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When you are an illegitimate regime, you have a problem; and that is fear of your own people.
While the less-than-peaceful rise of communist China and its dream of reshaping the world order have alarmed the world in recent years, a grassroots movement has taken shape that could peacefully disintegrate the Chinese Communist Party, say human-rights experts. Yet this movement has gone unnoticed by many.
By Jennifer Zeng
December 11, 2018
Now the number of Chinese people who have published declarations with the Tuidang (meaning Quit the Party) movementand thus have renounced all association with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizationshas topped 321 million. Last week, the Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party brought together a panel of experts and human rights activists to discuss what the Tuidang movement means to China and the world.
Averting World War III
Trevor Loudon, a New Zealand expert on socialism and contributor to The Epoch Times, spoke to the Dec. 4 forum on Capitol Hill via telephone, saying that out of all the beautiful movements of the world right now, the Tuidang movement is the most important, because the Communist Party in China is the No. 1 threat to global peace.
If people were saying Get out of the Nazi party, Dont join the Nazi party, Abandon the Nazi party, if we had such a movement in those days, we possibly could have avoided WWII, Loudon said.
This is the situation we are in right now. The CCP today is the Nazi party of the 1930s.
The only movement in the world that is trying to stop the CCP is you people. If you can keep on making more and more people desert the party, then we can peacefully avert World War III. We can avert what I think is one of the greatest looming disasters that we face, and that is a global war involving China and its allies against the West.
One of the Greatest Human-Rights Stories
Jeffrey Imm, founder and director of Responsible for Equality and Liberty, noticed that the number of people who have quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations is almost equal to the population of the United States.Jeffrey Imm, founder and director at R.E.A.L. (Responsible for Equality and Liberty), speaks at the Deteriorating Human Rights and Tuidang Movement in China forum on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 4, 2018. (Samira...
New Zealands Financial Markets Authority adds three more suspicious crypto-related companies to its blacklist
1294 Saint Celestine V resigned the papacy after only five months; Celestine hoped to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit.
1545 Council of Trent began.
1577 Sir Francis Drake set out from Plymouth, on his round-the-world voyage.
1642 Towards noon the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sighted a large land, uplifted high. This was the first recorded sighting of New Zealand by a European.
1643 English Civil War: The Battle of Alton.
1769 Dartmouth College was founded by the Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, with a Royal Charter from King George III.
1816 Ernst Werner von Siemens, German engineer, inventor, and industrialist, was born (d. 1892).
1830 Mathilde Fibiger, Danish feminist, novelist and telegraphist, was born (d. 1892).
1903 Carlos Montoya, Spanish guitarist, was born (d. 1993).
1906 Sir Laurens van der Post, South African author, was born (d. 1996).
1913 Arnold Brown, English-Canadian missionary, 11th General of The Salvation Army, was born (d. 2002).
1925 Dick Van Dyke, American actor and comedian was born.
1929 Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor, was born.
1936 Prince Karim Aga Khan (Aga Khan IV), Imam (leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, was born....
The Opposition have been pressuring Iain Lees-Galloway and Jacinda Ardern on the Karel Sroubek deportation issue for over a month. National have obviously been trying to connect Ardern to the original decision by Lees-Galloway not to deport Sroubek after he completed his current prison sentence. Today in Parliament, and immediately afterwards, some dots were joined. 
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has made a botch of Brexit since her calling of a snap election backfired. A no confidence vote has been signalled for days. It looks like its about to happen. #BREAKING Tory MPs to hold no confidence vote against Theresa May this evening https://t.co/CwJx9VgK39 Laura McQuillan (@mcquillanator) December 12, 
Some years ago, New Zealand poet and scholar Michele Leggott was able to date a series of poems by Robin Hyde after noticing that one of the pages of the manuscript bore faint traces of another piece of writing. It was a fragment of a short story that Leggott knew well, and whose date of composition had already been established. What must have happened she realised is that Hyde used
Dave Maslen is a reluctant sustainability superstar.
The New Zealand Merino Cos general manager for markets and sustainability was a finalist in the sustainability superstar category in the recent NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.
The category, won by Waikato dairy farmer Tracy Brown, celebrated people who inspired and led others to make a difference.
Mr Maslens own nomination came as a surprise and he was reluctant to be singled out, saying it was most definitely a team effort. . .
Leaders discuss sustainable farming Sally Rae:
Agriculture, as a whole, needs to be brave.
That was the take-home message for North Otago dairy farmer Lyndon Strang after attending the annual DairyNZ Dairy Environment Leaders Forum in Wellington recently.
The three-day event was attended by nearly 100 dairy farming leaders who discussed sustainable farming and progressed goals for the future.
Mr Strang and his wife Jane milk 450 cows at Five Forks and run a self-contained operation, wintering all cows, rearing young stock and growing the majority of their supplements. . .
The Waimea Dam will improve the health of the river downstream, and ensure the path of eels to their breeding grounds in the Pacific is not hindered, a freshwater scientist says.
The Tasman District Council recently voted to go ahead with the $105 million irrigation and urban supply scheme, despite levels of public opposition, mainly over cost.
Scientist Roger Young, from Nelsons Cawthron Institute, has been involved in the project since its inception. . .
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you havent found it yet, keep looking. Dont settle. As with all matters of the heart, youll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Dont settle.
~ Steve Jobs, Apple CEO[Hat tip Stephen Hicks]
The National Party has labelled the medicinal cannabis bill which passed into law yesterday as decriminalisation by stealth.
Health Minister David Clark said until a regime was set up, the legislation would help people ease their suffering with a wider range of medicinal cannabis products becoming available over time.
We know that some people cannot wait for medicinal products to become more readily available and will want to use illicit cannabis to ease their pain, he said.
People nearing the end of their lives should not have to worry about being arrested or imprisoned for trying to manage their pain. So as a compassionate measure we are also creating a statutory defence for people eligible to receive palliation so that they can use illicit cannabis without fear of prosecution.
The bill will introduce a statutory defence or amnesty as a stop-gap measure to allow people at the end of their lives to use illicit cannabis while the scheme is still being established. . .
Serious question: if cannabis is a medicine, why isnt it treated like all other medicines and prescribed by doctors who consider it the best option for their patients?
However, National leader Simon Bridges came out swinging in Parliament, calling the bill decriminalisation of cannabis by stealth.
What will the police do when theyre outside a school and someone, under this bill, is smoking cannabis? What will they do?
I dont reckon theyll do much at all, he said.
Shame on the House for passing this terrible, unsafe, dangerous bill.
Nationals spokesperson for health Shane Reti also labelled the bill as lazy and dangerous.
This government is simply ticking the 100-day box that they were forced to by the Greens and it is permitting the smoking of drugs in our communities.
Mr Reti said National supported medicinal cannabis regulation but opposed the smoking of loose leaf cannabis in public.
Thats why we did the work and created a comprehensive medicinal cannabis regime that widened access to medicinal cannabis and provided a framework for licensing high-quality domestic production under sensible and achievable regulations.
We offered to shar...
The Grace Millane case has raised the issue of the ineffectiveness of name suppression (non-publication orders) when it only applies to New Zealand media. It has been simple online to find out the name of the person accused of the English tourists murder, even without trying. To clarify the situation at the first court 
This is a very good sign from two younger senior politicians Minister of Education Chris Hipkins is supporting Former education minister Nikki Kayes members bill the Education (Strengthening Second Language Learning in Primary and Intermediate Schools) Amendment Bill to at least the committee stage in Parliament. NZ Herald: Ex-education minister Nikki Kaye 
Comment from Gezza: During his two-year reign as the Childrens Commissioner, Andrew Becroft says pornography has been the most concerning issue among young New Zealanders reported to him. Becroft has welcomed a new report which looks into how and why children in New Zealand view online porn, and does so by asking them directly. The 
Who is Simeon Brown? Most people are unlikely to know much if anything about him. He is young for an MP (27) and seems to lean right/conservative. He won the candidacy for National to contest the Pakuranga electorate last election, which allowed him to romp in to a safe seat vacated by Maurice Williamson. Brown 
A lot of politics and politicians fly under the media radar. Some MPs make the headlines, because the have prominent jobs, because they seek publicity, or because publicity seeks them, or they cock up. Heres a few of my thoughts and impressions on the 2018 political year. Party-wise I dont think there is much of 
12 December 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general 
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Dr Iain Staffell is a senior lecturer in sustainable energy at Imperial College Londons Centre for Environmental Policy. He leads the Electric Insights project reporting interactive real-time and quarterly summary information on the UKs electricity mix.
Rapid progress towards clean energy is needed to meet the global ambition to limit warming to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures.
But how are countries doing so far? In our Energy Revolution Global Outlook report, written with colleagues at Imperial College London and E4tech and published by Drax we rank progress in 25 major world economies.
Our report provides a league table of their efforts to clean up electricity generation, switch from oil to electric vehicles, deploy carbon capture and storage, eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and tackle energy efficiency.
The ten charts below compare these 25 countries today and their progress over the last decade.
Electricity has been the fastest sector of the economy to decarbonise as countries move away from coal and embrace low-cost renewables. Yet the average carbon intensity of electricity worldwide has fallen only 7% in the last decade to 450 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour (gCO2/kWh).
The chart below maps the carbon intensity of electricity generation around the world and ranks the 25 major economies covered by our report. These countries include the G7 group of rich nations along with Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (the BRICS) and others. These countries account for 80% of global population, 77% of global GDP and 73% of the worlds CO2 emissions.
Individual countries range from having virtually zero-carbon electricity (in the Nordics, France and New Zealand, left-hand columns in the lower chart) up to near-total reliance on coal (in South Africa and Poland, on the far right).
627 Battle of Nineveh: A Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeated Emperor Khosrau IIs Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh.
1769 French explorer Jean Franois Marie de Surville first sighted New Zealand near Hokianga.
1779 Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint was born (d. 1865).
1805 Henry Wells, Founder of American Express, was born (d. 1878).
1812 The French invasion of Russia ended.
1821 Gustave Flaubert, French writer, was born (d. 1880).
1862 USS Cairo sank on the Yazoo River, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by an electrically detonated mine.
1863 Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter, was born (d. 1944).
1893 Edward G. Robinson, American actor, was born (d. 1973).
1870 Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black U.S. congressman.
1881 Harry Warner, Polish-American businessman, co-founded Warner Bros. was born (d. 1958).
1900 Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer, was born (d. 1988).
1901 Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal at Signal Hill in St Johns, Newfoundland.
1911 Boun Oum, Laotian politician, 5th Prime Minister of Laos, was born(d. 1980).
1911 Delhi replaced Calcutta as the capital of India.
1915 Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor, was born (d. 1998).
1927 Robert Noyce, American inventor of the microchip, was born (d. 1990) .
1929 John Osborne, English d...
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The problem Im struggling with, is that I have been receiving ever increasing floods of spam via the mailserver at lists.ibiblio.org. A number of years ago, I was a list admin for a mailing list (cc-nz) hosted at lists.ibiblio.org. I am no longer in this role, and in fact this list is no longer in use, having been moved to a new host some years back by the organization using it. However, my email address is still listed as an admin on the list information pages at lists.ibiblio.org, and I still receive any email sent to the admin address for the cc-nz list.
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Our cabbage trees are blooming profusely which some believe forecasts a hot summer.
Given how unsummery the last few weeks have been, and that they have given us enough rain to withstand some heat, that will be welcome.
As I look at the blooms through yet more drizzle, Im grateful for the promise of the hot summer to come.
Media release from Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand after the passing of the medical cannabis bill in parliament today: The real work begins on the Medical Cannabis scheme MCANZ is delighted at the historic achievement of a solid commitment to produce Medical Cannabis in New Zealand, and is grateful for the amendments that were introduced 
The medical cannabis has passed its final vote in Parliament today. Minister of Health David Clark called it the most progressive bill ever, which will grate on those who were hopeful the Government would treat medical and general use of cannabis as boldly as a growing number of countries and states around the world. But 
Phototropism the orientation of a plant or other organism in response to light, either towards the source of light ( positive phototropism ) or away from it ( negative phototropism ); the growth of an organism which responds to a light stimulus; yearning for the sun; turning to light.
Plant a tree grow a community Luke Chivers:
Matawai farmers Eugene and Pania King are dedicated to sustainability but it isnt just about the environment. Luke Chivers reports.
Sheep and beef farmers Eugene and Pania King from Kiriroa Station at Matawai are combining their passion for the land with hard work and whanau support.
The couple have a longstanding connection with their family, their environment and their local community.
We both grew up in rural New Zealand and a career in agriculture was inevitable, Pania says. . .
Wee dog helps child farm safety Alan Williams:
A serious little dachshund and a devil-may-care miniature fox terrier are the heroes in a new book aimed at making children safer on farms.
Ted the foxy races round doing silly things but Poppy is always close by teaching him to put his think-safe brain on.
Theyre both very small and they highlight just how small a child also is on a farm and through them being out and about Im trying to help children understand about making good decisions, author Harriet Bremner said. . .
A woman who lost her partner in a farm incident has launched a book to keep children safe on the farm.
Harriet Bremners partner James died in a farm machinery incident in Hakataramea Valley in January 2017. Now, her new book, Be Safe, Be Seen, sees her miniature dachshund Poppy take on the challenges of keeping safe on the farm as a little dog.
Primary School teacher Harriet hopes that kids will heed the safety messages in the book and that families reading the book to their children will be reminded to make safe choices at work every day. . .
How could this happen Stuff has a story about what people are saying about Simon Bridges and Jacinda Ardern?
It comes from Labours pollsters so its no surprise the formers word cloud is almost entirely negative and the latters is almost entirely positive.
David Farrar, who is quoted in the story, says this is dirty politics:
. . . I dont think anyone should doubt Labour explicitly approved the release of this data. The fact they refuse to deny it speaks volumes.
The reality is that research data doesnt belong to the polling company. It belongs to the client. The client is the only entity that can approve something being released. Only if the polling company is its owns client, do they get to decide.
So what we have is that in the middle of the allegations from Jamie-Lee, they polled people on what they thought of the National Party Leader, and then released the data as a way to damage him.
This is not something we have seen before.
It is not a long way removed from a political party releasing an advertisement that said something like We asked 1,000 people what they thought of xxxxx and 72% said they think he is a liar. That sort of ad is seen as the most negative type of advertising you can do. Labour have basically done this, by way of releasing their polling data knowing it would get to the media.
Now contrast that with the Labour Party Leader who maintains she believes in gentler, kinder politics. Well her party just launched a classic dirty politics strike against her main opponent. So that should tell you something about how genuine her stance is.
It actually a perverse compliment to Bridges. Labour wouldnt bother with this sort of nastiness if they didnt see him as a threat.
It could also backfire.
Only political tragics are interested in the minutiae of politics but most voters believe in giving people a fair go and this is anything but fair.
Its political strategy without moral principles, personally abusive and to use that much over-used word, its bullying.
Muck sticks to the hand that throws it. Labour has sullied itself by this move and tarnished its leaders star dust. Given how much its support depends on her appeal, the strategys not only nasty, its stupid.
Somebody out there apparently does not want President Trump to make a trade deal with China. Just after U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to suspend the implementation of new tariffs for 90 days, one of Chinas most important tech executives was literally kidnapped as she was changing planes in Canada. December 10, 2018 | Michael 
The ODTs Weekend Mix had a profile of Otago University law Professor, Mark Henaghan. Its not online but concluded with this:
The law tends to reflect societys values, Prof Henaghan replies.
Theres a wonderful saying by an American philosopher, In hell there will be nothing but law, and due process will be duly enforced.
Because in a way the more law you have the less you have to trust people.
The less you trust people, the more distrustful they become and so the more law you need in order to trust them.
A good society would not have too much law, because people would do the right thing he says.
But in New Zealand we have a lot of law.
More law less trust, less trust more law, more law, less trust . . .
Sad but true and even more so if read with this mornings quote of the day from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:
Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.
When people dont recognise the voice of their own conscience they dont recognise the voice of justice and we have less trust and we need more law and then we get less trust. . .
This 2013 video says about itself:
Animals in the Antarctic Ice
The wildlife of Antarctica are extremophiles, having to adapt to the dryness, low temperatures, and high exposure common in Antartica. The extreme weather of the interior contrasts to the relatively mild conditions on the Antarctic Peninsula and the Subantarctic islands, which have warmer temperatures and more liquid water. Much of the ocean around the mainland is covered by sea ice. The oceans themselves are a more stable environment for life, both in the water column and on the seabed.
From the University of Barcelona in Spain:
The fauna in the Antarctica is threatened by pathogens humans spread in polar latitudes
When the human species infects other living beings
December 10, 2018
Summary: The fauna in the Antarctica could be in danger due the pathogens humans spread in places and research stations in the southern ocean.
The new study, which detected bacteria from humans in the genus Salmonella and Campylobacter in Antarctic and Subantarctic marine birds, reveals the fragility of polar ecosystems and warns about the risk of massive deaths and extinctions of local fauna populations due pathogens.
Reverse zoonosis: when the human species infects other living beings
Explorers, whalers, scientists -and lately, tourists-, are examples of human collectives that moved to the furthest regions of the planet. Some studies have claimed for years that there had been cases of reverse zoonosis, that is, infections humans give to other living beings. Despite some previous signs, scientific studies on zoonotic agents in...
"Social-justice ideology does everything a religion should. It offers an account of the whole: that human life and society and any kind of truth must be seen entirely as a function of social power structures, in which various groups have spent all of human existence oppressing other groups. And it provides a set of practices to resist and reverse this interlocking web of oppression from regulating the workplace and policing the classroom to checking your own sin and even seeking to control language itself. I think of non-PC gaffes as the equivalent of old swear words. Like the puritans who were agape when someone said goddamn, the new faithful are scandalised when someone says something problematic. Another commonality of the zealot then and now: humourlessness.
"And so the young adherents of the Great Awokening exhibit the zeal of the Great Awakening. Like early modern Christians, they punish heresy by banishing sinners from society or coercing them to public demonstrations of shame, and provide an avenue for redemption in the form of a thorough public confession of sin. Social justice theory requires the admission of white privilege in ways that are strikingly like the admission of original sin. A Christian is born again; an activist gets woke....
"[W]ere mistaken if we believe that the collapse of Christianity in America has led to a decline in religion. It has merely led to religious impulses being expressed by political cults."
~ Andrew Sullivan, from his otherwise risible op-ed 'America's New Religions'
This looks similar to New Zealands net-zero emissions by 2050 goal. EU aims for net-zero emissions by 2050, boosting economies by 2% of GDP by 2050 and reduce energy imports by over 70%, saving up to three trillion euros a year. https://t.co/p7p0p83Raf James Shaw (@jamespeshaw) December 8, 2018 If they are going to reduce 
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