welcome.
As I look at the blooms through yet more drizzle, Im grateful for the promise of the hot summer to come.
Media release from Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand after the passing of the medical cannabis bill in parliament today: The real work begins on the Medical Cannabis scheme MCANZ is delighted at the historic achievement of a solid commitment to produce Medical Cannabis in New Zealand, and is grateful for the amendments that were introduced 
The medical cannabis has passed its final vote in Parliament today. Minister of Health David Clark called it the most progressive bill ever, which will grate on those who were hopeful the Government would treat medical and general use of cannabis as boldly as a growing number of countries and states around the world. But 
Phototropism the orientation of a plant or other organism in response to light, either towards the source of light ( positive phototropism ) or away from it ( negative phototropism ); the growth of an organism which responds to a light stimulus; yearning for the sun; turning to light.
Plant a tree grow a community Luke Chivers:
Matawai farmers Eugene and Pania King are dedicated to sustainability but it isnt just about the environment. Luke Chivers reports.
Sheep and beef farmers Eugene and Pania King from Kiriroa Station at Matawai are combining their passion for the land with hard work and whanau support.
The couple have a longstanding connection with their family, their environment and their local community.
We both grew up in rural New Zealand and a career in agriculture was inevitable, Pania says. . .
Wee dog helps child farm safety Alan Williams:
A serious little dachshund and a devil-may-care miniature fox terrier are the heroes in a new book aimed at making children safer on farms.
Ted the foxy races round doing silly things but Poppy is always close by teaching him to put his think-safe brain on.
Theyre both very small and they highlight just how small a child also is on a farm and through them being out and about Im trying to help children understand about making good decisions, author Harriet Bremner said. . .
A woman who lost her partner in a farm incident has launched a book to keep children safe on the farm.
Harriet Bremners partner James died in a farm machinery incident in Hakataramea Valley in January 2017. Now, her new book, Be Safe, Be Seen, sees her miniature dachshund Poppy take on the challenges of keeping safe on the farm as a little dog.
Primary School teacher Harriet hopes that kids will heed the safety messages in the book and that families reading the book to their children will be reminded to make safe choices at work every day. . .
How could this happen Stuff has a story about what people are saying about Simon Bridges and Jacinda Ardern?
It comes from Labours pollsters so its no surprise the formers word cloud is almost entirely negative and the latters is almost entirely positive.
David Farrar, who is quoted in the story, says this is dirty politics:
. . . I dont think anyone should doubt Labour explicitly approved the release of this data. The fact they refuse to deny it speaks volumes.
The reality is that research data doesnt belong to the polling company. It belongs to the client. The client is the only entity that can approve something being released. Only if the polling company is its owns client, do they get to decide.
So what we have is that in the middle of the allegations from Jamie-Lee, they polled people on what they thought of the National Party Leader, and then released the data as a way to damage him.
This is not something we have seen before.
It is not a long way removed from a political party releasing an advertisement that said something like We asked 1,000 people what they thought of xxxxx and 72% said they think he is a liar. That sort of ad is seen as the most negative type of advertising you can do. Labour have basically done this, by way of releasing their polling data knowing it would get to the media.
Now contrast that with the Labour Party Leader who maintains she believes in gentler, kinder politics. Well her party just launched a classic dirty politics strike against her main opponent. So that should tell you something about how genuine her stance is.
It actually a perverse compliment to Bridges. Labour wouldnt bother with this sort of nastiness if they didnt see him as a threat.
It could also backfire.
Only political tragics are interested in the minutiae of politics but most voters believe in giving people a fair go and this is anything but fair.
Its political strategy without moral principles, personally abusive and to use that much over-used word, its bullying.
Muck sticks to the hand that throws it. Labour has sullied itself by this move and tarnished its l...
Somebody out there apparently does not want President Trump to make a trade deal with China. Just after U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to suspend the implementation of new tariffs for 90 days, one of Chinas most important tech executives was literally kidnapped as she was changing planes in Canada. December 10, 2018 | Michael 
The ODTs Weekend Mix had a profile of Otago University law Professor, Mark Henaghan. Its not online but concluded with this:
The law tends to reflect societys values, Prof Henaghan replies.
Theres a wonderful saying by an American philosopher, In hell there will be nothing but law, and due process will be duly enforced.
Because in a way the more law you have the less you have to trust people.
The less you trust people, the more distrustful they become and so the more law you need in order to trust them.
A good society would not have too much law, because people would do the right thing he says.
But in New Zealand we have a lot of law.
More law less trust, less trust more law, more law, less trust . . .
Sad but true and even more so if read with this mornings quote of the day from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:
Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.
When people dont recognise the voice of their own conscience they dont recognise the voice of justice and we have less trust and we need more law and then we get less trust. . .
This 2013 video says about itself:
Animals in the Antarctic Ice
The wildlife of Antarctica are extremophiles, having to adapt to the dryness, low temperatures, and high exposure common in Antartica. The extreme weather of the interior contrasts to the relatively mild conditions on the Antarctic Peninsula and the Subantarctic islands, which have warmer temperatures and more liquid water. Much of the ocean around the mainland is covered by sea ice. The oceans themselves are a more stable environment for life, both in the water column and on the seabed.
From the University of Barcelona in Spain:
The fauna in the Antarctica is threatened by pathogens humans spread in polar latitudes
When the human species infects other living beings
December 10, 2018
Summary: The fauna in the Antarctica could be in danger due the pathogens humans spread in places and research stations in the southern ocean.
The new study, which detected bacteria from humans in the genus Salmonella and Campylobacter in Antarctic and Subantarctic marine birds, reveals the fragility of polar ecosystems and warns about the risk of massive deaths and extinctions of local fauna populations due pathogens.
Reverse zoonosis: when the human species infects other living beings
Explorers, whalers, scientists -and lately, tourists-, are examples of human collectives that moved to the furthest regions of the planet. Some studies have claimed for years that there had been cases of reverse zoonosis, that is, infections humans give to other living beings. Despite some previous signs, scientific studies on zoonotic agents in...
"Were mistaken if we believe that the collapse of Christianity in America has led to a decline in religion. It has merely led to religious impulses being expressed by political cults." #QotD "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"
"Social-justice ideology does everything a religion should. It offers an account of the whole: that human life and society and any kind of truth must be seen entirely as a function of social power structures, in which various groups have spent all of human existence oppressing other groups. And it provides a set of practices to resist and reverse this interlocking web of oppression from regulating the workplace and policing the classroom to checking your own sin and even seeking to control language itself. I think of non-PC gaffes as the equivalent of old swear words. Like the puritans who were agape when someone said goddamn, the new faithful are scandalised when someone says something problematic. Another commonality of the zealot then and now: humourlessness.
"And so the young adherents of the Great Awokening exhibit the zeal of the Great Awakening. Like early modern Christians, they punish heresy by banishing sinners from society or coercing them to public demonstrations of shame, and provide an avenue for redemption in the form of a thorough public confession of sin. Social justice theory requires the admission of white privilege in ways that are strikingly like the admission of original sin. A Christian is born again; an activist gets woke....
"[W]ere mistaken if we believe that the collapse of Christianity in America has led to a decline in religion. It has merely led to religious impulses being expressed by political cults."
~ Andrew Sullivan, from his otherwise risible op-ed 'America's New Religions'
This looks similar to New Zealands net-zero emissions by 2050 goal. EU aims for net-zero emissions by 2050, boosting economies by 2% of GDP by 2050 and reduce energy imports by over 70%, saving up to three trillion euros a year. https://t.co/p7p0p83Raf James Shaw (@jamespeshaw) December 8, 2018 If they are going to reduce 
361 Julian the Apostate entered Constantinople as sole Emperor of the Roman Empire.
969 Byzatine Emperor Nikephoros II was assassinated by his wife Theofano and her lover, the later Emperor John I Tzimiskes.
1282 Llywelyn the Last, the last native Prince of Wales, was killed at Cilmeri.
1789 The University of North Carolina was chartered.
1792 French Revolution: King Louis XVI of France was put on trial for treason by the National Convention.
1890 Carlos Gardel, tango singer was born (d. 1935).
1904 Marge, American cartoonist, was born (d. 1993).
1907 Fire swept through Parliament Buildings destroying Bellamys restaurant but missing the library.
1917 Lithuania declared its independence from Russia.
1918 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer and Soviet dissident, Nobel laureate, was born (d 2008).
1931 The Statute of Westminster was passed granting complete autonomy to Britains six Dominions. It established legislative equality between the self-governing dominions of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the Irish Free State, Dominion of Newfoundland, the Dominion of New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa.
A few years ago we spent Christmas in Canada.
For the first time a lot of the traditions weve imported from the northern hemisphere made sense there in a way they dont here.
Our family accepted long ago that were in the Southern Hemisphere and our Christmas celebrations reflect that keeping them simple and summery.
Beef + Lamb NZ is doing its best to foster the spirit of a southern Christmas:
St Margarets College head girl Jem Vaughan speaks about depression in her end of year speech:
Jem Vaughan was diagnosed with clinical depression in June, half way through her final year at St Margarets College.
She said she was not sharing her story for attention or pity but in the hope of connecting with anyone who had a similar experience, or might do in future.
Whatever sadness, anxiety or worry looks like for you, please remember you are so incredibly valued and loved and you are always enough, just as you are.
On paper 2018 was a dream year for me, Vaughan told her classmates.
Captain of netball teams, good grades, attending the coolest school ever amazing friends and an incredibly loving family. I feel blessed.
Despite this, at the beginning of the year I actually found myself really unhappy. I was tired all the time, I lost my appetite, I was crying a lot for no reason.
I had been really sad for quite a while and feeling really guilty about it, angry at myself. My problems seemed so trivial, so why was I unhappy?
Vaughan learned after her diagnosis that mental illness doesnt discriminate.
My most important realisation was that theres no direct path or checklist that will lead you to maximum happiness. Trust me, I tried to follow the path and it doesnt make you feel any different from anyone else on any other paths.
She shared three lessons that she learned throughout the year.
The first was that everyone has their own story and it OK if yours isnt perfect at the moment.
Teenagers often judged themselves by the...
Farmers are up to the challenge of meeting climate change targets William Rolleston:
In October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its special report on the actions needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This, it said, would require transformative systemic change involving far-reaching, multilevel and cross-sectorial mitigation.
The report says limiting warming to 1.5C implies reaching net zero CO emissions globally by around 2050 and deep reductions in short-lived gases such as methane.
The report recognises that, as a long-lived gas, CO accumulates in the atmosphere, whereas methane from agriculture (while a strong greenhouse gas) is recycled through the system. . .
Taihape farmers are exploring ways to ensure environmental sustainability while improving the profits from their sheep and beef farms.
The Taihape Action Group formed under the Red Meat Profit Partnership Action Network, which had its first get-together in July, comprises nine farming businesses within a 50km radius of the central North Island town.
It is at an early stage of the profit-growing process.
The farmers involved are developing individual action plans that set out the on-farm changes they want to make. . .
The power of a farmers story Jennie Schmidt:
Christmas is a season for stories. We tell tales about the Nativity and the three kings. We also laugh about the time when Uncle Klaus wore the awful sweater to the family dinner.
Stories are the most powerful form of communication available to us. Thats why the four most compelling words in the English language may be: Once upon a time.
Farmers dont always appreciate this fact, especially when were discussing our own business of agriculture...
"The world is a closed system in the way that a piano is a closed system. The instrument has only 88 notes, but those notes can be played in a nearly infinite variety of ways. The same applies to our planet." #QotD "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"
"The world is a closed system in the way that a piano is a closed system. The instrument has only 88 notes, but those notes can be played in a nearly infinite variety of ways. The same applies to our planet.
"The Earths atoms may be fixed, but the possible combinations of those atoms are infinite. What matters, then, is not the physical limits of our planet, but human freedom to experiment and reimagine the use of resources that we have."
~ Marian Tupy, editor of Human Progress, and Professor Gale Pooley from Brigham Young University, quoted in
Allison Ryan's article 'Introducing the Simon Abundance Index: [How] every additional human being
born appears to make resources proportionally more plentiful'
Let us live and love, nor give a damn what sour old men say. The sun that sets may rise again, but when our light has sunk into the earth it is gone forever.
In spite in a number of signals that the Trump administration has made over the months to indicate that it is prepared to try to take China down alone, the better part of American policymakers have been hard at work behind the scenes, trying to put together a slapdash coalition against Beijing. Its rather curious that certain American media sources are not even trying to conceal this fact from the general public.
Thats where the largest Anglo-Saxon intelligence coalition in existence, comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States comes into play. The anti-Chinese efforts of this coalition known as the Five Eyes (FVEY) has recently been joined by Germany, Japan and France that want to oppose Chinese investments into various regions of the world.
American politicians would typically describe activities of this coalition as consultations with like-minded partners, aimed, for the time being, at countering the rapid rise of Beijing and its two major infrastructure initiatives: the One Belt One Road (OBOR) and Made in China 2025. However, Beijing is not the only one to suffer from the activities of FVEY, as this body has reportedly developed a number of anti-Russian operations as well.
This trend seems particularly disturbing, especially if one is to get acquainted with the statement issued after the recent Five Eyes meeting on the Gold Coast of Australia, learning that FVEY would use global partnerships to accelerate the sharing of information to secure its goals.
The Five Eyes played a pivotal role in the adoption of a number of anti-Chinese legislative initiatives, including the one known as FIRRMA, which gives Washington new powers to block certain types of foreign investments. The text of that legislation mandates Donald Trump to conduct a more robust international outreach effort to convince allies to adopt similar protections.
Lately, London in order to secure its favorable relations with Washington has become a primary actor in th...
Got a problem? The government almost certainly has a review to consider it:
New figures released by National show that since being sworn in, the Government has announced 206 reviews and working groups, or one approximately every two days, at a cost of almost $700,000 dollars a day, National Leader Simon Bridges says.
The Government has abandoned New Zealanders and delegated the job of governing to officials, think tanks, consultants and former politicians while it focuses on tidying up after itself and cashing its coalition negotiation cheques, Mr Bridges says.
This is a Government whose parties had three terms nine years to develop their own ideas, but theyre now farming the thinking out to others and charging the taxpayer as they do.
Instead of using opposition to prepare for government, Labour spent the best part of nine years on in-fighting and looking inwards. We are paying the price for their lack of preparedness for government.
The Government has no plans for growing the strong economy it inherited, or for improving the lives of New Zealanders. Rather than having a plan and a vision for New Zealand its focused on keeping the Coalition together and treading water while we wait for the ever-growing list of reviews and working groups to report back with instructions.
Meanwhile taxpayers are forking out half a million dollars a day to pay for this Governments laziness.
The total cost so far is around $280 million but it is set to be much higher. The Government doesnt know the cost of 79 of their reviews, so taxpayers could be looking at a $450 million bill. At a time when cost of living is on the rise, rents are going up, and more taxes and regulations are being piled on, New Zealanders dont need this wasteful spending as they feel the pinch at Christmas time.
Some external consideration and advice is sensible, but 206 reviews and working groups at a cost of $700,000 a day is simply wasteful.
It is flabby spending. National would cut the waste, stop mulching trees and rolling out free fees, and invest taxpayer dollars in a more considered, targeted way. Savings from these reviews alone...
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Is this another sign that the NWO is close at hand? The Daily Star reports EU armoured vehicles at the scene of French Yellow Jacket protests! Rachel ODonoghue The Daily Star Dec 8, 2018 Riots have been raging across the city for the last few weeks as anger about the high cost of living 
China on Saturday summoned the Canadian ambassador over the unconscionable and vile detention of telecom giant Huaweis chief financial officer in Vancouver, state media reported, in Beijings latest angry response to the hot-button case. South China Morning PostSun, 09 Dec 2018 China on Saturday summoned the Canadian ambassador over the unconscionable and vile detention of 
Last month we learned only seven of Wanakas KiwiBuild houses sold.
Last week we learned Housing Minister Phil Twyford hadnt bothered to run his decision to substantially reduce the penalty KiwiBuild rule breakers would face face for flipping homes past the Prime Minister or cabinet.
A housing scheme that doesnt have enough money put in, in the first place. Thats Treasurys assessment.
A housing scheme that wont contribute anywhere near what the Government said it would to the market. Thats from Treasury and the Reserve Bank.
A housing scheme that isnt even close to getting people locked out of the market into a home, given the prices.
A housing scheme in parts of the country thats actually more expensive than the open market prices already in play.
A housing scheme that doesnt actually have any real demand, given they extended the ballot in places like Wanaka.
A housing scheme with some homes in Auckland now on the open market, due to the fact the people who won the ballot didnt want the property, and the runners up didnt either.
A housing scheme that is unilaterally being fiddled with, with our money, by a bloke whose head is so big it cant get through a door.
And now, a housing scheme that because they changed the rules unilaterally, now needs a dedicated team to monitor who is selling their houses for the profit theyre allowed to keep due to the changes of rules, and that team costs upwards of half a million dollars a year.
That was b...
There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a spiritual . Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person. Rumer Godden who was born on this days in 1907.
1041 Empress Zoe of Byzantium elevated her adopted son to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire as Michael V.
1508 The League of Cambrai was formed by Pope Julius II, Louis XII of France, Maximilian 1, Holy Roman Emperor and Ferdinand II of Aragon as an alliance against Venice.
1394 King James I of Scotland was born (d. 1437).
1520 Martin Luther burned his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domineoutside Wittenbergs Elster Gate.
1830 Emily Dickinson, American poet, was born (d. 1886).
1868 The first traffic lights were installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they used semaphore arms and were illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.
1878 Rajaji, Indias freedom fighter and the first Governor General of independent India was born (d. 1972).
1901 The first Nobel Prizes were awarded.
1902 Women were given the right to vote in Tasmania.
1906 U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt won the...
Lek the basic monetary unit of Albania, equal to 100 qindarkas; a small area in which birds of certain species, notably the black grouse, gather for sexual display and courtship. the act or practice of so gathering; an assembly area where animals (such as the prairie chicken) carry on display and courtship behavior; also : an aggregation of animals assembled on a lek for courtship.
British Premier League Soccers attempts to promote LBGT awareness are stirring trouble, as The Guardian reports below. But was this issue manufactured in the first place? Premier League clubs Rainbow Laces posts draw homophobic responses Molly Moss The Guardian Dec 7, 2018 Premier League football teams including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have received 
95 per cent of speed cameras in one area of France have been completely destroyed as part of the yellow vest anti-government protest movement. By Paul Joseph Watson on December 8, 2018 According to Le Point, almost all speed cameras in Puy-de-Dme, a region in central France, have been taped over, broken or burned. In 
Sundays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
As we grow older and realise more clearly the limitations of human happiness, we come to see that the only real and abiding pleasure in life is to give pleasure to other people P.G. Wodehouse
History teaching backed
Pou brings wars to school yard. Guest speaker Sir Harawira Gardiner status a fundamental building block of any civilised society is an understanding of its history. For 150 years, the New Zealand wars had Danced in the Shadows of mainstream learning.
If we are to teach New Zealand history, be it war history, or general history, then it is our responsibility to start at the beginning, not halfway as mentioned. Go back to when man first set foot on New Zealand soils. The real tangata whenua of New Zealand, the Kahupungapunga/Patupaiarehe/Waitaha peoples.
What became of them, and why are these people and their history being deliberately suppressed even today. Who are we to deny them their rights to be heard, and to be remembered.
Many of their descendents are still living here today.
G B Burling, Wahi
GUERRILLA DEMOCRACY NEWS WORLD
WASHINGTON The dramatic arrest of a Chinese telecommunications executive has driven home why it will be so hard for the Trump administration to resolve its deepening conflict with China. In the short run, the arrest of Huaweis chief financial officer heightened skepticism about the trade truce that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping reached 
"Separating the trading entities into national aggregates allows a variety of fallacious conclusions to be drawn by artful intriguers. Historically such intriguers formed practically an entire 'school' of economic policy now known as mercantilism." #QotD "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"
"Separating the trading entities into national aggregates allows a variety of fallacious conclusions to be drawn by artful intriguers. Historically such intriguers formed practically an entire 'school' of economic policy now known as mercantilism. In his classic work 'The Wealth of Nations' (1776), Adam Smith exposed many of the errors and misconceptions of this school and argued forcefully for freedom of trade as the policy consistent with maximisation of peoples wealth as a whole rather than augmentation of the intriguers wealth at the expense of the general public. As Smith concluded, 'Nothing . . . can be more absurd than this whole doctrine of the balance of trade'.[Hat tip Cafe Hayek]
~ Robert Higgs, from hist article 'Against the Whole Concept and Construction of the Balance of International Payments'
The Illinois Statehouse installed several holiday decorations this year: A Nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus, a Christmas tree, a Menorah and a Satanic sculpture. by Vigilant Citizen Dec 5, 2018 Entitled Snaketivity, the display depicts a snake wrapped around a womans hand as she holds an apple. On the side of the 
It's a real shame, but Sir David has allowed himself to be used as a prophet of doom. Who knows what caused his mind to be sucked into this deviance from his once celebratory view of living creation? The demonisation of CO2 is an evil act against the most important food for life.Even if the doom-mongers were correct about the science, of course, that would say nothing at all about the action to be taken. Bjorn Lomborg for example warns that "strong global climate action would cause far more hunger and food insecurity than climate change itself. And civilisation itself demands in any case that we take the doom-mongering cautiously.
Before any implication for action can be present, additional information is required.
One essential piece of information is the comparative valuation attached to retaining industrial civilisation versus avoiding global warming. If one val......
"Capacity is not the same as generation because intermittent renewables sit around doing nothing so much of the time." ~ Jo Nova, from her post 'Rampant solar, wind growth: Australia increases unreliable energy by 50% in 2018'
Radio New Zealand | 4 December 2018
A landowners group in Papua New Guineas highlands region is suing the national government for $US13.28 billion over a breach of contract.
The Justice Foundation for Porgera and other landowners whose land is inside the boundaries of the Porgera gold mine are behind the suit.
They claim that Barrick Nuigini, a subsidiary of Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold, has destroyed their environment and livelihoods, and has not kept to the commitments made in the contract signed in 1989.
The Foundations Jonathan Paraia said the amount of money they are seeking is justified.
That is based on the contract for Porgera Mine signed between the state and Porgera landowners, but the state has got its own agreement with the Candian mining company, Barrick. So we expect the g...
"He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest."
~ Dylan Thomas
New Zealand wool prices tripled overnight when the USA sought to build up its strategic stockpiles during the Korean War.
It was all down hill from there as synthetics replaced natural fibres.
Merino has had a renaissance thanks to firms like Icebreaker and All Birds using its eco-friendly, comfort, temperature regulation and odour resistance credentials to sell clothes and shoes.
But farmers are lucky to recoup the cost of shearing crossbred wool.
While thats not good now, lower prices make it less expensive to experiment and develop new wool-based products which could lead to greater demand, and better prices, in the future.
That could include raw material for surfboards:
New Zealand surfer Paul Barron was laminating a board a decade ago when he accidentally spilled resin on his sweater. It gave him an idea: What if he built a surfboard shell out of wool? Traditional foam boards are typically housed in resin and fiberglass for structural integrity. But fiberglass can be harmful to workers and isnt easily recyclable; board makers have long sought a greener alternative. This month, the Carlsbad, California, company Firewire Surfboards is releasing Barrons WoolLight boardshowcasing a technological advance that could change how other products are designed, from yachts to cars . . .
Barron partnered with the New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) to develop the wool composite technology:
. . .The technology is a new high value market for New Zealand strong wool, at a time when the industry is struggling with low wool prices and looking for alternative markets.
According to NZM Chief Executive John Brakenridge what Firewire is doing producing wool surfboards is the start of a movement and the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the wool composite technology.
While the first application of this technology is being used in surfboards, it has the potential to replace fibreglass in many other products such as boats, aircraft and furniture.
The wools natural performance such as tensile strength means that products made with this new technology are lighter and more flexible than traditional fibreglass, while maintaining its strength.
Tauranga based surfboard maker Barron first came up with...
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