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Wednesday, 23 August


World watch Thursday Your NZ

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


August 24 in history Homepaddock

79   Mount Vesuvius erupted. The cities of PompeiiHerculaneum, andStabiae were buried in volcanic ash.

1198 King Alexander II of Scotland, was born (d. 1249).

1200  King John of England married Isabella of Angouleme in Bordeaux Cathedral.

1215  Pope Innocent III declared Magna Carta invalid.

1349 Six thousand Jews were killed in Mainz  after being blamed for thebubonic plague.

1391  Jews  massacred in Palma de Mallorca.

1456  The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.

1511 Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal conquered Malacca, the capital of the Sultanate of Malacca.

1556   Sophia Brahe, Danish horticulturalist and astronomer, was born (d. 1643).

1561 Willem of Orange married duchess Anna of Saxony.

1591 Robert Herrick, English poet, was born  (d. 1674).

1662 Act of Uniformity required England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.

1759 William Wilberforce, English abolitionist, was born (d. 1833).

1814  British troops invade Washington, D.C. and burned down the White House and several other buildings.

1815 The modern Constitution of the Netherlands was signed.

1821 The...


Damian Light to lead United Future Your NZ

UnitedFuture announces new leader @damianlight United Future (@UnitedNZ) August 23, 2017 Damian was deputy leader and the only visibly active member of United Future other than Peter Dunne so this is no surprise. Ive met Damian, hes a nice guy, and intelligent enough to know how hard things are going to be for []


Green candidate now standing in Ohariu Your NZ

The Green party has just announced they will now stand a candidate in the Ohariu electorate. Last November it was suggested that Labour and the Greens may be doing some deals in electorates. TVNZs Breakfast @Breakfaston1 Good morning, @avancenz joins us soon with exclusive details of backroom deals between Labour and the Greens ahead of next []


Labours Janus faces Your NZ

Gareth Morgan has been in trouble for suggesting, in a sexist tweet, that Jacinda Ardern has the face of a pig. If I were to characterise the Labour Party of the Ardern era, then I would use a different metaphor. I think that the party is a little like the Roman god Janus, who had []


NZ First disarray on asset buyback policy Your NZ

NZ First has struggled to get attention in a volatile election campaign, but they attracted the wrong sort of attention today at Business NZ conference at Te Papa. MP Richard Prosser caused a stir he warned he would set the cat among the pigeons with comments on a State buyback of power company []


Country matters #6 Quote Unquote

Michael Baume in the Spectator on cow dialects:
Keeping inequality in proper perspective, the London Evening Standard last week ran a full page article quoting Sir Patrick Stewarts US National Public Radio talk explaining that the dialects of British cows moos reflect, like their human counterparts, a society dominated by class, social status and location. He noted that the sound made by a cow from West Oxfordshire, birthplace and home to many right of centre politicians, is quite an upper-class bray compared with those from West Yorkshire. The National Farmers Union backed this up, maintaining that when cows are mo(o)ved from one area of strong accents to another, there is a problem of them initially not responding to the new accent. Cows in the West Country have the distinctive Somerset twang (more of a moo-arr) while Midlands beasts moo with Brummie accents and Geordie tones are heard Tyneside. And in the US, those bred in the southern states sound very different from the moos heard in the north. In the Anglospheres animal farms, all cows are not equal.
I wonder if this is the case in New Zealand, that a Friesian from Southland might have a different moo from a Waikato Friesians, perhaps with a hint of a burr. 

Nationals Bill English is a farmer from Dipton in Southland and Labours Jacinda Ardern is from Morrinsville in the Waikato, so perhaps this could be a question in the Leaders Debate come the election. Can they tell the difference between regional moos? 


Word of the day Homepaddock

Scumber  the dung, particularly that of a bear, dog or fox; to defecate; to void excrement.

Filed under: language Tagged: scumber


Bougainville group adamantly against renewed mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Radio New Zealand |  23 August 2017

A group calling itself Bougainvilleans United Against Mining has re-stated its opposition to a resumption of mining at Panguna.

The government in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province wants the huge copper and gold mine re-opened to give the economy a lift ahead of the independence referendum to be held in 2019.

Bougainvilles Mining Minister Raymond Masono this week applauded a joint resolution by ex-combatants to back the re-opening, but one of those praised by the minister, a former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander, James Onartoo, said he and his group do not support it.

Mr Onartoo said their group, which includes many women, landowners and ex-combatants, will not support Panguna being re-opened, or mining anywhere on Bougainville.

Members of the group joined a blockade that stopped the Autonomous Bouginaville Government (ABG) from signing a memorandum of agreement with landowners at Panguna two months ago.

Mr Onartoo says the ABG is weak and lacks the l...


Once We Were One: Review Kapiti Independent

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell Animal Farm Exploding the myths and lies By Roger Childs Andy Oakley was brought up in Cannons Creek where he mixed with many different ethnic groups. He cares deeply about New Zealand society and what the future holds. The key thesis []


Otaki Fatal Crash Kapiti Independent

91-year-old dies in mobility scooter crash with car Police say they are investigating a fatal crash involving a car and a mobility scooter in Otaki. Emergency services were called to Waerenga Rd, between Aotaki St and Kowhai Court, just after 4.30pm yesterday. A 91-year-old man who was on the scooter died later in Palmerston North Hospital. []


Rural round-up Homepaddock

Hard work earned admiration of all:

WHEN it came to work ethic, it would be hard to look past legendary North Otago market gardener Reggie Joe.

For more than 45 years, Joes Vegie Stall on State Highway 1 at Alma has been a landmark. From humble beginnings as a small roadside stall with an honesty tin, the business expanded to a busy operation, attracting a loyal following of customers.

His wife Suzie acknowledged it was his garden and customers that Mr Joe put first, followed by his family for whom he did it all.

His ambition in life was simple; to create a better future for his four children. Having known hardship firsthand, he was determined they would receive a good education.

Mr Joe died peacefully, surrounded by his family, in Dunedin Hospital on June 8, aged 82. . . 

Primary industries feel under siege as prospect of Labour-led govt firms:

INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NEWS The divide between regional and urban politics is being thrown into ever sharpening contrast as the election campaign unfolds. Agricultural industries and rural communities feel under siege in the looming election.

As reported in Trans Tasmans sister publication The Main Report Farming Alert, weeks ago the chances of a Labour-led government seemed unlikely, but now the chance of this happening seems possible with policies which could prove ruinous for NZs main export industries.

Labour will tax users of water, including farmers (but not those companies using municipal supplies). Both the Greens and Labour are committed to bringing agriculture into the emissions trading scheme and say the carbon price should be higher. They have not stated how high they want animal emissions to be taxed. . . 

Farming leaders pledge to make all rivers swimmable Gerard Hutching:

Farming leaders representing 80 per cent of the industry have pledged to make all New Zealand rivers swimmable, although they dont say how or by when.

Confessing that not all rivers were in the condition they wanted them to be, and that farming had not always got it right, the group said the vow was si...


Relevant Flatulence, by G Squared Uncensored NZ Blog

Hilary Clinton has lost it even further. Her Secret Service Detail Logs have been appropriately disseminated. After all, she doesnt know the difference between confidential and open source. SS now want the Hardship Bonus, and limited two month rotation shifts, to work with her. Apart from the extraordinary fact that she does not like showering. []

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Farmers pledge will work where water tax wont Homepaddock

Farming leaders have pledged to make rivers swimmable:

In a first for the country, farming leaders have pledged to work together to help make New Zealands rivers swimmable for future generations.

The Farming Leaders Pledge has been signed today by a group of New Zealand pastoral farming leaders, that represent over 80% per cent of that countrys farmed land, committing them to an ambitious goal of working to make New Zealands rivers swimmable for their children and grandchildren.

Group spokesperson, Federated Farmers President and West Coast dairy farmer Katie Milne says the intent behind the pledge is clear.

Many of our rivers are not in the condition we all want them to be. We are doing this because we want our kids and their kids to be able to swim in the same rivers that we did as children.  And by swim we mean swim. Its as simple as that.

Were standing up and saying we havent always got this right. More work is required and we will play our part. While there has been progress on farm in the past 10 years, we know there is more to be done, and that it must be done fast, and together.

Clean rivers arent an abstract concept for farmers.

This is the water we drink and wash with every day, not something we might visit a very few times a year.

Today isnt about laying out the detail on the huge amount of work going on already on farms up and down the country and how these efforts will need to increase.

Its about us as farming leaders signalling our commitment to making New Zealands rivers swimmable and doing everything we can to achieve that.

Ms Milne, says the group understands much of the work needed will be challenging for the farming sector.

Challenging yes, but a  lot will build on work already being undertaken.

We havent put a timeline on our commitment.  Each community will need to decide that for themselves.  This goal will be difficult to meet and we dont have all the answers today on how its going to be achieved, she says.

We know that we have work to do. We know it will be challenging for farmers. We know the answers are complex and we dont have them all now.   This commitment is simply the right thing to do in playing our part to give back to future generations what we enjoyed as kids.

The Farming Leaders Group is an informal grouping of New Zealand pastoral farming leaders that was established in May 2017 to work on issues of importance...


Election videos Labour and National Your NZ

Labours new election video is very Ardern orientated, with only brief glimpses of Grant Robertson and Kelvin Davis (who has been quickly relegated to the background) plus plenty of adoring supporters. 89,738 views. It is mostly visionary and is likely to excite and enthral many, but without any details. National has been promoting themselves like []


One of the oldest New Zealand books continuously in print for over 120 years Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

Yates Garden Guide
now in its 79th edition

First published in 1895, the Yates Garden Guide is one of the oldest New Zealand books in continuous publication. It remains the most comprehensive, reliable and practical source of advice for all New Zealand gardeners.
As our world changes, gardening habits change. Gardening fashions change, too. The Yates Garden Guide records, reflects and reacts to these changes, keeping each edition of the book new and up to date. The challenge over the last 122 years has been to keep the content fresh and relevant for succeeding generations.

While the Yates Garden Guide has grown and changed over the years, it remains a practical book that is of value to everyday homeowners, whether they garden on acreage, a small section, a balcony or a kitchen windowsill. This book offers value to all.

This fully revised new edition of the Yates Garden Guide includes hundreds of plant species, and everything you need to know about growing trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruit.
New additions to the 79th edition include:

New recommendations for pest and disease control and updated problem-solving charts
How to establish a community garden
Encouraging bees in the garden
Growing microgreens
A new herb planting and growing chart
Recommendations on keeping chickens
New and revised hints from some of New Zealand top gardeners

Yates Garden Guide 79th edition
Publication Date 1 September 2017 | RRP $49.99
published by HarperCollins New Zealand


The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 85 Kapiti Independent

The latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   What does the initials UNESCO, stand for?   Rottnest Island is off the coast of which Australian state?   Mace is the flesh that surrounds the nut producing which spice?   In which century []


Sky High: Jean Battens Incredible Flying Adventures Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

Sky High: Jean Battens Incredible
Flying Adventures
David Hill & Phoebe Morris (illustrator)

This stunning picture book tells the true story of how Jean Batten became
an international superstar for her solo flights across the world.
The little plane has been flying across the sea for eight hours.
Huge black clouds surround it. Rain pours in. Wind slams.
The aircraft is tossed around like a leaf.

The pilot stares into the darkness. How much fuel is left? Is she flying in the right direction?
How long till she reaches land?
In 1934, Jean Batten set a world record for the fastest flight from England to Australia. Just
two years later, she made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand. Jeans
fearless determination and flying skills helped her survive storms and crashes, as she
crossed great oceans and lonely deserts in her tiny plane.

This gripping true story with its dazzling illustrations is the third from the award-winning
creators of the picture books First to the Top and Speed King.

More about David Hill
David Hill is a prolific and highly regarded New Zealand writer, playwright, poet, columnist
and critic. Best known for his very popular and award-winning body of work for young
people, ranging from picture books to teenage fiction, his novels have been published all
around the world and translated into several languages, and his short stories and plays for
young people have been broadcast here and overseas.
David has won a number of national and international awards for his writing and was made a
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004. Most recently, Speed King was a 2017
Storylines Notable Picture Book and First to the Top (2016) won the HELL Childrens Choice
Award for Non-Fiction and was also a 2016 Storylines Notable Picture Book. Enemy Camp
(2016) won the 2016 HELL Childrens Choice Award for Junior Fiction. Brave Company
(2014) was also a Storylines Notable Junior Fiction book. My Brothers War (2012), won
the Junior Fiction and the Childrens Choice Junior Fiction awards in the 2013 New Zealand
Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, as well as a 2014 IBBY Honour Award.

1 August
Picture Puffin
RRP $25.00


Latest News from The Bookseller Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

CUP backs down over China censorship
Cambridge University Press has back-pedalled on its decision to censor hundreds of articles from one of its flagship journals in China.

Tributes paid to 'extraordinary' Brian Aldiss
Extraordinary science fiction writer Brian Aldiss died on Saturday (19th August) after celebrating his 92nd birthday the previous day.

Australia to tax online overseas book orders
Australia will reportedly begin a 10% tax on books ordered online from within Australia and shipped from abroad.

Bloomsbury to launch China imprint; Charkin honoured in Beijing
Bloomsbury has announced the launch of an English language imprint in China next year, while its executive director Richard Charkin has been given a major honour in Beijing for his contribution to the promotion of Chinese publishing overseas. book sales up 46% in 2017, says report's book sales grew 46% to $3bn (2.33bn) in the first half of 2017, while e-book sales increased 6% to $750m, making the book sector a "stable contributor" to the company's overall success.

Twitter will render children illiterate in 20 years says Jacobson
Novelist Howard Jacobson has said children may be illiterate in 20 years' time, thanks to the rise of smartphones and social media platforms such as Twitter.


Loop snaps up film rights to YA debut Birdy
Film rights have been sold for Birdy, a debut YA novel published by Hot Key Books in 2015, portraying a claustrophobic and menacing friendship between two young women.

Flower-pressed plants feature in Templar debut
Big Picture Press, an imprint of Templar Publishing, has acquired A Year in the Wild, a debut non-fiction title by illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri using nothing but pressed plants.

Comic novel on divorce and badgers to Sandstone
Sandstone Press has acquired a comic literary novel about divorce, mortality and badgers by Rob Palk.

ACE launches library podcast series
Arts Council England (ACE) is launching a series of podcasts to highlight the "positive impact" libraries have on the community.


Publishers Lunch Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

Today's Meal

People, Etc.

Tina Pohlman left her position as publisher of Open Road in late July, the latest veteran executive to leave the company, which she joined in early 2012. Philip Rappaport is acting publisher, and Libby Jordan will join the company in the new role of executive director, marketing operations. Most recently she was vp, marketing at Bookshout, and has been an advisor to Open Road for many years.

The company's marketing department has been organized into three teams: marketing operations, audience development, and analytics, with Jordan and the other group heads reporting to Mary McAveney. Recent hires on the title marketing team under Jordan include senior director of marketing Hillary Tisman, digital marketing manager Andrew Chapell, and digital marketing coordinator Juliann Fiorentino.

In announcements from the Beijing Book Fair, Richard Charkin said in a speech that Bloomsbury China will launch next year, publishing English-language originals and works in translation, run out of the publisher's London office.

Europa Editions will move their distribution to PGW from Penguin Random House Publisher Services as of February 2018. The deal covers the US, Canada and the rest of the world, except for the UK, Ireland and Italy (with the Ferrante books a big draw in export markets). Europa has been with Penguin and then PRH for the past 10 years, prior to which they were distributed by Consortium. Editor-in-chief Michael Reynolds says in the announcement, "We made a decision based on what was best for our authors, their books, and our business. The Penguin Random House reps, some of whom have been selling our titles for almost 10 years, have done an amazing job getting us to this point, and we're indebted to them. Now, all of us at Europa are energized by the prospects for growth and the greater visibility that PGW and Ingram offer."

Separately, Penguin Random House Publisher Services will distribute children's publisher Holiday House starting May 1, 2018 for the U.S. and December 1, 2018 for Canada and all other territories.


Quote of the Day: The intellectual and moral high ground when it comes to environmentalism ought to be taken by those who believe in private property Not PC

What is needed for better husbandry of ecological resources is more widespread and deeper establishment of property rights together with their enforcement. The cause of environmentalism is often associated with the Left. This is despite the fact that some of the worst environmental outcomes in the history of our planet have been associated with Communist governments.
    Indeed, the intellectual and moral high ground when it comes to environmentalism ought to be taken by those who believe in private property, strong community institutions and a free economy.
    [Why?]  If things are owned, they will tend to be looked after. The owner of a lake will not [likely] fish it to near extinction (or even over-fish the lake to a small degree) because the breeding potential of the fish would be reduced.
    On the other hand, if the lake is not owned by anybody, or if it is owned by the government and fishing is unregulated, the lake will be fished to extinction because nobody has any benefit from holding back. Local businesses may well also pollute the lake if there are no well-defined ownership rights.

~ Philip Booth, from his article If You Really Want to Protect the Environment, Privatise It

Heres John Stossel

[Hat tip Dan Mitchell]



Election 2017 PREFU day Your NZ

With one month until the 2017 election today is the day the Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU) comes out. This will signal the amount of money available for more election promises, policies and bribes. It is likely to accentuate the tax cut versus more taxes argument that looks set to differentiate National and Labour. []


Black Ferns win semi-final Your NZ

Womens rugby gets nothing like the coverage of the male version, and the Black Ferns get a fraction of the attention of the All Blacks, but they have been having a very good world cup in Ireland. They have just beaten the USA in a semi-final 45 to 12. RNZ:  Black Ferns into Rugby World []


Quote of the day Homepaddock

Were all pilgrims on the same journey but some pilgrims have better road maps.  Nelson DeMille who celebrates his 74th birthday today.

Filed under: quotes Tagged: Nelson DeMille


Similar old, or a new generation? Your NZ

There has been an extraordinary turnover of party leaders this term see Why are so many party leaders resigning? John Key decided to call time on leading the country, but there has also been an exit signalled by many MPs who played a part in Parliament last century. Like Phil Goff, Peter Dunne, Annette King, Maurice []


Dunnes legacy Your NZ

Peter Dunnes 33 year political career hasnt set the world on fire Donald Trump may do that in 33 months but he is regarded by those who know as a competent and effective politician in Parliament, and a hard working electorate MP. He has practiced pragmatic incrementalism, but now sees himself as not []


General chat Your NZ

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


Media watch Wednesday Your NZ

23 August 2017 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 []


Open Forum Wednesday Your NZ

23 August 2017 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 []


The Emerging Sperm Count Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Health"

If sperm counts continue declining at the current rate, humans could become extinct.

Analyzing nearly 200 studies, researchers have found that the sperm counts in men across North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have halved in less than forty years. The study found that the decline in mens sperm counts may also be accelerating.

Although the study didnt investigate the potential causes of this sharp decline, prior research has implicated exposures to man-made chemicals, especially endocrine disruptors that are plentiful in many consumer products and the pesticides sprayed on our food.

Weve previously reported the evidence that GMOs could also be culprits in declining sperm counts. In a Russian study on hamsters, scientists observed that consumption of GM soybeans tended to slow their sexual maturation, and completely eliminating their ability to reproduce. This can take several generations to unfold. Another study uncovered similar infertility in third-generation mice that consumed GM corn.

There are natural ways to improve male fertility in addition to protecting oneself from exposure to endocrine disruptors, which can be found in unexpected places, such as dental offices or checkout receipts. Natural medicine specialists can also help with more sophisticated tests as well as the right food, supplements, and exercise. Something as simple as enough Vitamin D can make all the difference in restoring fertility.


Tuesday, 22 August


World watch Wednesday Your NZ

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


August 23 in history Homepaddock

30 BC After the successful invasion of EgyptOctavian executed Marcus Antonius Antyllus, eldest son of Marc Antony, and Caesarion, the last king of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt and only child of Caesar and Cleopatra.

20 BC  Ludi Volcanalici were held within the temple precinct of Vulcan, and used by Augustus to mark the treaty with Parthia and the return of thelegionary standards that had been lost at the Battle of Carrhae in 53 BC.

79  Mount Vesuvius began stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.

1305  William Wallace, Scottish patriot, was executed for high treason.

1328  Battle of Cassel: French troops stopped an uprising of Flemish farmers.

1514  Battle of Chaldiran ended with a decisive victory for the Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, Safavids founder.

1572   St. Bartholomews Day massacre  Mob violence against Huguenots in Paris.

1595  Michael the Brave confronted the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni.

1708  Meidingnu Pamheiba was crowned King of Manipur.

1775 King George III declared that the American colonies existed in a state of open and avowed rebellion.

1793 French Revolution: a leve en masse was decreed by the National Convention.

1799  Napoleon left Egypt for France en route to seize power.

1813  Battle of Grossbeeren, the Prussians under Von Blow repulsed the French army.

1839  The United Kingdom captured...


The man without a legacy Bat, Bean, Beam

In honour of the election campaign and also party leaders resigning, here's the essay I wrote for Overland at the end of last year when John Key left office. But I also have a new piece at the Pantograph Punch about the role of the media in taking down Metiria Turei. If you're only going to read one of them, read that one.  You could almost say that the only thing John Key was good at


Kiwi Kids Being Taught to Hate Wild Animals Kapiti Independent

American academic alarmed  by Ben Hope Dr Marc Bekoff, an American professor of ecology, is alarmed at New Zealand school children in schools being taught to hate wild animals and even practise cruelty to them. He blamed government policy as the catalyst saying the cruelty teachings were all part of the countrys war on wildlife, []


Election Aotearoa Leaders Debate Your NZ

Oriini Kaipara and Heta Gardiner lead the Election Aotearoa Leaders Debate. Tuesday 22 August, 8.00pm On Maori TV, and streamed live on and Kelvin Davis (Labour) Te Ururoa Flavell (Mori Party) James Shaw (Greens) Gareth Morgan (Opportunities Party) Hone Harawira (Mana) See: Maori poll semi interesting NZ First refused to take part in a debate with Gareth Morgan. []


The Ardern agenda Your NZ

Jacinda Ardern has been around different media being question about policies, especially tax. RNZ: Campaign day 2: lets talk about tax, baby Its day two of the election campaign and Labour faced pressure to provide more detail on its tax plans, but is keeping its cards close to its chest for now. She was []


Trump expanding Afghan war he had denounced Your NZ

Candidate Trump last year denounced US involvement in the Aghan war. President Trump has just announced an expansion of the longest running war that the US has been involved in. Fox News:  Trump the unconventional president proposes a conventional response for Afghanistan more US soldiers President Donald Trump has now officially embraced and expanded []


Reporter Who Exposed BBC Pedophilia Cover Up Found Dead Uncensored NZ Blog

Liz MacKean, the former British investigative reporter who exposed Jimmy Savile and the culture of pedophile protection at the BBC, has been found dead. She was 52. MacKean worked at the BBC until she quit in 2013 after executives decided to ban her groundbreaking and brave investigation into predatory pedophile Jimmy Savile in order to protect him and []

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Green problems continue Your NZ

A battered Green party seems to have taken another hit with one of their top staff stepping down and another either stepping or being pushed sideways. Whatever the reason, a month out from the election this has to be disruptive and an indication of ongoing repercussions in the party after a damaging few weeks. NZH: []


Maori poll semi interesting Your NZ

Maori TV has done a poll through Reid Research. It has a large sample size of 2515, a low margin of error of 1.95, but it was conducted over a very eventful five weeks so its hard to know how useful it is. Party vote: Labour 46.5% Maori Party 17.5% NZ First 13.8% National 9.5% []


Asian Stocks Mixed After Wall Street Gains "IndyWatch Feed War"

BEIJING Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday after Wall Street gained as investors looked ahead to this weeks gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.2 percent to 3,292.30 points and Hong Kongs Hang Seng advanced 1 percent to 27,437.76. Seouls Kospi added 0.4 percent to 2,364.57 while Tokyos Nikkei 225 shed 0.1 percent to 19,379.75. Sydneys S&P-ASX 200 advanced 0.2 percent to 5,738.70 and Indias Sensex gained just under 0.1 percent to 31,282.90. Benchmarks in Taiwan, New Zealand, Singapore and Bangkok rose while Malaysia and the Philippines declined.


The Alternative Hunters, By G Squared Uncensored NZ Blog

The Alternative Hunters have just been exposed to another Bombshell Exclusive by the ill informed, distorter, conspiracy theorist, and paid puppet, Alex Jones. It concerns National Security Advisor McMaster. His sources are what his troupe have previously read in the public domain (NYT, WP, and Bannons Breitbart), and Roger Stone. All of which are unreliable, []

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Word of the day Homepaddock

Fopdoodle   stupid or insignificant fellow; fool; simpleton; someone of little significance.

Filed under: language Tagged: fopdoodle


Just plain bizarre! 124 year old books with VERY weird parallels to 2016-17 Uncensored NZ Blog

What to make of this? From the Library Of Congress: Can it be some sort of elaborate hoax? Any enlightening info or opinions would be appreciated!   Published on Aug 9, 2017 August 9, 2017: Books surface from over 124 years ago, entered at the Library of Congress with many uncanny references pertaining to todays []

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More Books: Accentuate The Positive! Kapiti Independent

Excellent finale to the 1960s civil unrest trilogy By Ralph McAllister A mixed bag of books this month so lets start with the best of a rather indifferent collection. Greg Iles fans will need no encouragement to read the final part of his trilogy, Mississippi Blood. This one spends most of the time in the []


On a lighter darker note Homepaddock

North America experienced a total solar eclipse yesterday their-time, this morning in NZ.

NASA explains it here.

And  Cowsmopolitan Dairy Magazine reacted with this:

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Once upon a time there was light in my life. But now theres only dark at the barn. Nothing I can do. A solar eclipse at the farm.


Filed under: Farming, science, smiles Tagged: Cowsmopolitan Dairy Magazine, Nasa, total eclipse ...

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