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Saturday, 15 December

22:05

World view Sunday Your NZ

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

22:01

December 16 in history Homepaddock

1431  Henry VI of England was crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.

1485  Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England, was born (d. 1536).

1497  Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.

1653  Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1707  Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.

1770  Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer was born  (d. 1827).

1773  Boston Tea Party  Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawks dump crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

1775 Jane Austen, English writer, was born (d. 1817).

1787   Mary Russell Mitford, English writer, was born  (d. 1855)

1790  King Lopold I of Belgium, was born (d. 1865).

1850 The Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph brought the first settlers to Lyttelton.

1882   Sir Jack Hobbs, English cricketer, was born (d. 1963).

1883 Max Linder, French pioneer of silent film, was born (d. 1925).

1888  King Alexander I of Yugoslavia, was born  (d. 1934).

1893  Antonn Dvoks Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, From The New World was given its world premire at Carnegie Hall.

1899  Sir Noel Coward, English playwright, actor and composer, was born  (d. 1973).

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19:55

365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

The sky was blue and the sun was shining.

It was in Christchurch at midday.

As we headed south clouds appeared and descended.

We arrived home to a very gloomy sky but at least today wed seen the sun and Im grateful for that.

 

18:02

Exposed: the Nazi roots of the European Union Uncensored Publications

This is an intelligence briefing. Here I present the bare bones of what has been happening before our eyesif we would see it. World War 2 continued by other means by Jon Rappoport December 12, 2018 Once upon a time, there was an industrial combine in Nazi Germany called IG Farben. It was the largest []

17:25

Yellow Vest Demonstrations Hit London in Protest Against Brexit Betrayal Uncensored Publications

Paul Joseph Watson Info Wars Dec 14, 2018 A group of yellow vest demonstrators blocked traffic on Westminster Bridge in London today to protest against Theresa Mays Brexit betrayal. One video shows the group allowing a black cab to pass but denying the same courtesy to an Uber driver. BREAKING: The UKs very own []

17:02

CDC Finally Admits What Anti-Vaxxers Say About The MMR Vaccine Uncensored Publications

Parents, legal guardians, pediatricians, family doctors, local school boards, state health agencies and specifically the States of California, Mississippi and West Virginia, must take notice what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have posted onto their Vaccine Information Statements MMR VIS dated February 12, 2018, but no one in the U.S. controlled, []

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Obligate  require or compel to undertake a legal or moral duty;   : to bind legally or morally; constrain; commit something as security; restricted to a particular function or mode of life; able to exist under only one set of environmental conditions.

13:24

Kpiti Iwi Deplores Dangerous Poisoning of Wharemauku Stream Kpiti Independent

Local iwi Te ti Awa ki Whakarongotai says arsenic and lead contamination of watercress in the Wharemauku Stream pose a []

12:51

Prue Hymans Random Thoughts for 2018 Kpiti Independent

Prue Hyman gives some random end of year thoughts Looking back at my 2018 columns, Ive written with approval []

12:44

Intent To Commit Democracy Kpiti Independent

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12:00

Sowell says Homepaddock

10:00

Saturdays smiles Homepaddock

A shepherd was relaxing after a long day, sitting on the grass, chewing on a straw, watching his sheep grazing quietly under the last rays of the setting sun.

A jeep roared up, leaving behind clouds of dust and stopped before him. A man clad in an expensive suit and shiny leather shoes with a camera on his hands got out.

The man started snapping pictures of the surrounding area and, once hed finished, looked at the shepherd and asked, Is this your land?

Aye responded the shepherd.

A look of glee formed in the mans eyes as he asked, And are those your sheep?

Aye says the shepherd.

Would you sell some of your land? the man asked.

The shepherd looked up, studying the man with a cautious look, before searching and asked And why would I do that?

So you can make some money, and buy more sheep, explained the man with a smirk.

And why would I buy more sheep? asked the shepherd.

So you can sell their wool, and make more money.

And why would I do that? asked the shepherd.

So you can buy even more sheep, and sell even more wool.

And why would I do that? asked the shepherd.

So, at some point, you can build a factory and fill it with looms.

And why would I do that? asked the shepherd.

So you can make your wool into clothes, instead of selling it, and make even more money.

The shepherd looked at his sheep for a second, spitting out the chewed straw, and asked, And why would I do that?

So you can buy more and more sheep, sell more and more clothes, and make more and more money, said the man, rubbing his hands.

And why would I do that? asked the shepherd.

So you can be rich!

And why would I want that? asked the shepherd.

So you can build yourself a mansion. Right here! said the man, tapping the ground with his foot.

And why would I do that? asked the shepherd.

So you can have a big bedroom. On the top floor! With big windows! And a big balcony!

And why would I do that? asked the shepherd.

So you can sit back, look over your sheep, enjoy the sunset Enjoy life! said the man, practically jumping up and down with excitement.

Aye And what do you think I was doing before you arrived?

 

07:30

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Variety is the spice of life   Annette Scott:

Its tough, rough country but Island Hills Station owners Dan and Mandy Shand are passionate farmers and innovative in their diversification to achieve financial sustainability. Annette Scottcaught up with them on their remote North Canterbury high-country property. 

Dan and Mandy Shand farm Island Hills, a 7000ha station in the back of beyond in the rugged Hurunui high county.

When the young couple took over the property from Dans parents Ed and Jan, they knew from the generations before them it would be tough going. In the early days access and weeds were the two biggest challenges.

For Dan initially, it was possums. . . 

OutcomesshouldberuralproofedRWNZsays Yvonne OHara:

Gower Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) would like to see any outcomes of the Governments mental health and addiction inquiry report, which was released last week, rural proofed, national president Fiona Gower says.

Quite a few of our members went to workshops held around the country to ensure we had coverage, Mrs Gower said.

We wanted to make sure the rural message was heard loud and clear. . . 

Drought relief grows recogniton:

As Jessie Waite drove down Taranakis coastal highway there was no escaping the savage drought gripping the region.

It was January 2018. Parched, dusty paddocks flanked the busy tourist route. Failed turnip crops were a stark reminder of rains that never came.

For many coastal farmers it was the worst season in decades. . .

06:15

"Man is a singular creature. He has a set of gifts that make him unique among the animals: so that, unlike them, he is not a figure in the landscape, -- he is a shaper of the landscape." #QotD Not PC


"Man is a singular creature. He has a set of gifts that make him unique among the animals: so that, unlike them, he is not a figure in the landscape, -- he is a shaper of the landscape. In body and mind he is the explorer of nature, the ubiquitous animal, who did not find but at made his home in every environment."        ~ Jacob Bronowksi, from his book Ascent of Man .

05:13

Politician scores for 2018 Your NZ

Its that time of year when political journalists rate the politicians on their performances. Tracy Watkins: After a huge year in politics, one politician stands out Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern 9.5 I think thats very generous. Ardern has done well at some things especially her public performances and her rapport with journalists but []

05:00

Saturday soapbox Homepaddock

Saturdays 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.

04:24

NZ plummets in energy investment ranking, Government happy Your NZ

New Zealand has dropped from 14th to 46th in a ranking of attractiveness to energy investors. This isnt surprising after the Government put significant limitations on oil and gas exploration. Green or alternative energy prospects dont seem to rate Im still unclear how we will meet al our energy needs if we transition away []

04:08

Changes proposed for End of Life Choice Bill Your NZ

David Seymour is recommending changes to his End of Life Choice Bill after getting feedback from public submissions (a record 37,000) and by the sound of things, to get sufficient support from MPs. NZH: Act leader David Seymour recommends changes to End of Life Choice Bill Seymour has written a report on his End []

03:20

Media watch Saturday Your NZ

15 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 []

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.

03:04

Open Forum Saturday Your NZ

14 December 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 []

03:03

The real reason Western media & CIA turned against Saudi MBS "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Darius Shahtahmasebi is a New Zealand-based legal and political analyst, currently specializing in immigration, refugee and humanitarian law. Published in Russia Today Forces are aligning against Saudi Arabias Crown Prince, lead by elements within the CIA and strong players in the mainstream media. But what is really behind this deterioration in relationship, and what are []

Friday, 14 December

22:27

The Deep State Concern Uncensored Publications

The Deep State concern is that Military Tribunals do not search criminal codes. They run on Treason and Sedition. The US Civil and Criminal Jurisdictions have well demonstrated their political reality. specifically over the past two years, and just with Immigration Issues. I understand that as Obama was not constitutionally President, his pardons are not []

22:03

World view Saturday Your NZ

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

22:01

December 15 in history Homepaddock

37   Nero, Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, was born  (d. 68).

533 Byzantine general Belisarius defeated the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Tricamarum.

1161 Military officers conspired against Emperor Hailingwang of the Jin Dynasty and assassinated him in a military camp near the Yangtze River front.

1167 Sicilian Chancellor Stephen du Perche moved the royal court toMessina to prevent a rebellion.

1256  Hulagu Khan captured and destroyed the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut in present-day Iran as part of the Mongols offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.

1467  Stephen III of Moldavia defeated Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, who was injured thrice, at the Battle of Baia.

1778 American Revolutionary War: British and French fleets clashed in the Battle of St. Lucia.

1791  The United States Bill of Rights became law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.

1832 Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and architect (Eiffel tower), was born (d. 1923).

1863 The mountain railway from Anina to Oravita in Romania was used for the first time.

1892   J. Paul Getty, American oil tycoon, was born (d. 1976).

1905 The...

21:56

Pay up or Else: Bitcoin Bomb Threat Emails Show up in New Zealand and Australia "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Investigations are underway in Australia and New Zealand following reports of bomb threats where the sender is demanding a payment in bitcoin failure to which they will detonate an explosive device. The emails are believed to be similar to the ones that had earlier been received by various institutions and facilities in the United States

The post Pay up or Else: Bitcoin Bomb Threat Emails Show up in New Zealand and Australia appeared first on CCN

18:01

This is an existential question for us, and our very survival as a culture and as a people is at stake Your NZ

Minister of Climate Change James Shaw has been at the COP24 conference in Poland (he is still there, having extended his stay in the hope that something might be decided). Anything agreed on will govern countries efforts in adhering to their commitments under the Paris Agreement. RNZ Climate talks: The levels of concern are so []

18:00

365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

The weather might not be saying its summer but stone fruit is for sale.

Today I had my first peach of the season. It was white fleshed, sweet and juicy as all good peaches should be.

Today Im grateful for the taste of summer.

15:24

Farm Joke Friday Homepaddock

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Altiloquent  speech or writing characterised by altiloquence; loud, elevated, pretentious, pompous, or high-flown.

12:00

Sowell says Homepaddock

11:18

365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

This is yesterdays, several hours late.

It wasnt that I didnt have anything to be grateful for, it was just I had better things to do than blog.

Thats healthy and Im grateful for that.

10:04

PNG government rethinking China mining deal after opposition "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Radio New Zealand | 13 December 2018

Papua New Guineas mining minister says the government is looking at changing parts of a mining deal struck with China.

In November, China and PNG signed a $US148 million memorandum of understanding to extend the Ramu nickel mines refinery in Madangs Basamuk Bay.

But more than 1,000 locals are now threatening to shut down the Basamuk refinery if their demands arent met.

They want funding for a local highway extension and other local benefits from the Chinese developer, the Metallurgical Corporation of China.

The minister, Johnson Tuke, met with landowners on Tuesday and said hes now raising their concerns with the company.

There are some terms and conditions of the MoA might change and the treasury department are waiting on certain terms and conditions of the physical responsibilities too.

The petitioners have given the government until 19 December to r...

10:00

Crypto Friendly Revolut Granted European Banking License "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Revolut, the London-based fintech unicorn that offers users a digital alternative to traditional banking services, has been granted a European banking license by regulatory authorities, allowing them to offer Europe-based users a plethora of digital banking services.

Revolut features an in-app exchange that allows users to gain exposure to five cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple. The platform, which in many ways is a competitor to the US-based Robinhood, allows users to buy and sell crypto commission free, with the only cost being a 1.5% exchange rate markup to account for volatility.

Revolut Gains Access to Significantly More Users, Could be Bullish for Crypto 

On Thursday, the company announced that they had received a banking license from the European Central Bank (ECB), which will allow them to begin expanding their services across the continent, entering key markets like Germany, the U.K., France, and Poland, over the next year.

Revolut will offer users nearly all the services that traditional banks offer, including business and consumer lending, direct salary deposits, overdrafts, and up to 100,000 protection covered by the European Deposit Insurance Scheme.

Revolut, which offers users quick and simple access to cryptocurrencies, is opening between 8,000 and 10,000 accounts per day, and has plans to expand into the US, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, throughout 2019.

Nik Storonsky, the founder and CEO of Revolut, spoke to CNBC earlier this week, and said that the company already has a significant amount of users in the US waiting for accounts.

At the moment we have about 100,000 waiting in the U.S. without any marketing, he said.

As Revolut expands its services across the world and gains more users, it could potentially siphon a significant amount of money into the crypto markets due to the easy and cheap access it offers users.

In addition to offering easy access to crypto, Revolut also launch...

10:00

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Windsor Blue off to home of cheese Simon Hartley:

Oamaru cheesemaker Whitestone Cheese has clinched an important export deal, having just delivered its first consignment of 100 rounds of Vintage Windsor Blue cheese to France.

Whitestone managing director Simon Berry said that to be shipping to Europe where cheesemaking was established showed that as new-world cheesemakers were coming of age.

The first pallet-sized consignment, weighing about 250kg, was pre-sold to multiple customers and then delivered to France last month, with a follow-up order expected in the new year. . .

Grape, cheery growers competing for land  Guy Williams:

Wine and cherry growers are competing for land, resources and labour as both industries experience strong growth.

Mt Difficulty Wines co-owner James Dicey, of Bannockburn, said much of the planned investment in horticulture in Central Otago was expected to be in new cherry orchards.

That industry was undergoing a boom after several good years, with the total number of hectares planted in cherries poised to overtake grapes. . .

Farmers want DIRA gone  Annette Scott:

Farmers delivered a consistent message to the Ministry for Primary Industries when they met in Ashburton to consult on the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act review.

We are a bit over it, and thats an understatement, Mid Canterbury dairying stalwart Ted Rollinson said.

His sentiment was largely echoed by all farmers at the meeting that unanimously agreed its time for open entry and exit to go, followed by raw milk regulations and access to regulated milk for Goodman Fielder. . . 

Approval given for Alliance to bring in workers Alan Williams:

Meat processor Alliance has approval to bring in 100 workers from overseas for its Lorneville sheep plant in Invercargill.

Theyre expected to be on hand for the peak February to May period, Alliance people and safety general manager Chris Selbie said.

Were delighted as it will make a real difference in addressing the staff shortages we had last season.

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08:29

Cardinal Pell going home Not PC


Here's a song for Cardinal George Pell, jailed yesterday in Australia -- even though Australians may not have heard ...


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07:25

That time Louise Mensch claimed Im a Russian spy Bat, Bean, Beam

(This being by far the craziest thing that has happened to me all year. Possibly all decade. As originally reported at Overland.) It started quite innocently, as these social media collisions always do. A friend and I were discussing on Twitter Ed Whelans bizarre conspiracy theory in defence of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, remarking as many people have that it was reminiscent of

07:00

Drugs crime & health issue not either/or Homepaddock

Police will now have discretion over whether to charge people for using cannabis.

The rationale behind this loan change is that drug addiction is a health issue.

It is.

But using illegal drugs is also a crime.

Is should be both, not either or.

It should stay a crime as a deterrent but addicts caught should be given the opportunity to have their addiction treated.

Whether it a health or crime issue or both, drug addiction will require a lot more money for mental health services.

06:19

"'The process of observing the facts of reality and of integrating them into concepts is ... a process of induction. The process of subsuming new instances under a known concept is ... a process of deduction.' These sentences state not the two fundamental methods of cognition, & the correct roles of induction and deduction in human life." QotD Not PC


"'The process of observing the facts of reality and of integrating them into concepts is, in essence, a process of induction. The process of subsuming new instances under a known concept is, in essence, a process of deduction.'
    "These brief and to the point sentences [from Ayn Rand's 'Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology'] state not just the two fundamental methods of cognition, but more importantly, the correct roles of induction and deduction in human life.
    "And by 'human life,' I mean science as well as everyday life.
    "Induction is the process of generalisation, of forming universal concepts based on our observation of particular objects or events. The definition of a single concept states a principleall humans possess the capacity to reason, for exampleand the combination of several or many concepts and principles builds our knowledge of reality and, in some cases, establishes the physical, biological, and human sciences.
    "Induction is conceptualisation. From an early age, probably before we can assign words to them, we all practice the inductive formation of universal concepts... 
  "[Ayn] Rands identification describes in general terms the true nature of induction and makes the biological and human sciences as exact and valid as the physical sciences."
        ~ Jerry Kirkpatrick, from hist post 'On the Correct Roles of Induction and Deduction in Human Life:
           Two Sentences from Ayn Rands Theory of Concepts'
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05:00

Quote of the day Homepaddock

My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honor is to be earned but not bought.   Margaret Chase Smith who was born on this day in 1897.

04:49

Reactions to Kirsty Johnstons Im angry about Grace Millanes murder after a year reporting on rape Your NZ

I have spent this year reporting, writing, and thinking about violence against women. I was angry before Grace Millane, and I'm furious now. I wrote about it here: https://t.co/hzo5fUMqFI Kirsty Johnston (@kirsty_johnston) December 12, 2018 Kiwiana: Thank you for this powerful piece, it exactly summed up how Ive been feeling this year especially. Damian []

04:18

Men have a collective problem with violence, abuse Your NZ

Men have a collective problem with violence, abuse, murder, rape, misogyny and should do more collectively to address these problems and the ingrained cultures that contribute to the problems. Obviously not all men are violent, not all men are thugs or rapists or murderers. It can be quite confronting to be held responsible as []

03:47

Media watch Friday Your NZ

14 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 []

03:46

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.

03:46

Open Forum Friday Your NZ

14 December 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 []

03:45

World view Friday Your NZ

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

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