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Tuesday, 16 October

00:58

Canadian studies prompt researcher to voice grave concerns "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Last week three new studies were published on fluoride adding more weight to an already overwhelming body of evidence that fluoridation is not safe.

I have grave concerns about the health effects of fluoride said Ashley Malin, lead author of the Canadian Fluoride-Thyroid study and a researcher at the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Published in Environmental International, the study found that the thyroid stimulating (TSH) hormone of pregnant Canadian women with low iodine was increased by fluoride. High TSH levels indicates the thyroid is not working properly. Hypothyroidism is known to cause depression, anxiety and obesity.

A second study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, found that most fluoride exposure for Canadians came from fluoridated drinking water and that pregnant women in fluoridated areas had nearly twice as much fluoride in their urine as pregnant women in non-fluoridated areas. The lead author of this study, an associate professor and researcher at York University, Christine Till, says I am certain the safety of fluoride ingestion has not been proven.

The third study, also published in Environmental International, found that children whose mothers were exposed to fluoride during pregnancy had higher rates of ADHD. This study, funded by the US Government, was carried out using the same data as the landmark IQ study, Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6-12 Years of Age in Mexico, published last year. It found IQ was reduced with increased fluoride exposure.

The fact that the Canadian women living in fluoridated areas have been found to have the same levels of fluoride as the women in Mexican, demonstrates the relevance of the IQ and ADHD studies to the Canadian population. Research in NZ shows women in fluoridated areas also have the same level as the Canadian women..New Zealanders are also known to be iodine deficient.

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22:04

World view Tuesday Your NZ

Monday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

22:01

October 16 in history Homepaddock

456  Magister militum Ricimer defeated Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and becomes master of the Western Roman Empire.

1384  Jadwiga was crowned King of Poland, although she was a woman.

1758 Noah Webster, American lexicographer, was born (d. 1843).

1781 George Washington captured Yorktown, Virginia after the Siege of Yorktown.

1793  Marie Antoinette, was guillotined.

1793  The Battle of Wattignies ended in a French victory.

1813  The Sixth Coalition attacked Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of Leipzig.

1834  Much of the ancient structure of the Palace of Westminster burned to the ground.

1841  Queens University was founded in Kingston, Ontario.

1843 Sir William Rowan Hamilton came up with the idea of quaternions, a non-commutative extension of complex numbers.

1846  William TG Morton first demonstrated ether anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Ether Dome.

1854 Oscar Wilde, Irish writer, was born (d. 1900).

1859  John Brown led a raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

1869  The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, was discovered.

1869  Girton College, Cambridge was founded, becoming Englands first residential college for women.

1875  Brigham Young University was founded in Provo, Utah.

1882  The Nickel Plate Railroad ...

21:27

Psst, kid, want drugs? Im a psychiatrist Uncensored Publications

Look at it this way. The kid doesnt have to pay for drugs out of his pocket. He gets them in a shrinks office. Insurance covers it.   by Jon Rappoport October 11, 2018 His parents may be able to work a Social Security disability claim and receive $$ and other free medical treatments. The []

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20:26

Japan raises concerns over Pacifics debt to China "IndyWatch Feed War"

Japans foreign minister has raised concerns  about the high levels of debt accrued by some Pacific Island nations and said his country wants to help resolve the problem.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono made the comments on Monday while visiting New Zealand, where he met  his counterpart Winston Peters.

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Japans Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, with his counterpart Winston Peters in Wellington on Monday.CREDIT:AP

Some observers have become alarmed at the growth in Chinese lending in the Pacific and worry that small countries such as Tonga and Vanuatu are becoming beholden to China because of their high debt levels.

Kono didnt mention China specifically in his comments. But he said the Pacific region was important in a strategic sense to both Japan and New Zealand.

Peters said New Zealand was also concerned about the loans and the ability of small island nations to repay them.

Were looking very seriously at that, saying What does it mean for us when those nations may forfeit the very asset value that theyve sought to develop, and have it owned by some other country? he said.

Peters said neither Japan nor New Zealand had gone so far as to offer to repay the loans directly.

We understand the problem, Peters added. Weve got our eyes wide open.

Konos visit to New Zealand was the first by a Japanese foreign minister in five years. It marks a warming relationship between the two nations over the past year since Jacinda Ardern became New Zealands prime minister.

Kono thanked New Zealand for deciding last month to deploy a maritime patrol plane to Japan as part of an effort to enforce UN sanctions against North Korea.

Australia, Canada and the US are also helping Japan monitor offshore ship-to- ship transfers of oil allegedly involving North Korean ships, which would violate UN sanctions imposed over the Norths nuclear and missile programs.

Regarding the situation in North Korea, we reaffirm our cooperation to achieve a complete, verifiable and irreversible disposal of all the weapons of mass destruction and the ballistic missiles of all ranges, Kono said through an interpreter.

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19:47

365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

International Rural Womens  Day, gives me cause to appreciate how much better life is for a rural woman in New Zealand than it is for the many in other parts of the world.

Its not something I take for granted and it is something for which Im grateful.

19:08

Canadian studies prompt researcher to voice grave concerns "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Press Release: Fluoride Free New Zealand

New Canadian studies prompt researcher to voice grave concerns about fluoride
Last week three new studies were published on fluoride adding more weight to an already overwhelming body of evidence that fluoridation is not safe.
I have grave concerns about the health effects of fluoride said Ashley Malin, lead author of the Canadian Fluoride-Thyroid study and a researcher at the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Published in Environmental International, the study found that the thyroid stimulating (TSH) hormone of pregnant Canadian women with low iodine was increased by fluoride. High TSH levels indicates the thyroid is not working properly. Hypothyroidism is known to cause depression, anxiety and obesity.
second study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, found that most fluoride exposure for Canadians came from fluoridated drinking water and that pregnant women in fluoridated areas had nearly twice as much fluoride in their urine as pregnant women in non-fluoridated areas. The lead author of this study, an associate professor and researcher at York University, Christine Till, says I am certain the safety of fluoride ingestion has not been proven.
The...

17:12

Celebrating rural women Homepaddock

Its the International Day of Rural Women.

This years theme is: Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

Rural women make up a quarter of the worlds population. They grow much of our food, strengthen economies and build climate resilience.

From championing access to clean water in Kyrgyzstan to boosting sustainable agriculture in Ethiopia, rural women are mobilizing to support one another, and their contributions are vital for both rural communities and urban societies.

Yet, on almost every measure of development, because of gender inequalities and discrimination, they fare worse than rural men or urban women. . .

This year, we are calling for better public services, including health care, education, childcare and shelters, on which millions of rural women depend; and laws, policies and budgets to improve their livelihoods and well-being.

We stand in solidarity with rural women and their organizations everywhere as they seek to influence the decisions that shape their lives. . .

15:43

Bridges-Ross-National gets messier Your NZ

Simon Bridges was already struggling with the leak issue. This morning Duncan Garner confronted him with another leak, this time over incorrectly filed donations. Bridges set up a press conference for 1 pm and Jami-Lee Ross pre-empted that with a series of tweets, claiming he had an incriminating secret recording with of Bridges. In reverse []

15:05

Word of the day Homepaddock

Ascus  a membranous, often club-shaped structure inside which ascospores are formed through sexual reproduction in species of the fungi known as ascomyce.

15:05

Australia Turning Really Authoritative? Is this How a Dark Age Begins? "IndyWatch Feed World"

The greed of governments in their pursuit of money is the single greatest threat to creating a Dark Age. With New Zealand imposing a $5,000 fine for just landing there and you refuse to hand over your pen and passwords to your phone for them to search, now we have Australia going really nuts to the point that they risk tech companies simply banning the sale of their products in the country. The Assistance and Access Bill 2018 in Australia will force Google, Apple, Facebook, and other technology groups to help Australian authorities decode certain forms of encrypted communications on their systems, or face fines of up to AU$10 million. The government says the legislation will help protect against terrorism, fraud and child abuse crimes, claiming it aims to ensure criminals have no place to hide.

The problem that arises that failure to pay taxes they also call criminal. Hence, the hunt for money is greatly aided by this type of legislation far more than any other pretend criminal activity. While the government has stopped short of demanding backdoor access to tech companies systems that would allow the government to tap into end-to-end encryption services such as WhatsApp, it does demand access to data at points where it is not encrypted.

Apple, FOR INSTANCE,  would not be made to create a backdoor for their iMessage where every users encryption key is different. But the government could request access to the single encryption key for its iCloud services. When you send a message to a friend, its encrypted as it travels between the two devices, and when it arrives, its decrypted for your friend to read, which is when the government should get to read it. The Australian government is cleverly demanding not a backdoor, but a side door to gain access to whatever people are sending.

Naturally, the cybersecurity minister claims this will only be allowed under strict guidelines, with companies subject to three levels of escalation: an interception agency requesting the company voluntarily assist; a Technical Assistance Notice whereby the companies are instructed to help; and a Technical...

12:44

Protest NZDF War Crimes & Toxic Culture, Auckland, Tuesday October 16th GPJA's Blog

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Where: NZDF Recruiting Centre, 284 Great North Road
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Auckland Peace Action and Organise Aotearoa are holding a demonstration outside the NZDF recruiting office at 284 Great North Road tomorrow, Tuesday, 16 October at 12:30 to demand justice and an end to the war in Afghanistan. People are invited to bring their own messages and banners in solidarity with the militarys victims at home and abroad.

We are horrified by todays revelations of war crimes by the NZDF, in particular the murder of two teenagers and the violation of the Geneva Conventions relating to medical personnel. Nicky Hagers article in North and South paints a disturbing picture of whats going on inside the military.

This must prompt the Prime Minister to undertake a full and complete criminal investigation, a parliamentary inquiry into the culture of NZDF and more importantly, a recall of all soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan.

We have no confidence in the behaviour of soldiers serving overseas, and we cannot put other countries civilian populations at further risk from them. We have had too many stories about NZ soldiers committing war crimes dating back to 2005. Each and every time, the military seeks to coverup what has gone down and hide it from the public. The only right and proper thing is that NZ troops must leave Afghanistan now.

By the same token, the entire structure of the NZDF clearly needs a total overhaul. The culture of misogyny and homophobia that has allowed the abuse of women soldiers and those thought to be gay is disgusting and completely unacceptable. Again, we have heard murmurs about this behaviour from numerous high profile court cases involving abuse by soldiers, but Nicky Hagers article today shows the extent of it, and clearly NZDF has an institutionalised rape culture.

The military has hidden behind the mythology of protecting national security and has cultivated a noble and untarnished public image. Behind that image, however, are some very grim truths. It is time we held the NZDF to account for its actions and the culture of toxic masculinity that breeds there.

Valerie Morse
Auckland Peace Action
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12:27

Silver Mazda located in Porirua homicide investigation Kpiti Independent

  Police say they have located the silver Mazda RX8 they are looking for in relation to the homicide investigation []

12:15

Count the Nuclear Money! A New York City Event (and Concert) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Count The Nuclear Weapons Money logo

By Marc Eliot Stein, October 14, 2018

How can activists call attention to a terrible problem everybody already knows about, a crisis so familiar we are nearly numb to it? Nuclear proliferation is this kind of problem, and this is why a bunch of groups including Basel Peace Office, International Peace Bureau, World Future Council and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament are working together on Move The Nuclear Weapons Money, an international project supported by the likes of Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerrys.

I recently heard about this organization from Alyn Ware, global coordinator for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, who had come to New York City from New Zealand for a United Nations conference on Nuclear Weapons. Alyn Ware is arranging an event called Count The Nuclear Weapons Money which will highlight the horrific truth that nine countries are currently spending a trillion dollars on maintenance and improvement of their nuclear arsenals. To help visualize the scale of this absurdity, Count The Nuclear Weapons Money will be gathering together to literally count out this amount of money in artist-designed million dollar notes, at the rate of $100 million dollars each minute.

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11:54

If theres one thing party members hate . . . Homepaddock

. . . its MPs behaving badly, acting stupidly and putting themselves before the party.

10:00

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Big changes coming Neal Wallace:

Farming will change fundamentally if new freshwater quality management rules restricting intensive winter grazing and fertiliser use are introduced.

The Government last week released Essential Freshwater: Healthy water, fairly allocated, a report on how to improve freshwater quality within five years.

While it lacked detail the Government singled out winter grazing, hill country cropping, feedlots and nutrient use as causes of degraded water quality that will be a focus. . .

No rural-urban divide found here Neal Wallace:

Anna Jones never forgot her rural roots when a career in journalism took her to live in some of Englands largest cities. Having experienced life on both sides of the fence she realised she had to do something about the role of the media in the urban-rural disconnect. She told Neal Wallace there are faults on both sides.

ANNA Jones concedes alcohol was involved in a game she created called Farmer Jargon Bingo, played with friends one evening in the English city of Bristol.

A simple concept, it required her urban friends to provide their definition of commonly used farming terms which the farmers daughter, journalist and Nuffield scholar duly recorded. . .

 

Move around world never regretted Sally Rae:

Harry might have met Sally but when Rory met Frank, it was to lead to a move to the other side of the world.

Irish-born Dr Rory OBrien is research manager at DRL Ltd, based at Invermays Agricultural Research Centre. Originally known as Deer R...

09:54

QotD: "If you want to know what politicians want people to want, look at elections. If you want to know what people actually want, look at the market." Not PC


"If you want to know what politicians want people to want, look at elections. If you want to know what people actually want, look at the market."  
      ~ Alice Smith. 

07:00

CK to save $billions Homepaddock

The government has a new strategy to save billions of dollars relying on common knowledge (CK) instead of research and facts.

The seed for the initiative was planted by Energy Minister Megan Woods.

When asked about advice to back up her assertion that MBIE was wrong to say a ban on oil and gas exploration would have a negligible impact on domestic emissions and likely increase global emissions she said it was very common knowledge that was widely held.

When the Prime Minsiter heard this she said a light went on and she immediately ordered a whole-of-government strategy to base all policy on CK, spokesperson Bright Spark said.

Well be able to ditch all the working groups for a start and that will save millions, but thats only the beginning.

With CK to guide us there will be no need for most of the roles at Treasury and the research positions in policy development at all the ministries and government departments will go too.

Well be able to get rid of all the research bodies and a lot of the work of universities will become redundant.

We wont need robust data and scientific methods if weve got CK, especially if its widely held.

MS Spark said she didnt have exact figures for the savings, but based on CK, she could confidently say they would soon amount to billions.

When asked about Nationals Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Youngs assertion that Woods had failed to defend the indefensible, Ms Spark said it was common knowledge that this was merely an opposition tactic to discredit assertions based on facts.

With CK, facts are an outmoded, and expensive concept. We wont be taking any notice of them.

Ms Spark said the government was working on an even more radical suggestion to base all policy on common sense (CS) as well as, or instead of, CK.

But were having difficulty finding any. Its a pretty rare commodity around here and were not sure there will be enough to make it work.

 

 

05:42

Government late addressing teacher shortages Your NZ

The Government is suddenly trying to address severe teacher shortages. NZ Herald:  Overseas teacher recruitment drive doubles The Government has more than doubled its target for recruiting overseas teachers to fill a shortfall of 850 teachers next year. Only three weeks after the Ministry of Education announced a target of recruiting 400 overseas teachers by the start []

05:28

Are NZ media left or right? Your NZ

An age old argument is whether the media favour or lean left or right. One common claim is that editorially they lean right but most journalists tend to lean left. I think its far more complex than that. The alleged leaning of the media is often stated in relation to the leaning of the person []

05:00

Word of the day Homepaddock

He had just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat, but certainly no more. P.G. Wodehouse who was born not his day in 1881.

04:54

Peter Dunne on recreational cannabis regulation Your NZ

On Q+A last night peter Dunne was asked where he now stands on cannabis use and law. Corin Dann: Youve been on top of this issue for many years, as a Minister, under a lot of pressure from both sides. Where do you sit now personally on the issue of cannabis? Peter Dunne: Ive set []

04:30

Q+A: Should NZ legalise recreational cannabis? Your NZ

Last night Q+A had a debate between Green MP Chle Swarbrick and head of Family First Bob McCroskie on whether New Zealand should legalise the recreational use of cannabis (separate to allowing the use of medicinal cannabis). To Swarbrick: What is it you want here, are you after legalisation, which would effectively allow people to []

03:16

Media watch Monday Your NZ

15 October 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 []

03:15

General chat Your NZ

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

03:02

Open Forum Monday Your NZ

15 October 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

Sunday, 14 October

22:29

Exposed: Bitcoin Scam Used New Zealands Prime Minister as an Endorsement "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

New Zealands Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is the latest high-profile individual to be used in perpetuating a cryptocurrency scam. According to the Prime Ministers office, various ads bearing her image have appeared on social media network Facebook with the intention of persuading citizens of the Asia Pacific country to invest in a cryptocurrency startup. To Continued

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22:01

October 15 in history Homepaddock

70 BC  Virgil, Roman poet, was born (d. 19 BC).

533  Byzantine general Belisarius made his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Vandals.

1582 Pope Gregory XIII implemented the Gregorian calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year was followed directly by October 15.

1701  Marie-Marguerite dYouville, Canadian nun and saint, founded Grey Nuns, was born (d. 1771).

1764 Edward Gibbon observed a group of friars singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome, which inspired him to begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

1783 The Montgolfier brothers hot air balloon marked the first human ascent, by Jean-Franois Piltre de Rozier, (tethered balloon).

1793 Queen Marie-Antoinette was tried and condemned in a swift, pre-determined trial.

1814   Mikhail Lermontov, Russian author, poet, and painter, was born (d. 1841).

1815 Napoleon I of France began his exile on Saint Helena.

1836  James Tissot, French painter and illustrator, was born (d. 1902).

1844 Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, was born (d. 1900).

1863  American Civil War: The H. L. Hunleythe first submarine to sink a ship, sank during a test, killing its inventor, Horace L. Hunley.

1864  American Civil War: The Battle of Glasgow was fought, resulting in the surrender of Glasgow, Missouri and its Union garrison, to the Confederacy.

1877 Sir Geroge Grey, former Governor, became Premier of New Zealand.

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22:01

World view Monday Your NZ

Sunday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

20:05

365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

Ive always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.  David BenioffCity of Thieves

I dont often sleep easily, whether or not its because my brain isnt clean, the skulls floorboards arent well swept and at least some of the little monsters arent closed in a steamer trunk.

But I do generally get enough sleep and tonight I know Im tired enough to sleep well and for that Im grateful.

18:55

Watch: Fluoride can impair intelligence says professor but former Health Minister says water fluoridation is safe, beneficial "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Anti-fluoride activist Professor Paul Connett has shared his views during an interview with TVNZ 1's Breakfast programme this morning, with a counter argument given by former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.
Professor Connett, who has a PhD in chemistry, made numerous points, but one of the main ones was that he believes research suggests fluoride can impair intelligence.
For counter balance, Breakfast invited former government Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman on the show, who said he still believes fluoridation of drinking water is completely safe and beneficial.
Water supplies in many New Zealand regions has been fluoridated for more than 60 years due to its beneficial effects on oral health, according to the Ministry of Health.
Fluoridation in New Zealand typically adjusts the amount of fluoride present in water to between 0.7 and 1 parts per million.
A 2007 Ministry for the Environment report showed that 95 per cent of the 279 groundwater sites it tested had naturally occurring fluoride concentrations of 0.56 parts per million, or less.

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18:39

Great value sports weekend Your NZ

What a great sport weekend. I used to grizzle about the amount Sky insisted I pay for sports actually not so much the sports but what they demanded you get and pay for that wasnt sport and I didnt want. And their streaming option was limited, poor value and technically poor. I kept cancelling []

16:41

Stock Market: Financial Armageddon? A Dose Of Reality Uncensored Publications

As my Inbox bulges with messages from various sources proclaiming financial Armageddon looming and what I should do with my money/shares/investments (all 10 cents worth of it) I thought it a good time for some balance and perspective. Looks like the worst is over (for now) however the situation will remain volatile for some time. []

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14:56

Reducing supermarket plastic Your NZ

Eliminating plastic supermarket bags is getting a lot of attention, but that addresses only a part of plastic overload at supermarkets. A lot of foods are individually wrapped in plastic, which at best end up in our landfill. Here is an interesting idea from Germany, where you take your own plastic containers to the supermarket. []

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Popple  a rolling or rippling of water; to move in a tumbling, irregular manner, as boiling water; move in an irregular, tumbling motion.

11:49

QotD: "We must be careful not to believe things simply because we want them to be true. No one can fool you as easily as you can fool yourself!" Not PC


"We must be careful not to believe things simply because we want them to be true. No one can fool you as easily as you can fool yourself!"
        ~ Richard Feynman

[Hat tip 'Richard Feynman']
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10:24

Brain-to-Brain Interface: The Next Gen Social Network Uncensored Publications

The internet; The Social Network, where is it all heading? Not so long ago none of this even existed, now we cant live without it! Take a look at the increasing and often alarming electronic book burning purges going on, as if freedom of thought and protest, and even questioning and discernment, were being extinguished. []

The post Brain-to-Brain Interface: The Next Gen Social Network appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

10:00

Box of Wishes Homepaddock

Box of Wishes Prints

This is a box full of wishes & every one is different & every one lasts just long enough for you to decide if its really worth doing & when you finally decide on your real wish it will fill up your whole heart & soul & it will leak out of your eyes sometimes when you least expect it & you will start to glow just a little & here & there, you will see other people who glow a little, too, because they have found their real wish. That is how you know someone who has a real wish. Because it marks you forever with love. Box of Wishes   2016 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.

08:00

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Nebraska trip all about irrigation Yvonne OHara:

Ben Donaldson, of Cromwell, was one of a group of people to visit Nebraska to look at new technology and new ideas relating to irrigation.

The recent five-day trip was organised by Irrigation New Zealand and as well as farmers, there were irrigators, consultants and service industry representatives

In addition to visiting the Husker Harvest Days,  the worlds largest irrigated farm show, they  visited the University of Nebraskas Water for Food Global Institute, research farms and research trials, irrigation schemes, natural resource districts, which manage water resources, and irrigation manufacturers. Mr Donaldson,  general manager (Southern) of Irrigation Services,  said he found the trip useful.

For me the greatest learnings were around the nitrate levels in the water, education of the children in regards to agriculture and how the use of fertigation ties all of this together, he said. . . 

Honey collectors will act as biosecurity buzzers Neal Wallace:

New Zealand could be about to recruit millions of extra biosecurity officers who will pay for their work by supplying nectar and honey.

A $1 million Endeavour Fund grant to Otago University researchers aims to recruit honey bees as biosecurity monitors to detect and find noxious weeds.

Biochemistry research fellow Dr Andrew Cridge said the plan is to strategically site hives in areas where there are suspected to be unwanted plants.

Because the cost of DNA diagnostic testing has fallen so much, it makes it viable to analyse bee-collected pollen to see if unwanted plants are near the hives. . .

Hipsters pay for farm view Tim Fulton:

South Island couple Genna and Alistair Bird have opened a door to a world of people wanting to soak up a panoramic view from their Tiny House on a hill. Tim Fulton reports.

Hipsters are getting to know The Grange and the open skies and plains of Canterbury. Genna and Alistair Bird run a 560ha sheep and beef farm near Ashley Gorge, just out of Oxford. . .

06:59

The anti-kiwi royals dont care if we ditched them so we should Your NZ

Some time in the future New Zealand will ditch the monarchy and become some sort of a republic. John Key liked socialising with the royals too much to consider it and wanted a knighthood too much to consider it, and I suspect Jacinda Ardern likes associating with royal celebrities too much to go there either. []

06:25

Protective effects of Manuka honey on LPS-treated RAW 264.7 macrophages. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Food Chem Toxicol. 2018 Sep 3 ;121:203-213. Epub 2018 Sep 3. PMID: 30189316 Abstract Title:  Protective effects of Manuka honey on LPS-treated RAW 264.7 macrophages. Part 1: Enhancement of cellular viability, regulation of cellular apoptosis and improvement of mitochondrial functionality. Abstract:  Manuka honey (MH) is a monofloral honey from Australia and New Zealand, well-known for its healthy properties, such as antioxidant, antimicrobial and wound healing capacities. The aim of this work was to assess the phenolic composition and the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) of MH, as well as its effects on cellular viability, proliferation, apoptosis and metabolism in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated RAW 264.7 macrophages, highlighting the molecular mechanisms involved. Up to 18 compounds were identified in MH, with gallic acid and quercetin as the major ones; MH showed also remarkable TAC. In addition, MH was able to enhance cellular viability, decrease apoptosis, promote wound healing and attenuate inflammation in a dose-dependent manner, by reducing the expression of caspase 3, p-p38 and p-Erk1/2 proteins, in macrophages stressed with LPS. In addition, it improved mitochondrial respiration and glycolytic activities, stimulating the expression of p-AMPK, SIRT1 and PGC1, counteracting in this way the deleterious effects of LPS treatment. In conclusion, one of the possible mechanisms by which MH exerts its beneficial effects could be to its capacity to improve cellular viability, promote proliferation and enhance energetic metabolism, by modulating the expressionof several proteins involved in apoptosis, inflammation, metabolism and mitochondrial biogenesis.

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05:52

The deep south? Your NZ

Maybe some people up north see everything south of Wellington as the deep south, but when Otago is referred to as the deep south it bemuses me. Stuff: Otagos defence stands tall in successful Ranfurly Shield raid against Waikato The Ranfurly Shield is heading to the deep south for the summer as Otago matched their []

05:12

Pope and NZ bishops fail to adequately address abuses Your NZ

The Pope has again been criticised for not appropriately dealing with the seriousness of cover-ups of  abuse over decades in the Catholic Church, and New Zealand bishops have likewise been criticised again. New York Times editorial:  The Pope Ignores the Damage as Another Prelate Falls In his letter on Friday accepting the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, []

05:00

Sunday soapbox Homepaddock

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.

Image result for quotes laughter faith

Laughter has something in it common with the ancient words of faith and inspiration; it unfreezes pride and unwinds secrecy; it makes people forget themselves in the presence of something greater than themselves.  Gilbert K. Chesterton

03:20

Media watch Sunday Your NZ

14 October 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 []

03:10

General chat Your NZ

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

03:09

Open Forum Sunday Your NZ

14 October 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

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