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RNZ: Police get ready to reopen Pike River investigation The police are gearing up to reopen their investigation into the explosion at Pike River, in anticipation of the planned re-entry of the mine later this year. Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers visited Greymouth last week to meet the Pike River Recovery Agency and victims families. Detective 
Jacinda Ardern has described climate change as my generations nuclear free moment (in a campaign speech in August 2017). Simon Bridges wont go that far. On Q+A yesterday CORIN DANN So certainty. Is climate change the nuclear-free issue of your generation? SIMON BRIDGES I would not go that far. Is it the most significant environmental 
"Generally, if you find yourself over-exposed to someone else (some person, some business, some country), and especially one of questionable character, the prudent thing to do is to gradually reduce your exposure, diversify your risks, and regain your (perceived) freedom to act in accord with your values. But when it comes to the People's Repuplic of China (PRC), prevailing opinion ministerial speeches, taxpayer-funded lobby groups, and so on seems to be that we should double-down, increasing our exposure to a country that they know to be an international thug and bully...
"But weve allowed a couple of industries ... to flourish, and politically salient sector risks to develop, which now depend on the New Zealand government cowering in the corner and never upsetting Beijing... It should be a matter of priority ... to look to reduce those specific exposures, encouraging greater resilience in the respective industries, so that one day we could have the courage to stand for what we believe assuming that among the political classes, belief is still about something more than the last trade dollar, and the next political donation. In time one hopes, (in a day decades hence when freedom comes to China) we should aim for a relationship of trust and mutual respect, not one of the battered wife cowering in the corner."
~ Michael Reddell, from his post 'Economic Coercion PRC-Style'
The war in Yemen has been going for three years, but it doesnt get much attention still. But like Syria, it is not just an internal battle, it is a battle that regional and international powers are also involved in, with little success except for feeding the arms industry. Reuters: Saudi-led coalition conducts air strikes 
How to get the best of it all? One must conquer, achieve, get to the top; one must know the end to be convinced that one can win the end to know theres no dream that mustnt be dared. . . Is this the summit, crowning the day? How cool and quiet! Were not exultant; but delighted, joyful; soberly astonished. . . Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves. Have we gained success? That word means nothing here. Have we won a kingdom? No. . . and yes. We have achieved an ultimate satisfaction. . . fulfilled a destiny. . . To struggle and to understand never this last without the other; such is the law. . . George Mallory who was born on this day in 1886.
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Sometimes, you dont know your true calling until it finds you. This was certainly the case for Eric White, 33, the owner of Zydeco Construction. The once formerly-homeless man now owns a Louisiana-based company that builds beaches in peoples backyards, and hes making millions doing it.
When White was 15-years-old, he was homeless for about eight months. Growing up, things werent easy for me, he told USA Today. White dropped out of school in the ninth grade and only had a second-grade reading skill. I could hardly even spell my name, he said.
Despite his lacking education, he always felt as if he understood construction. I knew if I worked at it, said White, I could really do something with it. He got his start working for a local construction company just to pay the bills. But later, he learned of a job opening with a Baton Rouge-based company that paid $12 hour. The guy that I worked for there took me under his wing and taught me about the company. Within the first six months,...
618 Li Yuan became Emperor Gaozu of Tang, initiating three centuries of Tang Dynasty rule over China.
1178 Five Canterbury monks saw what was possibly the Giordano Bruno crater being formed. It is believed that the current oscillations of the moons distance from the earth (on the order of metres) are a result of this collision.
1429 French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeated the main English army under Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay.
1757 Battle of Koln between Prussian Forces under Frederick the Great of Prussia and an Austrian Army under the command of Field Marshal Count Leopold Joseph von Daun in the Seven Years War.
1767 Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sighted Tahiti. He is considered the first European to reach the island.
1778 American Revolutionary War: British troops abandoned Philadelphia.
1812 War of 1812: The U.S. Congress declared war on the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1815 Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Waterloo leads to Napoleon Bonaparte abdicating the throne of France for the second and last time.
1830 French invasion of Algeria
1859 First ascent of Aletschhorn, second summit of the Bernese Alps.
I've just become 'mum' to one of these pups. The real mum is a
smooth coat smallish Huntaway and the father mostly Sharpei.
Working/ farm dogs.
Six remain and the owner is very keen for them to go to good homes.
Mine, now named 'Limmy', has been a joy for the half day we have had her. Very calm - sat/slept on my knee for the journey home. Has done some exploring since arriving, said a shy howdy to the first inhabitants (existing Huntaway seems rather intrigued if cautious) but at 8 weeks, still wanting to be cuddled back to sleep - missing her litter.
Anyone interested in giving a good home to one of these pups please email me at dandl.mitchellNZ@gmail.com
The world is changing. The deceivers are not amused. The Conspiracy Theory badge of honour, has become a stain on the forehead of the stupid. They wear it well. They are no longer the better informed and more intelligent, they are the exposed terminal fools. The essential pretense of the dark corridors, otherwise The Enemy 
It looks like the ACT party are considering renaming themselves. They have to do something to turn their lack of support around, they are virtually nothing but the MP for Epsom. Frank Newman: ACT re-branding David Seymour says they are looking at a possible name change. In an interview on Radio NZ on 15 June 
Fricative denoting a type of consonant made by the friction of breath in a narrow opening, producing a turbulent air flow; a fricative consonant; a consonant characterized by frictional passage of the expired breath through a narrowing at some point in the vocal tract.
Its been a while a while since I last heard Icke speak on the subject of reptoids and interdimensionals, and this is a beaut: He sums up the big picture nicely. In case one is inclined to think this something new or just Ickes personal take on things, UFO and paranormal investigator John Keel first 
The post Laugh All You Like: Theyre REAL! David Icke Podcast Plus John Keel Book PDF appeared first on Uncensored Publications.
We walked together on the beach that day to find some treasure from the sea & the thing I remember best is laughing at how everything we found we threw back so someone else could find it, because we already had all the treasure we could hold. Treasure 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.
Its certainly been a messy week for the Government. Is it a sign of a bigger, awful mess? Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tried to paper over some of this weeks cracks by claiming it was consensus government in action, but there were worrying suggestions it was the opposite both Labour and NZ First ministers 
Theres growing interest in things like fake meet laboratory concocted food. It is seen as potentially a better alternative to meat to feed a growing world population. But is is safe? I think its too soon to tell. There was an interesting item about this in Q&A this morning. Fake meat soon on the 
Infected cattle bring opportunity for study Sally Rae:
It will not be possible to control Mycoplasma bovis if an eradication attempt fails, given the present lack of understanding of the infection and the gross inadequacy of existing diagnostics, Emeritus Prof Frank Griffin says.
Otago-based Prof Griffin, whose career has focused on animal health research, described that as the sad reality.
He believed the Governments decision to attempt eradication first was the correct one, even though it brought considerable public liability for taxpayer funding. . .
Eradication of Mycoplasma bovis could be supported by the 25-year legacy of co-operation between OSPRI/TBfree and AgResearch in tracking and researching bovine tuberculosis. Richard Rennie spoke to Dr Neil Wedlock, one of the countrys senior bTB researchers on what can be learned.
Collaboration between AgResearch scientists and disease control managers at OSPRI TBfree and its predecessor the Animal Health Board has led to important technical breakthroughs resulting in a drastic reduction in the prevalence of bovine tuberculosis in livestock.
Eradication of TB from the national herd by 2026 will be hailed as a disease control success story but there are some challenges to deal with before that happens. . . .
Trio share their travels through hills and valleys Toni Williams:
You cant go from mountain to the next mountain without going in the valley, says farmer and author Doug Avery.
Mr Avery, along with Paul Pup Chamberlain and Struan Duthie, was guest speaker at a Rural Support Mid Canterbury session at the Mt Somers Rugby Club rooms.
Rural Mid Cantabrians were encouraged to take a break with the trio as they spoke of their life experiences the ups and the downs.
From front-line policing during the 1981 Springbok tour, reaching rock bottom farming in drought-stricken Marlborough to cracking open emotions, they shared it all.
All three spoke of the importance of havin...
This morning on Q&A: National says it wants to work with the Government on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. What does that really mean? National leader Simon Bridges will be with us live. This could be interesting. One Nationals decision:National supporting non-partisan Climate Commission One of the more ridiculous comments in response: Climate change is a fraud, 
Green Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has released some good news this weekend, but it hasnt shut down criticism of an earl;ier decision on water bottling. along with Minister of Energy and Resources Megan Woods, announced on Saturday that an application to mine coal on conservation land on the West Coast has been declined 
Tyranny by minorities has become a big issue around the world. In New Zealand we have some of this problem, whether it be small bands of online activists dumping on people for speaking out of line on Facebook or Twitter, people leaking private information for political gain, like super overpayment stories, politicians getting heavy handed 
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.
Stillness is the alter of the spirit. Paramahansa Yogananda
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1239 Edward Longshanks, English king, was born (d. 1307).
1691 Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect, was born (d. 1765).
1704 John Kay, English inventor of the flying shuttle, was born (d. 1780)
1775 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Bunker Hill.
1789 In France, the...
Valence relating to or denoting electrons involved in or available for the degree of combining power of an element as shown by the number of atomic weights of a monovalent element (such as hydrogen) with which the atomic weight of the element will combine or for which it can be substituted or with which it can be compared; the chemical bond formation; relative capacity to unite, react, or interact; the intrinsic attractiveness/good-ness or averseness/bad-ness of an event, object, or situation; the degree of attractiveness an individual, activity, or thing possesses as a behavioral goal.
Chris Cillizza: Donald Trumps Friday morning proves the massive danger of sitting down with Robert Mueller President Donald Trump has a very casual relationship with the truth. To him, facts are fungible. They are things to stretch, pull and sometimes break all in service of the story that he tells himself about his life. 
An epileptic boy whose medicinal cannabis oil was confiscated at Heathrow is in a life-threatening condition, his mother has said. https://www.standard.co.uk/author/patrick-grafton-green Twelve-year-old Billy Caldwell was taken by ambulance to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Friday after his epilepsy seizures intensified, according to a family statement. A batch of the banned drug used to treat 
Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers.
Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future.
This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as plucking the yew (or pluck yew).
Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and they began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew!
Since pluck yew is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative F, and thus the words are often used in conjunction with the onefingersalute.
It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as giving the bird. And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing
Hat tip: BakerAgs weekly AgLetter.
Cube cleans up farm and orchard footwear Hugh Stringleman:
Farm and orchard gate footwear cleaning and disinfection is expected to be a growing business for Jacson3 of Hamilton, which launched its portable biosecurity system at the National Fieldays.
Partners Jackie Humm and Russell Knutson, pictured, showed their Jacson Cube for the first time, after 18 months in development.
The product replaces the messy and often ineffective buckets and brushes that are now used on most farms and orchards. . .
(BusinessDesk) The Commerce Commission says it is concerned that the asset beta Fonterra Cooperative Group uses to determine the farmgate milk price is too low, meaning it ends up paying its farmers a higher price for their milk than would be warranted under the companys enabling law.
The impact of this is that Fonterra calculates a higher milk price than would be the case if it used a more feasible allowance for risk in the cost of finance, consistent with other processors, the commission said in a statement accompanying an emerging views paper. . .
Lincoln University agrifood marketing expert Dr Nic Lees says we need to make more of being second when it comes to international food ratings.
Research from Lincoln University and the University of Florida, showed that most western consumers view New Zealand food as the next best thing to their local products.
However, Dr Lees said we are not taking advantage of this positive perception of the quality and safety of our food products.
Unfortunately we are missing out on this premium because many overseas consumers are unaware their food originates in New Zealand. . .
On Newshub Nation this morning: Prime Minister @jacindaardern talks about brave leadership as she sits down with @lisaowennz in one of her final interviews before her maternity leave #nationnz This interview focussed mainly on criminal justice and the 3 strikes strike out this week. Prime Minister @jacindaardern Ultimately, were all united in the fact 
One Newshubs Nation this morning: Justice Minister @AndrewLittleMP joins us to discuss why the criminal justice system needs an overhaul, and what will happen if the reforms dont go far enough #nationnz Mike Williams, who now works with the Howard League for Penal Reform, is on the panel so could have some interesting comments. @GraemeEdgeler will 
Ructions in Green ranks continues after the decision Green MP Eugenie Sage was required to make a water bottling decision as part of her ministerial responsibilities: Overseas investment for Otakiri Springs bottling giant approved in principle Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage, and Associate Finance Minister David Clark, have granted an application under the Overseas Investment 
National leader Simon Bridges wants to take the politics out of climate change:
Today I have written to the Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change offering to work with them to establish an independent, non-political Climate Change Commission which would support emissions reductions by both advising on carbon budgets and publishing progress reports on emissions, Mr Bridges says.
National recognises the importance to New Zealanders current and future of addressing climate change and responsibly playing our part in a global response.
Long-lasting change requires broad and enduring support, so I want to work with the Government to make meaningful bipartisan progress on climate change.
This will be challenging and require compromises on both sides. But the prize is too great not to try, and the consequences on our economy, jobs and the environment are too serious if we dont do so responsibly.
The design of the Commission will be critical, but both the Productivity Commission and Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment have offered a clear steer as to what they see as an enduring model to drive long-lasting change.
I am confident that we can work constructively together to establish an enduring non-political framework for all future governments when considering climate change issues.
Mr Bridges also said that simply getting the institutional arrangements such as carbon budgets right isnt enough we also need to address the specific policy choices that will be taken to reduce emissions over time.
Of course there will be ongoing debate and differing views about what steps are appropriate. National want to see sensible, practical solutions, not extreme policies that would damage the economy and unnecessarily drive up costs for Kiwi households.
National have a core set of principles that will guide the work we do on climate change:
Christchurch Airport has become the latest international airport to sign up to The Climate Group's EV100 initiative for electric transport, committing to transition its vehicle fleet to 100% electric by 2030. With 6.5 million people visiting the terminal every year, Christchurch Airport has an opportunity to make electric vehicles a more familiar sight in New Zealand, while demonstrating to airports around the world how it's done, said Helen [...]
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