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Jeremy Brett was marvellous actor for this role.
During a stormy Saturday 13 October,
three Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters were
noted passing through Rockhampton Airport while heading to Papua
New Guinea (PNG).
lousy formatting, audio OK and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction.
Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.
The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects
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Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.
A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.
Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.
The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.
Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.
Classic film noir from Robert Aldrich Kiss Me Deadly (1955) = one of Clovis Leachmans early roles
Mahogany with Diana Ross
Next we have Cagney at his snarling, gangster best supported by an excellent cast Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Finally Charles Coburn in Colonel Effinghams Raid
By Stephen Fitz Record breaking hurricane slams Florida. Increased global temperature equates to energy in the atmosphere, equates to extremes in weather, ocean expansion, ice melt and rising sea-levels. The Liberal Partys rejection of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, and the subsequent climate change denial is a lie. The word on the
Not that long ago I published an account of the Adolphian
It did not include Fox News. However, since writing I have taken a quick glance at the headlines on Sky and Fox each day. I've never been a great fan of Sean Hannity and this week gave cause for my prejudice to be reinforced.
Last week-end there was a headline on Fox to the effect that Hannity would be revealing yet another major story, guaranteed to bring woe an much tooth gnashing to the Democrats and heir friends.
Like a mug, I went back each day to see what it would be and, for the life of me, there was nothing that remotely justified the hype.
All they do is make themselves look silly.
The Charmer was a 1987 British television serial set in the 1930s, and starring Nigel Havers as Ralph Ernest Gorse, a seducing conman, Rosemary Leach as Joan Plumleigh-Bruce, a smitten victim widow and Bernard Hepton as Donald Stimpson, Plumleigh-Bruces would-be beau, who vengefully pursues Gorse after he has conned her
For just the second time in my lifetime Otago have won the Ranfurly Shield, taking it off Waikato. They attacked well in the first half, and defended very well to hold out Waikato, who made some game losing mistakes on attack near the end. So we get a home semi-final by finishing second in the 
Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing
Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.
Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.
For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999.
The Great Pre-Midterm Purge Has Begun Just in time for midterms, Facebook has removed 559 pages and 251 accounts they claim have been spreading misinformation and spam. Several of the pages however some with millions of followers, were pro-Trump conservatives who had spent years cultivating their followings. By Tyler Durden October 12th, 2018 
The post Facebook Purges Over 800 Accounts With Millions Of Followers; Prominent Conservatives Vanish appeared first on Uncensored Publications.
On September 25, the South Korean President Moon Jae-in who arrived in New York in order to partake in the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly held a meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinz Abe and its main topic was not informing Tokyo of the results of the summit or working out a joint strategy on North Korea, but rather the Comfort Women issue (called wianbu in Korean), which we discussed on several occasions.
Let us remind the reader that, on December 28, 2015, during the reign of the former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the Foreign Ministers of the 2 countries, Yun Byung-se and Fumio Kishida agreed that Japan would acknowledge its responsibility for the wianbu, formally apologise to the victims of this crime and allocate funds for establishing the so-called Reconciliation and Healing Foundation amounting to 1 b yen. In response, the South Korean party was to stop using the term sexual slavery and refrain from holding campaigns on this subject.
The money was allocated, received and distributed, however this decision received a lot of vocal criticism from the South Korean community with strong nationalist ideals, including the victims of sexual slavery and leftist civil organisations who wanted to attack Park Geun-hye above all. The official apology was declared insufficiently sincere and of formal nature without punishing the individuals responsible for establishing the wianbu system and the negotiations were declared behind the scenes talks disregarding the interests of the victims.
After the inauguration of Moon Jae-in as the South Korean President, the government made a working group for studying the circumstances in which the Agreement was made. Naturally, the new investigation found that the opinions of the sexual slavery victims had not been duly considered. Furthermore, it was noted that the negotiations had had a nature of a diplomatic parley and had been held behind closed doors and there was no information concerning the circumstances of the document signing. In response, Japan objected and announced its intention to comply with the Agreement since it had fulfilled its obligations.
During the summit, Shinz Abe called on Moon Jae-in to maintain the arr...
It is an organisation not without its problems. Conceived in the heat of idealism, and promoted as the vanguard of medical rescue and human rights advocacy, Mdecins Sans Frontires has had its faults. Its co-founder Bernard Kouchner went a bit awry when he turned such advocacy into full blown interventionism. As Nicolas Sarkozys foreign minister,
The post Evacuating Nauru: Mdecins Sans Frontires and Australias Refugee Dilemma appeared first on The AIM Network.
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends
Quiz. The information provided should help you work out
why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the
Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the
answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern
monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic
thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an
Assume that inflation is stable, there is excess productive capacity, and the central bank maintains its current monetary policy setting. In this situation, if government spending increases by $X dollars and private investment and exports are unchanged nominal income will continue growing until the sum of taxation revenue, import spending and household saving rises by more than $X dollars because of the multiplier.
The answer is False.
This question relates to the concept of a spending multiplier and the relationship between spending injections and spending leakages.
We have made the question easy by assuming that only government spending changes (exogenously) in period one and then remains unchanged after that.
Aggregate demand drives output which then generates incomes (via payments to the productive inputs). Accordingly, what is spent will generate income in that period which is available for use. The uses are further consumption; paying taxes and/or buying imports.
We consider imports as a separate category (even though they reflect consumption, investment and government spending decisions) because they constitute spending which does not recycle back into the production process. They are thus considered to be leakages from the expenditure system.
So if for every dollar produced and paid out as income, if the economy imports around 20 cents in the dollar, then only 80 cents is available within the system for spending in subsequent periods excluding taxation considerations.
However there are two other leakages which arise from domestic sources saving and taxation. Take taxation first. When income is produced, the households end up with less than they are paid out in gross terms because the government levies a tax. So the income concept available for subsequent spending is called disposable income (Yd).
To keep it simple, imagine a proportional tax of 20 cents in the dollar is levied, so if $100 of income is generated, $20 goes to taxation and Yd is $80 (what is left). So taxation (T) is a leakage from the expenditure system in the same way as imports are.
Finally consider saving. Consumers make decisions to...
Open All Hours is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. It ran for 26 episodes in four series, which premiered in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1985. The programme developed from a television pilot broadcast in Ronnie Barkers comedy anthology series, Seven of One (1973). Open All Hours ranked eighth in the 2004 Britains Best Sitcom poll
The setting is a small grocers shop in Balby, a suburb of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. The owner, Arkwright (Ronnie Barker), is a middle-aged miser with a stammer and a knack for selling. His nephew Granville (David Jason) is his put-upon errand boy, who blames his work schedule for his lacklustre social life.
Across the road lives Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), occupied by her professional rounds, and her elderly mother. Arkwright longs to marry her, but she resists his persistent pressures. In later episodes, it is explained that the two have actually been engaged for many years but have been unable to go through with a wedding due to the advanced age of Nurse Gladyss mother, for whom she cares at home. Though short-tempered with Arkwright, she is concerned for his and Granvilles welfare.
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Today in Rock History: Born today in 1940, singer Chris Farlowe. Along with solo work he was briefly with Colosseum and Atomic Rooster and did vocals on two Jimmy Page solo albums. Born today in 1941, Paul Simon songwriter, singer and guitarist with Simon & Garfunkel and solo. Born today in 1944 Robert Lam, songwriter,  The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Some interesting songs on this programme, listen for Laura Nyro
Little surprise that the Coalition is mixing its message on climate, but overall its clear to see our current leaders are unwilling to part with the financial support of Australias coal barons. The post Lip service and lies: Coalitions response to the IPCC report appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Melbourne Renewable Energy Project partners and Pacific Hydro are celebrating after taking home one of the Premiers 2018 Sustainability Awards. The post Nation-first renewable energy project recognised appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Dismissing this saying no impact is simply, false.
Nonetheless, that fact, is subjective to whether an individual or corporate group values the earth environment in saying: there is no impact.
Because it is a matter of record there are three major outcomes.
1. The temperature increase in the bodies of water can have serious adverse effects on aquatic life.
2. Warm water holds less oxygen than cold water, thus discharge from once-through cooling systems can create a temperature squeeze that elevates the metabolic rate for fish.
3. Additionally, suction pipes that are used to intake water can draw plankton, eggs and larvae into the plants machinery, while larger organisms can be trapped against the protective screens of the pipes.
Furthermore, before anyone comes back with a smart comment just be aware these nuclear reactor cooling systems run 24/7, 356 days per year.
With the holidays coming up Oilers are going to be doing a lot of reading (hopefully under a tree at the beach or tucked up in bed with a cuppa). A commenter recently asked what had happened to our Whaleoil bookclub book reviews. We havent done them for a long time because we have been  The post Whaleoil bookclub book reviews appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
MoU for Australian and Vietnamese nuclear organisations, WNN, 10 October 2018, The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency (VAEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to allow further collaboration between the two organisations. The agreement was signed during a visit to ANSTO by a delegation led by VAEA Director General Hoang Anh Tuan.
ANSTO CEO Adi Paterson said the MoU would give the organisations an opportunity to cooperate more closely on areas of mutual benefit. ANSTO has worked with a variety of Vietnamese agencies for many years through multilateral fora such as the IAEA, the Regional Cooperative Agreement, and the Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia, he said.
Discussions were held on possible areas for cooperation including research reactor operation and utilisation, environmental monitoring of mining tails, and food provenanceThe visit, which has been facilitated by ANSTOs International Affairs team, is part of the International Atomic Energys Technical Cooperation Programme. http://world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/...
But Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi begs to differ and has confirmed he will lay out an investment case to pursue the power generation option next week.
If Scott Morrison says hes not afraid to use the nuclear word, I want to give him the economic case so that he can seize the mantle and stop this 20 year green moratorium on even contemplating nuclear power in this country, Bernardi tells Luke Grant. I will lay out an investment case that makes nuclear a compelling opportunity. It will detail not only the energy benefits of nuclear energy but the whole range of other spin-off benefits. It could relieve drought-affected areas, it could ensure greater crop...
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The Battle of Buena Vista, also called Battle of Angostura, Battle of Buena Vista, lithograph by Currier & Ives, c. 1847. [Credit: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (Digital file no. cph 3g02957)](Feb. 2223, 1847), battle fought near Monterrey, Mex., in the Mexican-American War (184648), the war between the United States and Mexico. A U.S. army of about 5,000 men under General Zachary Taylor had invaded northeastern Mexico, taking Monterrey and Saltillo. General Antonio Lpez de Santa Anna meanwhile had gathered a force of about 14,000 troops and was marching north from San Luis Potos to engage the invaders. Although the numbers were impressive, they were badly armed and poorly trained. When reports of the Mexican threat reached Taylor, he moved his forces on February 21 to La Angostura, near the hacienda of Buena Vista, where there is a pass between two high ranges of mountains. Taylors communications line was cut by Mexican cavalry the next day, and the main Mexican attack began on February 23, pressing the Americans exposed left flank facing the eastern side of the pass, which Taylor had failed to fortify. Despite the retreat of some volunteer infantry regiments, the heavy U.S. artillery fire turned back the Mexicans, and, by nightfall, they had suffered casualties of about 1,500 to Taylors 700 (though scholarly estimates of these casualties vary widely). Leaving their campfires burning as a ruse, the Mexican army retreated during the night. Taylor did not pursue Santa Anna. It was not necessary since large numbers of sick, wounded, and dispirited soldiers deserted during the retreat. In April at the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Santa Anna failed to halt the invasion of another U.S. army under General Winfield Scott, who captured Mexico City in September, thus assuring a U.S. victory in the war. Taylors victory enhanced his national reputation and helped him win the U.S. presidency in 1848.
As a conservative woman, these last few years have been a little scary. I have come to see the left hate anything or anyone who is conservative. I dont mean low-grade hate but really high octane fuelled hate. The whole debate about the appointment by President Donald Trump of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US  The post Conservatism feels like modern day leprosy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Grattan on Friday: Malcolm Turnbull is gone but son Alex keeps the climate faith, The Conversation, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra, October 11, 2018 In a Thursday video for the Wentworth byelection, Malcolm Turnbulls son Alex has denounced extremists on the hard right who, he says, have taken over the Liberal Party.
The younger Turnbull called on voters in his dads old seat to register a protest about the partys direction, and deliver a message on climate change. If you want to pull the Liberal party back from the brink, there is one clear signal you can send, he said, urging people not to vote Liberal.
Apart from the leadership coup Turnbull, a Singapore-based investment manager, highlighted energy policy to make his point about the hard rights crazy agenda.
As an investor in energy, Ive seen that in particular theres no way coal can compete anymore. Renewables have gotten too cheap, firming costs are reasonable, and really theres no trade off any more between lowering your power bills and reducing emissions. And yet still some would like to prosecute a culture war over this issue.
Kerry Schott, head of the Energy Security Board, is coming from a rather different place but at the Australian Financial Reviews energy summit this week she delivered an equally blunt...
We are sometimes flippant about the effect of Islam in NZ, but our Muslim population is increasing so we need to be vigilant about identifying abusive practices such as child marriage. Whaleoil reported on New Zealands Muslim history and population growth: quote. The number of Muslims in New Zealand according to the 2013 census is 46,149, up 28% from 36,072 in  The post Will we see child marriage here under Islam? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
New Zealand recently celebrated 125 years of votes for women. RNZ has a new podcast series Beyond Kate (Kate Sheppard)https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/beyondkate/beyondkate-20181014-1700-rights_and_ownership_over_the_female_body-192.mp3
The link provides some useful context to the podcast above. This was an interesting episode.
very timely given some of the attitudes so visible in the world today.
[Video inside] An internationally acclaimed film of Paga Hill communitys fight for justice from the illegal eviction and demolition of their homes in downtown Port Moresby has been banned from screening today at the PNG Human Rights Festival. It is known as 'The Opposition Film'. See trailer and details of showings here. There is a lot of Australian involvement in this disgraceful powerplay, including NSW court system and Australian developers. However, what is happening in PNG is also happening to Australians, who mostly fail to realise that they are also being treated and exploited like a 'developing country'.
The ban highlights the lingering limits on free speech in our country and the continued attempts to censor our story of resistance against gross human rights violations , claimed Paga Hill leader Joe Moses, the main character in The Opposition film who had to seek exile in the United Kingdom after fighting for his communitys rights.,
This censorship comes as a deep disappointment for my community who have suffered greatly over the past 6 years.
The Opposition film tells the David-and-Goliath battles of a community evicted, displaced, abandoned their homes completely demolished at the hands of two Australian-run companies, Curtain Brothers and Paga Hill Development Company, and the PNG state. What was once home to 3000 people of up to four generations, Paga Hill is now part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit AELM Precinct which will take place this November.,
Mr. Moses continued, We appreciate the PNG Human Rights Film Festival for choosing to screen The Opposition film at their Madang and Port Moresby screenings.
It is shameful that our government continues to limit free speech and put such pressure on our countrys only annual arts and human rights event. How does this make us look to the world leaders who will be coming here for the APEC meeting in November?
Under the theme Tokautnau long senisim tumora" (Speak up today to change tomorrow) the mission of the PNG Human Rights Film Festival includes We are all born free and equal in dignity and rights and that the international and local human rights films promote increased respec...
by Dee McLachlan
Remember Alex Jones? Daisy Luther wrote a report yesterday (12 October) on Investmentwatchblog entitled: Why the Coordinated Alternative Media Purge Should TERRIFY Everyone: Soon Those Who Hate Freedom Will Have Unquestioned Access to the Minds of 2 Billion People.
Popular pages like The AntiMedia (2.1 million fans), The Free Thought Project (3.1 mi...
Business set to leave Coalition behind Phillip Coorey, 12 Oct 18 Appeasing the political cancers on the right of the Liberal Party has left business furious and ready to adopt its own emissions reduction scheme. https://www.afr.com/opinion/columnists/business-readies-to-leave-coalition-right-behind-20181010-h16h9c
Whats Another Way to Say Were F-cked? https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/climate-change-sea-level-rise-737012/
One of the leading climate scientists of our time is warning of the horrifying possibility of 15-to-20 feet of sea-level rise, By JEFF GOODELL,13 Oct 18
lost nearly every hair on her body and unfortunately, her owner
didnt know how to help the 10-year-old dog.
Koncels owner was an Indonesian man named John who lived with his wife, daughter and mother-in-law near the village of Tanjung Naman on the island of Sumatra. John earned a small income on a local plantation, and Koncel would faithfully accompany John to work every day.
Credit: Stay WildBut when Koncel got sick, everything changed. She became lethargic, stopped showing interest in food and found it harder and harder to go to work with John. She also lost her fur, and her skin became hard and scabby.
Credit: Stay WildThen a friend advised John to put engine oil on Koncels skin theres a local belief that this heals dogs skin infections. But this didnt help either.
Tropical forests Between 2012 and 2017, scientists discovered 21 new species of plants and animals in Mexico (Mexico News Daily). Research finds that schemes to avoid soy-related deforestation dont always work (CIFOR Forests News). Different datasets paint diverging pictures of deforestation around the world (Yale e360). Mining and illegal logging in the Brazilian Amazon are putting communities in jeopardy (DW). Ghanaian officials consider the use of deadly force against illegal loggers (Joy Online). Myanmar has a new species of gecko (Myanmar Times). The head of Royal Dutch Shell calls for a massive reforestation campaign to fight climate change (The Guardian). A new trade agreement between Peru and the U.S. could help fight illegal deforestation (International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development). Other news Australias efforts to rehabilitate abandoned mines could inform similar efforts around the world (Ensia). Repair costs from severe storms are mounting for the U.S.s disaster relief agency (The New York Times). A climate science report warns of the challenges for humanity in the coming decades (The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Rolling Stone). REDD+ programming begins in Pakistan (Urdu Point). Seafood month is designed to draw focus on sustainability, NOAA says (NOAA Fisheries). Chinese logging demand extends to Russia and Zambia (The Epoch Times). This years Nobel Prize in Economics goes to researchers investigating the impact of climate on economic growth (BBC News). Oil giant ExxonMobil backs a carbon tax-and-dividend plan (The Washington Post). Asian demand for sea cucumbers from
The intelligence agencies of the US, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have been cooperating closely on countering China's "foreign activities" since the start of the year, Reuters reports. The so-called Five Eyes network is also sharing intelligence with allies such as Germany and Japan, in what has become a multinational coalition against Beijing's alleged foreign meddling. Washington and its partners have accused China of using foreign investments to pull political strings - an accusation that Beijing denies. "Consultations with our allies, with like-minded partners, on how to respond to China's assertive international strategy have been frequent and are gathering momentum," a US official told Reuters. The unnamed source added that informal discussions on the matter have quickly turned into "detailed consultations on best practices and further opportunities for cooperation."
From my home city, once again in the news. An example of another male oppressor. And as it says at the link: If you didnt notice this video was satirical, thats a commentary on you. Even has an Australian angle towards the end. And below, a bit more from the Old Dominion, the incomparable Janice Fiamengo.
Comes with this in the comments which is an issue all on its own:
YouTube is demonetizing videos that are critical of the Left. This makes it nearly impossible for critics of feminism to survive off of their work. A viral video like this one would normally gather $2,000 per day in ad revenue, but because it criticizes a feminist position this revenue is denied. This is part of the bias that we are fighting.
PMID: Cell Biochem Biophys. 2010 ;56(1):39-47. PMID: 19851891 Abstract Title: The influence of 1800 MHz GSM-like signals on hepatic oxidative DNA and lipid damage in nonpregnant, pregnant, and newly born rabbits. Abstract: The aim of our study is to evaluate the possible biological effects of whole-body 1800 MHz GSM-like radiofrequency (RF) radiation exposure on liver oxidative DNA damage and lipid peroxidation levels in nonpregnant, pregnant New Zealand White rabbits, and in their newly borns. Eighteen nonpregnant and pregnant rabbits were used and randomly divided into four groups which were composed of nine rabbits: (i) Group I (nonpregnant control), (ii) Group II (nonpregnant-RF exposed), (iii) Group III (pregnant control), (iv) Group IV (pregnant-RF exposed). Newborns of the pregnant rabbits were also divided into two groups: (v) Group V (newborns of Group III) and (vi) Group VI (newborns of Group III). 1800 MHz GSM-like RF radiation whole-body exposure (15 min/day for a week) was applied to Group II and Group IV. No significant differences were found in liver 8 OHdG/10(6) dG levels of exposure groups (Group II and Group IV) compared to controls (Group I and Group III). However, in Group II and Group IV malondialdehyde (MDA) and ferrous oxidation in xylenol orange (FOX) levels were increased compared to Group I (P0.05, Mann-Whitney) while liver FOX levels were found significantly increased in Group VI with respect to Group V (P
The third tension that Boettke identified in the final chapter on The Hayekian Legacy is between moral intuitions and moral demands. This is one of the topics that Boettke would like to see pursued to realise the potential of the program that emerges from Hayeks unfinished business the loose ends of the tapestry of his thoughts.
That is not a small program and he touches on some aspects of it the pioneering work of Deirdre McCloskey on the role of ideas in the cultural domain (sadly overlooking the great work of Michael Novak), essentially unpacking the implications of a full-blooded institutional turn summed up the importance of rules of the game.
While admittedly not the most philosophically sophisticated, perhaps the most analytically productive definition of institutions is simply the formal and informal rules of the game and their enforcement in a given society 
I dont know how much philosophical sophistication is required here but the analytical productivity is seismic. In a nutshell the rules of the game approach unifies Karl Poppers philosophy of science and society, and links it with the work of his (almost) lifelong friend and correspondent Hayek.
I promised Pete that I would limit myself to one small plaintive whinge at the very end of my review and here it is.
He has flagged a newish book Exact Thinking in Demented Times. The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science. I am keen to find out what is being said about this movement that launched the dominant philosophy of science for almost a hundred years. It was based on two key ideas.
1. The verification principle that only statements that can be empirically verifiable are meaningful. The rest is literally nonsense (with a special dispensation for logic and mathematics). That never worked and one has an image of the circle huddled for years around the dying embers of the verification principle.
2. The quest for a logic of induction that would provide a foundation for science based on sensations from our sense organs. The quest continues, having added no value for working scientists.
Chairman Karl, the Great Helmsman of Critical Rationalism effectively strangled the ideas of the positivists at birth but he did not prevent them from lodging like cancer cells in the great universities of the west when Hitler drove the Circle members out of Europe (think of logical empiricism as Hitlers revenge). Young Chairman Karl got on a different boat and went to Christchurch NZ where he spent his spare time writing a big book of political philosophy. Under the bad influence of his friend Colin Simkin he took little interest in cricket and less in football but he could have developed his situational analysis model by talk...
The hypocrisy is astounding in this one. ABC News reports: quote. Billionaire Sir Richard Branson has likened climate change to World War III and criticised the Australian Government for failing to do more to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions. The Virgin founder said he is testing new recycled aviation fuel to be used in his  The post Richard Branson says coal should be a thing of the past appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Liam McLoughlin reports from East Sydney Private Hospital, where Alex Turnbull is reported to be suffering one of the worst recorded cases of cognitive dissonance in medical history.
There are serious concerns for the mental health of Alex Turnbull this morning after finding out that the man who said if anyone had a vested interest in showing you that you could do really smart, clean things with coal, its us is his father.
Alex opened an email from a concerned citizen at 6:30am this morning to find this list of heinous environmental actions carried out by the former Prime Minister.
Click on image for a high-res view The Great I.Q. Generalisation I really cannot vouch to the accuracy of these statistics but can state that I am not surprised. Africa is a case in point; corruption and crime (including rape and murder) are rife. Leaders cant seem to invest money in areas of education, health and  The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
A pianist was playing in a night club, getting a few requests and some tips.
Towards the end of the night, a man walked up with a wad of bills in his hand and asked the pianist to play a jazz chord.
She played an A Major 7.
He said, No, no. A jazz chord.
She did a little improvisational thing, but he didnt like that either.
No, no, no! A jazz chord. You know, A jazz chord, to say, ah love you.'
John Turnbull checks out recent releases from Twenty One Pilots, The Living End, John Butler Trio and Southeast Desert Metal. read now...
Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. I wrote a comment on Tesla and the Powerwall a few days ago: I cant personally speak to the quality of Teslas vehicles, but Ive had a Powerwall 2 at home since the end of June and, as a working professional in the solar + 
It will come as absolutely no surprise that the following incoherent piece of privileged, self-indulgent tosh was written for The Guardian. I read it so you dont have to, but, Oh Lord, give me strength, there are days I wish I didnt. Bidisha, it will also come as absolutely no surprise to anyone, is an  The post She writes for the Guardian appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Yesterday Adam posted on the issue of On-Line Voting here are some comments from the thread at the Stuff article
The overwhelming view is this is not a good idea.
PMID: Cell Biochem Biophys. 2013 Nov ;67(2):743-51. PMID: 23526187 Abstract Title: Effects of prenatal and postnatal exposure to GSM-like radiofrequency on blood chemistry and oxidative stress in infant rabbits, an experimental study. Abstract: We aimed to investigate the potential hazardous effects of prenatal and/or postnatal exposure to 1800 MHz GSM-like radiofrequency radiation (RFR) on the blood chemistry and lipid peroxidation levels of infant rabbits. A total of 72 New Zealand female and male white rabbits aged 1-month were used. Thirty-six female and 36 male were divided into four groups which were composed of nine infants: (i) Group 1 were the sham exposure (control), (ii) Group 2 were exposed to RFR, 15 min daily for 7 days in the prenatal period (between 15th and 22nd days of the gestational period) (prenatal exposure group). (iii) Group 3 were exposed to RFR 15 min/day (14 days for male, whereas 7 days for female)after they reached 1-month of age (postnatal exposure group). (iv) Group 4 were exposed to RFR for 15 min daily during 7 days in the prenatal period (between 15th and 22nd days of the gestational period) and 15 min/day (14 days for male, whereas 7 days for female) after they reached 1-month ofage (prenatal and postnatal exposure group). Results showed that serum lipid peroxidation level in both female and male rabbits changed due to the RFR exposure. However, different parameters of the blood biochemistry were affected by exposure in male and female infants. Consequently, the whole-body1800 MHz GSM-like RFR exposure may lead to oxidative stress and changes on some blood chemistry parameters. Studies on RFR exposure during prenatal and postnatal periods will help to establish international standards for the protection of pregnants and newborns from environmental RFR.
A United Nations mistranslation concealed Abbas glorification of terrorists and the Palestinian Authorities pay for slay policy. Quote:  The parts that were changed are very significant. When Abbas said I pay tribute to our pure Martyrs and our heroic prisoners, he was paying tribute to imprisoned and killed terrorists, including hundreds of murderers of civilians. This  The post Things that make you go hmmm appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Lasts reminder of Laframboises critique of the IPCC. Now over 1100 visits.
Solutioneering is a term invented to describe the standard practice of ideologues and bureaucrats empowered by Big Government. James Gordon described the process thus: 1 The Solutioneer (S) identifies a Problem (practically any problem will do). 2 It is designated as a Very Big Problem. 3 The Solution is announced. 4 the Solutioneer advises that the rather steep price is not a worry because it is not really a cost, it is an Investment and also it will Cost More to Fix Later. 5 It is a Very Urgent Problem so there can be no delay. 6 Carping critics who claim (a) it is not such a serious problem and (b) there are better and cheaper ways to go are scolded for (a) not knowing anything and (b) being wicked ideologues (and criminally irresponsible).
In a nutshell, solutioneering is a solution in search of a problem.
Think the NBN, Pink Bats and most of the schemes introduced on the run by the Rudd and Gillard governments.
Consider the IPCC and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
At a speech celebrating the 20th birthday of the IPCC the chairman stated The UNFCCC is our main customer, if I could label them as such, and our interaction with them enriches the relevance of our work (Laframboise p 79).
The UNFCCC convened in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and it turns out that they are the Arch Solutioneers behind the whole climate scam. Nearly 30 years ago they decided that greenhouse gasses are The Problem and 154 nations signed up in principle, followed in due course by the Kyoto Protocol which is a key component of the UNFCCC process.
So for 20 years the UNFCCC had a brief to reduce human emissions and failing to do so would be nothing less than criminal irresponsibility. The IPCC is the device to recruit scientists to support the agenda. Observe the steps:
Step one was the political decision that a greenhouse gas treaty was a worthy and achievable goal.
Step two was the recognition that before such a treaty could be negotiated, certain documents representing a common understanding were required.
Step three involved enlisting scientists to help produce such documents. (p.80)
Laframboises point is that the UN did not wait for climate science to mature, 19 years ago political operators in the organization decided on the solution to a problem that legitimate climate scientists never depicted in alarming terms.
The Royal Commission trundles on.
And most carefully avoids addressing the issue that really matters: How widespread are the problems that its exposing?
Bringing in a tiny fraction of the many people who were wronged by banks, financial advisors, super funds and mortgage brokers reveals some outrageous stories. But those have been popping up in the media for ages.
In the years before the Royal Commission, Today Tonight, A Current Affair and 7:30 all featured stories that didnt lead to outrage.
The very same stories were suddenly deemed national news when the Royal Commission exposed them.
The Australian newspaper covered the court cases that shouldve made people realise the state of mortgage lending in Australia.
There were a lot of them.
But once precedent was established, most cases were settled by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) in secret.
Every now and then, the banks were dumb enough to forget to include non-disclosure agreements in their FOS settlements.
I remember a story where twins or sisters were able to go public about the absurd loan they were given. They told the interviewer about how the FOS had written off a huge chunk of their loan at the expense of the lender.
Thanks to the media and my own research, I explained all this in a speech in 2013. You can find it here.
It has been watched 37,000 times. In the comments section, people tell me Im wrong and an idiot for exposing what the Royal Commission is discovering now.
But back to my point. Nobody has looked into how widespread these problems are. Surely the point of the Royal Commission is just that?
The lack of a systemic investigation is letting the banks and mortgage brokers off the hook.
It presents them with their escape plan on a silver platter. All they have to do is argue that what the Royal Commission looked into were isolated cases.
The Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) has claimed just that in their response to the Royal Commissions interim report.
Heres how the mortgage broking industrys magazine Broker News summarised the MFAAs response to the Royal Commissions interim report: there is no evidence of systemic misconduct
The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Theres no evidence that misconduct is systemic because nobody ever looked. Calling the investigation a Royal Commission just makes it seem like they looked.
Instead, the Commission just paraded a tiny fraction of the cases and individuals in...
Matthew Hooton, in his Newspaper column, reports: quote. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describes her goal of New Zealand achieving net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 as my generations nuclear-free moment. Mondays release of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C by the UNs Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was an opportunity for her  The post Hooton on Jacindas lack of integrity appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Classic BBC Radio comedy with John Cleese,Tim Brooke-Taylor,Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden
Im Sorry Ill Read That Again was billed as a radio custard pie this show ran for 8 years and starred Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie, John Otto Cleese, Jo Kendall and David Hatch and it was produced by Humphrey Barclay. Music was provided by Dave Lee and his band. The show sprang from the Cambridge University undergraduate revues, with the pilot of the series being a recording of the West End show, Cambridge Circus. The shows title came from a phrase commonly used by BBC newsreaders after a stumble or mistake, and established the series irreverent tone. It was first broadcast on the BBC Home Service in 1964 (subsequent series were broadcast on the BBC Light Programme). ISIRTA, as it later became more well know as is notable for the amount of talent that festered within the group. Oddie and Garden wrote the scripts with contributions from the others, and this team later, with Tim Brook-Taylor went on to form The Goodies on TV, while John Cleese became a founding member of Monty Pythons Flying Circus
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Discussion on migrants can raise strong reactions depending on our experience of them. There are two sides to the migrant story and this one is about how migrants are exploited here in New Zealand. A common thread to migrant complaints about exploitation is that it is often carried out by fellow migrants. There have been  The post We have to monitor our migrant employers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
This is from a post on What Media Bias Looks like taken from The Other McCain.
Rush Limbaugh has remarked that if all he wanted to talk about was media bias, he could spend all day, every day talking about it. As someone whos been in the conservative journalism business for more than 20 years of my 32-year career, I know exactly what Rush means. Our job, as communicators on the Right, is to attempt to counteract the tsunami of left-wing propaganda from the major media establishment. When I was working the national desk at The Washington Times, my job often involved editing wire copy to remove liberal bias. For example, take the latest item from the Associated Press and remove those phrases and clauses that represented an intrusion subtle or explicit of political prejudice. I became very adept at such work, and also was a master of what you might call the compiled summary. A mass shooting happens, for example, and you assemble a 500-word story with bits and pieces from multiple sources (AP, Reuters, local newspaper coverage, etc.) to present the event in a neutral way, rather than as a rallying cry for new gun-control laws (which is how the Washington Post would report it).
Most journalists live inside an echo-chamber of liberalism, and therefore have no concept of whats wrong with their worldview. Limbaugh has pointed out that many liberals go into the journalism business because they want to make a difference. They consider themselves missionaries of enlightenment, battling the forces of ignorance, and the only way they ever look at a Republican is down. The type of people who work at CNN or the New York Times view GOP voters as so far beneath them morally and intellectually inferior that they dont even deserve to be noticed, except insofar as they deserve to be hated. It is impossible to exaggerate the contempt with which Jim Acosta or Carol Costello regard the 63 million people who voted for Donald Trump. And what the soi-disant elite media cannot be bothered to contemplate is that their prejudice is a result of their own ignorance. It would be interesting, if you just happened to encounter Mika Brzezinski at a cocktail party, to say, Have you ever read...
A former WA corporate affairs chief has provided sworn evidence for the criminal prosecution of Julia Gillard over her allegedly misleading and deceptive evidence to the Trade Union Royal Commission. The prosecution relates to the use of an apparently forged letter during Ms Gillard's evidence to the Royal Commission. The...
Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Location: View From My Windscreen. Hilux SRV (2013), Ericka The Red. Departmental road 105, around Km 69 and 1980m up in the coastal foothills of the Andes of northen Per. This bit of the road takes some 20km and around 33 hairpins to climb 1200m  The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of whom had previously written for The Two Ronnies, of whom Corbett was one half.
Sorry! is based around Timothy Lumsden who, 41 years old in the first three series (his age increased to 42 and then 48 in subsequent series Corbett was actually 50-57 during the series run), is a librarian who still lives at home with his domineering mother Phyllis and henpecked father Sidney. Although quite shy around women, Timothy longs to find love and leave home, but Phyllis is always against the idea, and constantly manipulates her son into staying at home. One of the running gags of the series is Sidney frequently shouting Language, Timothy! when he feels Timothy has said something inappropriate (though most times nobody would typically find the words even close to offensive). Timothy usually responds Sorry father, but sometimes snaps Shut up, father! to which Sidney always replies Fair enough.
The writers used this to clever effect in one episode when Timothy is boasting about his acadmeic achievements; I got two passes in English, Literature and the other one, at which point Sidney walks past and says Language, Timothy.
In contrast, Timothys friend Frank and sister Muriel urge Timothy to stand up to his mother once and for all. Muriel had successfully left home, and married Kevin, and as a result is viewed with distrust by her mother.
October 8th- 14th marks Mental Health Awareness Week. Co-op farmer Wayne Langford knows what its like to suffer from mental illness. Hes the man behind the YOLO (You Only Live Once) farmer blog. He shares his story about owning up to his illness and how the YOLO project helped him cope with depression.
I was pretty down in the dumps I referred to it as a rough patch, my wife called it what it really was depression. We were lying in bed one morning and she said, well, what are we going to do? Because we cant go on like this.
Most people who knew Wayne Langford knew this about him. He was 34, married to his wife Tyler and the father of three boys. He was a 6th generation dairy farmer who owned and ran his Golden Bay farm. He was a proud Fonterra supplier and was the Federated Farmers Dairy Vice Chairman. . .
New Zealand trade negotiators are trying to get their European counterparts to recognise Kiwi agricultural exports are small-fry in comparison to the regional blocs farming sector.
The second round of free-trade negotiations between NZ and the European Union is under way in Wellington with 31 European officials in the capital to discuss a deal politicians say theyre keen to fast-track. . .
An innovative approach to monitoring farm
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bonuses for farming excellence.
Miraka, a Taupo-based milk processor with more than 100 suppliers, is offering bonuses to farmers who meet the five criteria set out in its Te Ara Miraka Farming Excellence programme people, the environment, animal welfare, milk quality and prosperity. . .
Despite the fact they are not out of the woods yet, cattle farmers are starting to consider life after Mycoplasma bovis.
Finding that pathway will be helped by a special...
Australia is considering banning new migrants from living in its largest cities, under new plans to reduce congestion in urban areas. Government data reveals that nearly 70% of the 186,000 migrants who moved to Australia last year arrived on skilled migrant visas and nearly all of them settled in Sydney or Melbourne.
by Celine Nahory
[Editors Note: During the Cold War, the UNSC seemed to be neutered by the fact that both superpowers held a veto. Celine Nahory argues that even after 1989 the power of the P5, the Permanent Five (US, UK, France, Russia, China) still rules the roost by other means. Although there are ten other members with 2-year terms on the UNSC, sometimes including Australia, these cannot overcome the powerful. Celine Nahory wrote this article in 2004 for Global Policy Forum under the title The Hidden Veto.]
The Hidden Veto
The veto has always loomed over the work of the UN Securi...
Vanilla essence Real vanilla essence and so easy to make 2 vanilla pods 200 mls vodka 80% proof (I use Absolut or brandy) 2 tsp sugar Chop up the vanilla pods Mix together with the vodka and sugar Seal in airtight jar in a dark place Shake every day or 2 Ready in a month  The post Recipe of the week appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
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Mr Ruddocks report is out Um, when I say its out, I think I need to be clear here. Its out in the sense that the government has had it for five months and they needed time to consider what it said before they discussed it as a party where the considered and thoughtful discussions
The greatest battles of World War II, the most colossal encounters of military force, the most devastating human losses which the modern world has ever seen, occurred on Russian soil during 1941-1945, on a battlefield that is unknown to most Americans. The conflict between Hitlers Germany and Stalins Russia claimed more than 30 million lives. On the early morning of June 22, 1941, the Nazi Wehrmacht had amassed 4.2 million crack troops along a front that stretched for 1,800 miles, and Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union began. The Nazi high command was extremely confident, expecting the total collapse of Stalins Russia within six weeks. In reality, The Unknown War raged on for nearly four years. Before it finished, the Nazis and Soviets fought the single greatest campaign in military history. The Unknown War covers that period of history beginning in June 1941, when Germany launched its surprise attack on Russia, through to the end of the war. The Unknown War was a landmark television series, detailing the drama of the Eastern European front during World War II. Academy Award Winner Burt Lancaster hosts the 20 part series. Film footage from Soviet archives comprises a major portion of the series, supplemented by film from both the United States and British archives. Burt Lancaster spent three weeks in eight cities in Russia, for location filming. The Unknown War was made as a counter to the deliberate distortions in the Anglo-American series The World At War, which chose to give as much coverage to the US in Italy as it did to the Red Army at war from the Arctic to the Black Sea. So blatant was the politically motivated distortion in The World At War that the Soviet authorities ultimately refused to cooperate in its production. Instead they set out to make a documentary series of their own that would tell the real story of the War in the East. The Eastern (Russian) Front of WW2 has been side-lined in the Western media for decades, reduced to just one aspect of the War, if it is even mentioned at all. Certainly there is never any recognition given to the fact that it was the main, decisive arena of WW2, the scene of a titanic struggle that, at the cost of 30 million Soviet lives, saved the world from fascism. Made by the USSRs Central Documentary Film Studios, The Unknown War dealt exhaustively with the war on the Soviet front. Narrated by Burt Lancaster, who also appeared on camera, the series featured interviews with many participants from numerous battles, partisan campaigns and SS massacres. It showed the destruction, the sacrifice and th...
Australia has been described as the front line of the battle for climate change adaptation, and our farmers are the ones who have to lead the charge. Farmers will have to cope, among other pressures, with longer droughts, more erratic rainfall, higher temperatures, and changes to the timing of seasons.
Yet, puzzlingly enough to many commentators, climate denial has been widespread among farmers and in the ranks of the National Party, which purports to represent their interests.
I think this is a fair point: The millions of victims of Saudi Arabias genocide in Yemen, dirty war on Syria or internal beheading spree never receive anything near the level of sympathy the elite media class displays here. It took allegations of murdering one of their own to turn on MBS. The millions of 
Sandwich bread sales in Dunedin could soon be toast.
A spokeswoman for Foodstuffs, which controls New World, Pakn Save and Four Square, said its shoppers preferred toast bread to sandwich bread.
Demand for sandwich bread had continued to fall in recent years.
People like a thicker, more generous slice, but we think that another factor is that there are so many other options for sandwiches available today. From ciabatta and seed-studded loaves to flavoured wraps, pita breads and crackers. . .
Crumbs! Bread makers and retailers must be crackers if they think sandwich sliced bread is toast.
Some people might like a thicker more generous slice but I swapped from Vogels to Burgen bread when the former dropped sandwich slices which the latter still produces.
As for fancy breads, wraps and crackers, they have their place, but that is not encasing the cheese roll filling or asparagus, with or without the addition of Whitestone Windsor Blue cheese; or for making club sandwiches.
Cheese rolls are generally only found on the right side of the Waitaki River, asparagus rolls and club sandwiches feature at lunches and teas and suppers further afield.
Wherever theyre found, and feature, they will be lost if thin sliced sandwich bread can no longer be sourced and part of our culinary heritage will go too.
That would be really crumby
Only one month in, and progress seems to be slowing already. Certainly more salt amongst the pepper than when I last had one of these arrangements about 25 years ago. If you wish to contribute to Beards of Whaleoil then please send us a photo. Any form of facial hair is considered and you can be  The post Beards of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
One of our Hawkes Bay readers has contacted us with a fabulous offer ! Paul has extended an open invitation for all Oilers who wish to come to the Hawkes Bay and experience an easy relaxing stay on a vineyard, which is close to wineries and golf courses. There is a five bedroom house booked  The post End of year gathering in Hawkes Bay appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Good grief, what is it with this government? Why must they put rabid greenies into every position? Meet Simon Kingham, your new Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Transport. A man who hasnt owned a personal car since the 1990s! You would think that someone who is tasked with supplying scientific advice to the  The post Ministry of Transport Chief Science Advisor doesnt own a car! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Another good lecture on a very interesting topic
Its official. Nobody on Earth knows what to believe anymore. At the United Nations (UN) experts say were on a collision course with climate disaster. In Washington D.C. the news is just Looney Tunes. In Britain, experts ramp up their claims Vladimir Putins popularity is failing again. But the ridiculous report Ive read in the last two years comes from the World Economic Forum (WEF). Read on and be amazed.
The same people who have spent the last few decades stealing the legacy of humanity have cooked up a new fairy tale with everyman as the hero. A few days ago the Swiss NGO proclaimed that Half the World is Now Middle Class or Wealthier. While this sinks into your psyche, let me cite the lead of their report:
Something of enormous global significance is happening almost without notice. For the first time since agriculture-based civilization began 10,000 years ago, the majority of humankind is no longer poor or vulnerable to falling into poverty.
Thats right, according to the 1% business, banking, and political leaders that run the WEF there are currently 3.85 billion burbs driving around to the mall in Chevrolets, in case you havent noticed. Now let me help you understand the kind of lunatics were are dealing with way up yonder in Switzerland.
This new claim by the rocket scientist economists at WEF is based on some really stupid math. For instance, according to these elitist nincompoops, middle-class people spend in between $11 and $110 dollars per day on essentials. So, a family with something around $330 dollars a month to buy food, etc. is able to weather economic shocks, take vacations and buy refrigerators. The fact these goofuses lumped the destitute of most developed countries in with people eating filet mignon for breakfast ($110 a day is ten times $11?) is a form of economics retardation for me. Its like everybody who ever went to Davos has a reality disability.
Forgive me here, but I find it fascinating that the Swiss yodelers of world sustainability and economic health are citing the same Bill & Melinda Gates report I bashed in an earlier article. Let me quote the WEF story again:
A lot has been written about the worlds progress in reducin...
Okay, so youve tried our delicious meat products from The Whale Meat Company and you would like to enjoy it on a regular basis. We have made it as easy as possible for you to keep getting your favourite products every week fortnight or month We do not want you to risk running out. We do not  The post Regularly order Restaurant quality meat the EASY way appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the  The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Big news not reported in mainstream yet.
From the latest Household Incomes Report, (Headline findings), the source of official statistics for child poverty:
The 2018 reports do not publish low-income and material hardship rates for children for 2016 and 2017:
o Last years reports noted that several of the key rates for children for 2016 were surprisingly low compared with the relatively flat stable trend for the previous three years and warned against reaching any definitive conclusions on the short-run trends using the 2016 figures. The 2017 figures are much the same as the 2016 figures. There are no known factors in the economy, the housing market or policy change that can explain the falls to 2016 and 2017. While sampling error can account for some of the difference, considerable uncertainty remains.
o Stats NZ is scheduled to report on these statistics for children in their new Child Poverty Report in early 2019, using more up to date survey information, supplemented with administrative data.
o MSD has therefore decided to take a pause on reporting these rates for children in the 2018 reports. Stats NZ supports this cautious approach.
"...the 2016 and 2017 samples may have some sample bias away
from poorer households with children. As noted above (para 17), one way that sample bias can occur is through non-responders being different from the responders in important ways that are not addressed by standard weighting procedures. If, for example, it proves more difficult to get responses from households with low incomes or high material hardship than it does to get responses from better off households, then the sample is likely to be biased and the bottom end will likely look better off than expected. The investigation to date is not conclusive on this, and does not explain why it suddenly appeared, but it does point to something unusual happening with the samples."
44 We have briefed the following parties on the decision to not publish low-incom...
Many things are not going well for this government, and some of them are beyond their control. They do have control over how much tax they put onto fuel, but they have no control over the international oil price. They did crash business confidence, causing the dollar to start to fall, but the strengthening greenback  The post The $22 billion fiscal hole appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
On Monday Jacinda Ardern told us fuel companies were fleecing us.
Yesterday we learned two taxes were missing from her numbers:
Prime Minister Jacinda Arderns calculation of how much extra tax Kiwis are paying at the petrol pump on Monday did not include the recent excise tax or Aucklands Regional Fuel tax.
National Leader Simon Bridges said the Prime Minister has got this badly wrong, and has made a staggering mistake.
But a spokesman for the Prime Minister said her comments were based on the most accurate information Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) had compiled at that time. . .
Between October 27, 2017 and September 28 this year, petrol prices have risen 39c, according to MBIE data Ardern said just 6.8c of that increase was due to taxes and levies.
That 6.8c increase is made up of a 1.77c increase in Emissions Trading Scheme (EST) taxes and 5.04c of GST over the same period, MBIE data shows.
But the 10c a litre Auckland Regional Fuel Tax and 3.5c a litre fuel excise tax, introduced on September 30, were not included in the taxes and levies side of Arderns equation.
Whats worse: a Ministry that doesnt know what almost every motorist could have told them, or a Prime Minister and staff who dont ensure the numbers are right, which means right up to date?
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Another interesting item from Country Life
The Jerusalem Post reported on the Jerusalem Magistrate Courts ruling that two Kiwi activists who were influential in convincing Lorde to cancel her Tel Aviv concert planned for June this year should pay damages to three Israeli ticket holders. Quote.  two New Zealand Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists must pay damages totaling NIS 45,000  The post Maybe Lorde can offer to pay their fine? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
The Matthew Blomfield versus Cameron Slater defamation trial started last Monday, but I still cant find any media coverage, so its hard to know exactly what is going on. Slater posted on it at Whale Oil on Tuesday but he claimed this: Legal action was started six years ago, but given the nature of [redacted], 
It was only ever a matter of time. The report came out last week that the world is going to hell in yet another handcart. Apparently, if we dont all go back to living as they did in the Stone Ages, we are all doomed. The greenies are forbidding us from doing even more stuff. Plastic  The post Now they are coming for your meat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
TUMBY BAY - The purchase of 40 very expensive Italian motorcars to be used for a few days during APEC and then sold off seems to be an incredibly stupid and callous act on the part of the Papua New Guinean government.
It makes you wonder what they are trying to prove with such unabashed extravagance.
Maserati eh! Emi samting nating, olgeta man meri blong PNG save raun long dispel kain kar. Ol tisa, dokta na olgeta raun olosem, pasin blong mipela tasol.
["Nah, Maserati! They're nothing, everyone in PNG travels in this kind of vehicle. Teachers, doctors, everyone travels like this, it's the way we do things here."]
Perhaps more than anything else, this episode aptly illustrates the irrationality and chaos that characterises Papua New Guinean politics and governance.
Is it any wonder that democracy and the Westminster system of government has failed so miserably in such a place?
When logic and order comes up against the irrational and the chaotic it stands no chance at all.
Not that logic and order dont have their own problems, especially if they are overdone like we in the west tend to do.
Running a country that is based on irrationality and chaos by trying to impose on it the sort of regimentation that passes for governance in the west doesnt sound like a very good idea at all.
Its a pity we didnt realise this before 1975.
When the vast majority of people in Papua New Guinea get up in the morning they probably have only a vague idea about what they are going to do for the rest of the day.
Go to the garden? Try a bit of fishing? Laze about in the sun? Who knows? Let the day decide. Whatever needs doing will get done, one way or another.
Contrast that to someone in the west. Wake at precisely 6am, wolf down a hasty breakfast, get to the...
PMID: J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Sep 27. Epub 2018 Sep 27. PMID: 30265356 Abstract Title: Role of Selenium Intake for Risk and Development of Hyperthyroidism. Abstract: Purpose: To investigate the importance of dietary Se supply for hyperthyroidism.Methods: We performed a more in-depth analysis of a large cross-sectional study of 6152 participants from two counties within the Shaanxi Province, China, which are characterized by different habitual Se intakes, and investigated the effects of different dietary Se supply (0.02, 0.18, 0.6 or 2.0 ppm Se) on disease development in a mouse model of GD.Results: The cross-sectional study revealed a comparable prevalence of hyperthyroidism irrespective of Se intake in both counties. However, an unexpected sex-specific difference was noted, and Se deficiency may constitute risk factor for hyperthyroidism particularly in males. In the mouse model, pathological thyroid morphology was affected, and higher Se intakes exerted some protecting effects on the pathological distortion. Circulating thyroid hormone levels, malondialdehyde concentrations, total antioxidant capacity or the titer of GD-causing TSH receptor autoantibodies (TRAb) were not affected by Se. Expression analysis of transcripts in spleen indicated regulatory effects on genes implicated in the immune response, erythropoiesis and oxygen status. However, the humoral immune response including the ratio of CD4/CD8 or Th1/Th2 cells, and the concentration of Treg cells were similar between the experimental groups, despite their varying Se intakes.Conclusions: Our data highlight a novel sexual dimorphism for the interaction of Se and thyroid disease risk in humans, and indicate local protective effects of Se on thyroid gland integrity which appear not to be reflected in the circulating biomarkers tested.
A recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that warned of the possible effects of climate change largely focussed on what might be a less bad scenario than what some say is possible. Temperature rise predictions are scientifically backed but are still just predictions. Some say things wont be as bad (based on what apart 
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And then I recalled all the gossip about all the prime ministers since Ive been a journalistPaul Keating he and Annita would divorce because he was secretly gay.
Sydney Morning Herald article below
In 1993 I received my Australian citizenship from then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating at the Sydney Town Hall in front of thousands of people at a special commemoration citizenship ceremony.
I was chosen because I was a New Zealand emigrant businessman whod done well in Australia. I was the only Anglo-Saxon and the other candidates for citizenship came from all over the world. The Australian government was illustrating the multiculturalism of Australia.
Paul Keating arrived with a large entourage and fanfare. Assistants and media, the whole shebang. He was quite something in those days and knew how to play the game, maintain the invincibility and aura.
Paul Keating made a total mess of the Australian economy.
When Paul Keating was Australian Federal Treasurer in the late 1980s, under his economic governance, and as a direct result of him dismantling Australian tariffs on imports carte blanche, the Australian economy went into a major recession. It was all Pauls fault and yet to this day Paul sees himself as an economic hero.
Paul Keatings gayness
I really dont give a toss about whether Paul Keating is gay or not.
Paul lives with his boyfriend in Potts Point so he must be gay....
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Another National barking at a passing (albeit more expensively fueled) car. This is a further devaluing of petitions that used to be a means of public pressure on governments. Weekly or monthly petitions render the democratic tool largely worthless. Whenever I see a petition these days, if the political party or activist organisation behind it 
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KEVIN PONNIAH | BBC News
LONDON - Papua New Guinea's government is under scrutiny for importing 40 luxury Maserati cars from Italy for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
The Quattroporte sedans, which cost more than $100,000 each (K325,000), will be used by foreign leaders.
Media and activists have questioned if the poor Pacific country has wasted millions.
But the government says the private sector has "committed" to paying.
APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko said the cars would "provide the level of carriage for leaders that is the standard for vehicles used at APEC summits".
Pictures of the cars arriving at Port Moresby airport on chartered cargo planes were shared on social media and sparked concern that taxpayer money was being wasted on the lavish purchase.
Mr Tkatchenko told The Australian newspaper that some money had been paid by the government as "a deposit to get everything here" but that the cars were "selling like hotcakes" and would not end up as a government burden.
He has not revealed how much the government has already spent on the cars nor who might be buying them and at what cost.
Prime minister Peter O'Neill has also insisted that the government "will not be out of any funds".
Chinese president Xi Jinping and US vice-president Mike Pence are both expected to attend the high-profile regional gathering, which takes place next month.
Keith Jackson, a blogger on PNG issues, told the BBC that the cars were part of an effort by leaders to project an image of "sophistication" ahead of the summit, including prettying up the capital, Port Moresby, with new roads and buildings.
"And this all at a time when infectious diseases like polio, TB and malaria have re-emerged in the country, school teachers are not being paid and the bulk of its eight million peo...
This video says about itself:
Lizards have REM sleep too
28 April 2016
From the CNRS in France:
Do lizards dream like us?
October 11, 2018
Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University / Universit Jean Monnet), together with a colleague from the MECADEV research laboratory (CNRS / Musum National dHistoire Naturelle) (1) have confirmed that lizards exhibit two sleep states, just like humans, other mammals, and birds. They corroborated the conclusions of a 2016 study on the bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) and conducted the same sleep investigation on another lizard, the Argentine tegu (Salvator merianae). Their findings, published in PLOS Biology (October 11, 2018), nevertheless point out differences between species, which raises new questions about the origin of sleep states.
During sleep, the body carries out many vital activities: consolidation of knowledge acquired during the day, elimination of metabolic waste from the brain, hormone production, temperature regulation, and replenishment of energy stores. It would appear that this physiological phenomenon is shared by all members of the animal kingdom and has been preserved throughout evolution. But scientists long thought that only land mammals and birds experienced two separate sleep states: slow-wave sleep and REM, or paradoxical, sleep. The latter, associated with dreaming, is a complex phase during which the body exhibits behaviors in limbo between those of sleeping and waking hours.
A study whose findings were published by Science in 2016 focused on the bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) and demonstrated that this lizard also entered two distinct sleep states. It further hypothesized that such sleep states originated in a common ancestor of mammals and reptiles, 350 million years ago.
The team of researchers from the CNRS and Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University began by replicating the 2016 bearded dragon experiment. They then conducted a new investigation using anot...
The Jerusalem Magistrates Court has ruled that two New Zealand Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists must pay damages totaling NIS 45,000 for their role in the cancellation of a scheduled Lorde concert in Tel Aviv. -Jpost The post Faces of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
The word for today is diphthong (noun) A complex speech sound or glide that begins with one vowel and gradually changes to another vowel within the same syllable, as (oi) in boil or () in fine. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : A union of two vowels pronounced in one syllable, late 15th  The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
THE political stunts and partisanship over the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court should make Australians feel lucky. The stand-out element of stability in the Australian political system during the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd-Abbott-Turnbull madness has been appointments to the High Court.
There were eight during that time. Every one was warmly welcomed by national and state legal practitioners associations and more importantly by the non-appointing side of politics. Each of the appointees had a strong record in state supreme courts or the federal court, except one who had a solid record as Commonwealth Solicitor-General, a role that requires extensive opinion writing of the sort High Court judges do.
None was labeled small-l liberal or conservative. None gave rise to any political controversy.
That is how it should be. The only question is why.
It may be because we do not have any Senate confirmation process or other political oversight over appointments
It may be because the High Courts role is different from that of the US Supreme Court. Our High Court not only interprets the Constitution as in the US. It is also the highest court of appeal in matters of state law. It is the body that ensures the development of a uniform Australian common law. That imbues judges with a legalism that is wider than pre-determined positions on social questions that arise from the Constitution.
Maybe it is because our Constitution does not have clauses that require the High Court to weigh into socially controversial issues very often. In the US the Supreme Court decides on guns, abortion, political donations, capital punishment, racial discrimination and Presidents and presidential hopefuls who oppose those decisions vow to do something about it, which in turn means appointing people with pre-determined overtly and avowed political positions. Forget the law.
Also, it is possible that, in the 2007-2018 political turmoil, governments and Prime Ministers were facing pressures from so many fronts that they avoided further controversy with High Court appointments.
Maybe, but that did not stop an embattled Whitlam Government appointing the controversial Lionel Murphy in 1975; or the behind-in-the-polls Keating Government appointing Michael Kirby in 1996; or the behind-in-the-polls Howard Government appointing Ian Callinan in 1998. The last two were seen (mostly wrongly) in some quarters as partisan.
The main political battle surrounding the High Court until around the time of the Hawke Government in the mid-1980s was not a direct left-right, liberal-conservative brawl on social issues, but about states rights. Labor sought to increase Commonwealth power over the states to push an environmental, economic as well as....
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By Mayuk Saha
Haka in case you did not know, is a Maori war dance. I refrain from calling it the war dance because there are variations of the Haka: people all over the globe who enjoy rugby/football and have watched the great New Zealand team play will have definitely seen them perform at least one variation, the kama-te kama-te kaora haka. This is the military version, performed for and by great warriors to intimidate the enemy. The gestures are exaggerated and are basically meant as an insult to the enemy. The likes of it have been performed at rugby matches, in the deserts of Africa by the Maori regiment during World War II, and during the funerals of leaders or great athletes like Jonah Lomu.
But there are other variations of the dance as well, which are
part of the present assimilative culture of New Zealand. They are
done often as a mark of respect; for example, recently a
schoolteacher was given a haka farewell by his students in the
country and that video was viral too.
We are here to discuss one such beautiful video that has been doing the rounds of social media for some time now. So much so that even the BBC decided to interview the couple whose marriage it is from: Aaliya and Benjamin Armstrong. They are a young Maori married couple from Auckland; Bens older brother led a haka along with his best man to show his respect and love for Ben. The entire thing was caught on video by a cousin.
What is more, the bridesmaids joined in. Now here is where cultural interpretation comes in. For the rest of world, the haka is a military dance designed to intimidate the enemy. But in every cultural act, there are nuances and variations to meanings; things that are more likely to be lost in translation.
And this was such a case too.
A number of netizens critic...
At the very beginning of September, Russias president Vladimir Putin paid a visit to New Delhi to hold talks with Indias prime minister Narendra Modi. The outcome of this meeting looks extremely remarkable both for the bilateral relations for Russia and India and for the political puzzle that is evolving in the region of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
First of all, one should poi note that along with a number of other landmark events of recent months, this trip demonstrates that Russia accelerates its movement past a fence with a sign that reads the West, while an ever increasing number of curse words can be heard from behind it.
Its is heading directly into the region to where the center of the post-Cold War world gravitates,which looks like a perfectly logical step. In turn, India is becoming one of the major players in this center, and its position on a wide range of topics will be directly determined by the nature of developments taking place at the geopolitical gaming table.
This notion is being illustrated by the fact that within month the pendulum of Indian foreign policy has made two sharp deviations of the exact opposite orientation from its usual equilibrium. For instance, in a matter of years India and China came from announcing that the process of accumulation of negative sentiments in the bilateral relations of the two Asian giants was to be stopped and reversed, to finding themselves on the verge of a direct military conflict.
Then, this pendulum swung would swung in the opposite direction one more time and New Delhi would hold talks in the 2+2 format with Washingtons representatives.
In this regard, the main outcome of the visit of the Russian president to India, apparently, will be an attempt to downplay the consequences of the excessive swings of the Indian foreign policy. This step is an important contribution to the much-needed process of maintenance of strategic stability in the regional game, that is being played by the United States, China, Russia, India, and Japan.
Only when stability of this whole system is achieved can other regional players find themselves a convenient niche to occupy, among which one can names such countries as Australia, Korea (quite possibly, united in the future), Pakistan, and Iran. As for Moscow, it needs the same stable regi...
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