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335 Dalmatius was raised to the rank of Caesar by his uncle Constantine I.
1356 In the Battle of Poitiers, the English defeated the French.
1692 Giles Corey was pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem witch trials.
1777 First Battle of Saratoga/Battle of Freemans Farm/Battle of Bemis Heights.
1796 George Washingtons farewell address was printed across America as an open letter to the public.
1862 American Civil War: Battle of Luka Union troops under General William Rosecrans defeated a Confederate force commanded by General Sterling Price.
1863 American Civil War: Battle of Chickamauga.
1870 Franco-Prussian War: the Siege of Paris began.
1881 President James A. Garfield died of wounds suffered in a July 2 shooting.
1882 Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1965).
1889 Sarah Louise Delany, American physician and author, was born (d. 1999).
1893 The Governor, Lord Glasgow, signed a new Electoral Act into law. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to grant all women the right to vote in parliamentary elections.
1911 Sir William Golding, English writer, Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 1993).
How out of touch are political journalists with farming? "Good to get a few reporters here so they can see what a dairy cow looks like" says fed farmers' Lloyd standing under Morrinsville Mega Cow pic.twitter.com/bq0Op1xI94 Gia Garrick (@giaisonline) September 18, 2017 Media also told we have "unconscious bias" and there is hope we 
Advance voting in the first week totals 445,350 which is well ahead of last election. Daily totals for 2017 are approximate only and may be subject to change. Date 2017 General Election 2014 General Election 2011 General Election Wed-Sat 49,497 18,818 11 September 39,643 22,234 8,893 12 September 48,545 22,846 8,845 13 September 66,535 23,950 
Was that really me? Friends of the Kapiti Libraries are pleased to invite you to the launch of Mary Singletons memoir. The session is on ~ Sunday September 24th ~ at 2.30 pm ~ at Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room ~ Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu An eventful life: from Island Bay to the Kalahari 
DairyNZ slams farm tax proposals Hugh Stringleman:
All of New Zealands 12,000 dairy farms face an average $18,000-a-year additional taxes under the carbon and nitrogen taxes proposed by the Green Party, DairyNZ has calculated.
Add in the Labour Partys proposed water tax and those 2000 farms that also irrigate face more than three times the impost, an average of $63,000 per farm.
DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle said details on the proposed new taxes were sketchy, but his economists used what was available from Labour and the Greens to come up with the figures. . .
Sell-off surprise Alan Williams:
A process for the surprise sale of most Landcorp farms to young people will start very quickly if National is re-elected, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.
Landcorp was unaware of the plan till told just before it was announced.
He hoped to have several farms leased to young farmers during the next term.
That would be the first step towards them buying the farms over the next five to 10 years. . .
Dylan Davidson was a passenger in a car when the driver lost control after a deer ran out. The car rolled and left Dylan with two broken vertebrae in his back and several other injuries. Dylan lost a lot of weight from being in a coma for three weeks, and Dylans parents, Paul and Carol Davidson, said the Milk Protein Concentrate (MPC) from Fonterra farmers milk played a key part in the healing process. The value of milk protein in human nutrition and muscle recovery has been well known for many years but, as delicious as milk is, it takes litres of whole milk to do what a small amount of milk protein concentrate (MPC) can. . .
Superb entertainment By Ralph McAllister Many of us have had a not so secret love affair with Doris Day since childhood. So if I tell you I have just blown in from the Windy City, after a sentimental journey, during which my face was powdered with sunshine, you might guess what you are about to 
Kids have a great time By Angelo Robinson On Sunday 10 September Hoop Club Hutt Valley came out to play Hoop Club Kapiti for some friendly games. We got underway at 9.30am with the 5 to 7 year olds; at 10.30 for the 8 to 10 year olds and the 11 to 13 year olds 
by Martin Harris New Zealand readers cant help but have seen and heard the MSM reporting on the Marsden Refinery pipeline leak that has brought Auckland to its knees. Thousands of flights cancelled as jet fuel supply runs dry. it could take up to 2 weeks to fix, which means this will likely impact on 
One week into early voting, concerns are being raised about Electoral Commission staff allegedly undermining Mori voters. Massey University Mori politics lecturer Veronica Tawhai claims she has received numerous complaints from Mori electors regarding the conduct of Electoral Commission staff. Mori and particularly young Mori are constantly criticised for either being uninformed, uninterested or apathetic when it comes to participating 
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What will the water tax cost?
Businesses, like Coca Cola, which take water from council supplies wont pay anything.
Food producers which dont irrigate wont pay anything.
Farms, orchards and market gardens which do irrigate will pay and the dryer the year, when other costs rise too, the more theyll pay.
David Clark gives the facts on what hell have to pay if Labour is in government ant imposes the water tax:
Today farmers will be marching in Morrinsville to protest against the tax.
I hope they stick to the facts.
There are enough of them to win the argument with anyone prepared to listen properly.
The Greens seem to be getting a bit dodgy in their attempt to get electorate votes in Nelson. Patrick Gower: Desperate Greens drop fake news poll in Nelson The Greens have released the results of some phone canvassing which theyve referred to as an internal poll that claims to show them ahead in Nelson. But 
Not long ago advance voting used to be available for people who were going to be unable to vote on election day. With no change to electoral law (as far as Im aware) it has changed markedly. Now all voters are being urged to vote early, for a number of reasonable and also self-interested reasons. 
Its not unusual to see over the top articles in an election campaign, and there has been a number of people popping up getting an airing. Is this over the top from Katie Pickles (Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research and Professor and Head of History at the University of Canterbury): Jacinda Ardern channels that bloody 
"Politically, statism breeds a swarm of "little Caesars" who are motivated by power-lust. Culturally, statism breeds still lower a species: a swarm of "little Neros" who sing odes to depravity while the lives of their forced audiences go up in smoke."
~ Ayn Rand
Someone on Reddit has asked Im curious as to why National has so much support ELI5 why people vote National: So im reasonably new to this whole voting thing. Im curious as to why National has so much support as other parties are also promising a strong economy but are also offering a lot 
This is the last week of the campaign thank goodness. Im getting a bit over it. Too much nonsense and too much disappointing campaigning, especially from National and Labour, and that has been rewarded with media attention that has made it hard for smaller parties to get a chance. You couold end it all 
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324 Constantine the Great decisively defeated Licinius in the Battle of Chrysopolis, establishing Constantines sole control over the Roman Empire.
1180 Philip Augustus became king of France.
1454 In the Battle of Chojnice, the Polish army was defeated by the Teutonic army during the Thirteen Years War.
1709 Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer, was born (d. 1784).
1739 The Treaty of Belgrade was signed, ceding Belgrade to the Ottoman Empire.
1793 The first cornerstone of the Capitol building was laid by George Washington.
1809 The Royal Opera House in London opened.
1810 First Government Junta in Chile.
1812 The 1812 Fire of Moscow died down after destroying more than three quarters of the city. Napoleon returned from the Petrovsky Palace to the Moscow Kremlin, which was spared from the fire.
1837 Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City.
1838 The Anti-Corn Law League was established by Richard Cobden.
1850 The U.S. Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.
1851 First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becameThe New York Times.
1858 Kate Booth, English Salvation Army, officer was born (d. 1955).
1863 American Civil War: Battle of Chickamauga.
1870 Old Faithful Geyser was observed and named by...
A fuel pipeline between Marsden Point and Auckland has been broken, causing havoc at Auckland Airport. The pipeline is the only source of jet fuel from the airport. I have no idea why they cant truck fuel to the airport. I first heard about this today but the break happened on Thursday NZH: Couple 
AN ELDERLY couple have told of the bizarre sight of 30 to 40 UFOs hovering outside their home the night before a major military operation unfolded. By Jon Austin PUBLISHED: 17:17, Fri, Sep 15, 2017 | UPDATED: 18:10, Fri, Sep 15, 2017 The husband and wife, aged in their 80s, who have not been named 
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An Economic Lesson for China and Russia Paul Craig Roberts Is there anyone in Trumps government who is not an imbecile? After years of endless military threats against Russiaremember CIA deputy director Mike Morell saying on TV (Charlie Rose show) that the US should start killing Russians to give them a message, and 
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The Washington Post Amanda Erickson In 2004, Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson was imprisoned for raping his stepdaughter nearly every day for 12 years, starting when she was just 5. Thirteen years later, his crime has helped bring down Icelands government. The story involves Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and his father, Benedikt Sveinsson. Heres what happened: Several 
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Poverty, gap between rich & poor, Housing affordability, & Homelessness key issues as NZ votes in Election #nzpol https://t.co/RzAYspqIFS pic.twitter.com/Yyw4xfq5rA Roy Morgan (@roymorganonline) September 17, 2017 Quite different to others, but quite different choices and wording of issues. The economy and financial crisis what financial crisis? Over a similar (but shorter) time period 
An outstanding 80 minute performance By Roger Childs There were hints of things to come in the first Lions test, and in the Sydney clash against the Wallabies. The first half across the Tasman saw the All Blacks crush the home team, but then in the last 30 minutes of the game they went to 
Weve made it! How Germany absorbed a million refugees By Harald Dhne in Berlin In summer 2015 the European refugee-crisis began with many unforeseen consequences. East European states like Hungary and Poland voted for nationalist and authoritarian governments. Back in the 1990s they wanted the EU and the NATO as a shield against 
It was a day filled with the glow of ordinary things & we passed them quietly from hand to hand for a long time & someone said she had picked a perfect day to be born & I think all of us felt the same. 2017 Brian Andreas posted with permission.
You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.
A press release from NZ First on Friday odd that the quotes are not attributed to anyone, but the headline gives an indication who it is. Peters: Filthy Rumour, Dirty Campaign Friday, 15 September 2017, 5:20 pm Press Release: New Zealand First Party Filthy Rumour, Dirty Campaign I was approached by a senior journalist this 
James Shaw has just said that the Greens would push Labour to bring forward a Capital Gains Tax in post-election coalition negotiations, in an interview on Q+A. This came just after Jacinda Ardern reiterated her back-flip on pushing any possible CGT out until after the next election in 2020. Shaw said that the CGT would 
WSJ: Trump Administration Wont Withdraw from Paris Climate Deal Trump administration officials said Saturday the U.S. wouldnt pull out of the Paris Agreement, offering to re-engage in the international deal to fight climate change, according to the European Unions top energy official. The shift from President Donald Trumps decision in June to renegotiate the landmark accord 
A good chance to see how the leaders of the four largest parties are shaping up and holding up as the campaign heads into its last week. Which party will form New Zealands next Government? Political Editor Corin Dann interviews the leaders of the four biggest parties: National leader Bill English, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, 
As they say, if youre a Christian who reviles misogyny, prejudice, rape child abuse and slavery then it clearly means you are not getting your morality from the Bible (and thank goodness for that). It means youre getting the better part of your nature from somewhere much more wholesome.
So if you dont get those ethics from that book, why on this green earth would you take any at all?
Prostate cancer is a major problem for men as they age. About 3000 of us in New Zealand are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and about 600 die from it each year. Promoting testing and detection of prostate cancer is a laudable aim, but the way Winston Peters has proposed incentivising getting check-ups seems 
Last year I wrote a
paper which explored the link between child poverty and family
structure. The strongest correlate with child poverty is single
parent families on welfare. Additionally, children born into de
facto relationships - which had a much higher likelihood of
dissolving than marriages - were much more likely to become
In a Sunday Star Times column Jacinda Ardern attacked my research:
This week I opened the paper to find some astonishing "news" - a lack of marriage is to blame for child poverty.
I've spent the better part of six years reading and researching the issue of child poverty, and what we need to do to resolve this complex problem in New Zealand
And yet here it was, the silver bullet we have all been looking for. Marriage. Getting hitched. Tying the knot. It turns out that we didn't need an Expert Advisory Group on child poverty, or any OECD analysis for that matter - apparently all we really need is a pastor and a party.
At least, that's the world according to Family First, who commissioned a report this week which, they claim, provides "overwhelming and incontrovertible" evidence that when it comes to child poverty, a lack of marriage is our problem, and it's simply become "politically unfashionable" to talk about it.
I'm happy to talk about it; in fact all of Parliament is. We debated the ins and outs of the institution not that long ago - it was called the Marriage Equality debate. Oddly, I don't recall Family First supporting the idea of increasing access to marriage when it came to same-sex couples. But I digress.
The major piece of evidence Family First use to back up their claims? Child poverty has risen significantly since the 1960s, and more people were married back then. I am paraphrasing, but that's the general gist. And yes, those two pieces of information are true. But are they linked? You only have to look at where child poverty figures really jump around to figure that bit out. Back in the mid-1980s, child poverty numbers (after taking into account housing costs) were about half the levels they are now. What happened to cause the spike? De facto relationships and single parenting didn't all of a sudden become "on trend".
What happened was Ruth Richardson's Mother of all Budgets. Government support was slashed, unemployment rates were grim, and child poverty, as you would expect, went up significantly. Equally, you can also see a downward trend in child poverty numbers around the early 2000s when Working for Families was introduced.
So what about the other claims in the report? How about "51 per cent of children in poverty live in single-parent families". Stating the obvious, surel...
If you wish to do this latest challenge before looking a the answers, scroll down to September 13. Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into! Answers below. Alpha and omega are the first and last letters in which alphabet? (Greek) Which New Zealander singer 
At a modest poverty rally yesterday Metiria Turei said that the welfare system was broken. But before the Greens fix it do they have to fix themselves? The Green bubble appears to be broken. A fairly green Standard posted Rally Against Poverty join Metiria Turei and Marama Davidson yesterday morning Saturday 16 Sept 2.30pm, Otara Town 
Sundays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
Dont confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. Erma Bombeck
Andy Paine, August 23, 2017.
Friday September 16 2016 was a busy day for me. I began it preparing a radio show about Pine Gap, the secretive US military base near Alice Springs in central Australia. I had interviewed an academic who has studied Pine Gap and what it does; an activist who has opposed it; and an Arrernte traditional owner who says it has no right to be there. Then I rushed off to Griffith University, where I gave a guest talk to an ethics class about civil disobedience the practice of intentionally and openly breaking unjust laws.
But I am not purely a journalist who reports on whats happening, nor an academic who explains theories. So after completing these two tasks, I got into a car and headed for Alice Springs to attempt to resist Pine Gap and the US wars it facilitates.
So I guess before we go on, a quick primer about Pine Gap and what it does. Theres a lot more information out there if youre interested, but basically Pine Gap is one of three satelite communication bases the US has planted strategically around the globe to enable it to spy on the whole world. The lease for it was signed in 1966, the base built in 1970. At first, it was never publicly admitted that it was a military facility it was described as a space research station until academic Des Ball uncovered what it actually did. Rumours abound that the sacking of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam had something to do with his wanting more control over the base and getting on the wrong side of the CIA.
For most of its life, while Pine Gap has always attracted porotests from anti-war activists, its purpose has been just basic surveillance. In the last ten years though, this purpose has changed. These days the mobile phone and radio signals that Pine Gap recieves via satelite are used for drone strikes or other targetted bombings enabling the US to kill people in the Middle East without the risk of having a soldier killed or the risk of the empathy that comes from interacting with an actual human being.
As I said, Pine Gap has been the subject of numerous protests over the years. This one was to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the lease though for what exact purpose everyone was going out to the desert wasnt quite made clear. More on that later.
The trip to Alice was in my friend Jims van. Jim is a veteran of numerous actions and court cases out at Alice he was well acquainted with the route. The van runs off the biodeisel Jim makes out of used fish and chip oil; so all available car space was taken up with drums full of fuel. Other travel companions were my housemates Franz and Tim. Franz is Jims son so grew up going to protests though he is still a teenager. Tim is from New...
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Sometimes you have to put out information in hopes that those who havent heard this will at least absorb a fraction of it. If you havent heard this and you absorb just one of these random points, I believe that may be enough to cause a major paradigm shift your life or in the life of someone you know. Here are 10 random, mostly recent but some archival information that is factual and verifiable for anyone willing to look it up.
1- Genetically Modified Foods are illegal in many countries for health and medical reasons all the while the U.S. passes laws making GMO labeling illegal. You may be thinking, say what? Thats right. U.S. citizens are being propagandized daily and are being practically forced to blindly consume GMOs while countries like Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, Australia, Russia, France and Switzerland have all booted Monsanto and their GMO crops from their countries. Thats like being booted out of a town for being a rapist and child molester only to have that same person settle into the next town over and become a grade school teacher or pastor. Now imagine the citizens of that other town having a law forced on them that says rapists and child molesters must be allowed to teach little kids and run churches. Thats what were talking about here.
While humanity in other countries wake up fully to the dangers of GMO foods, Monsanto and other GMO food producers are having a feast in the U.S. buying out politicians, distorting news, research and evidence that proves GMO foods are directly linked to cancer. Like a scene from a bad movie only its not a movie it life. Actually its YOUR life if you are i...
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