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324 Constantine the Great decisively defeated Licinius in the Battle of Chrysopolis, establishing Constantines sole control over the Roman Empire.
1180 Philip Augustus became king of France.
1454 In the Battle of Chojnice, the Polish army was defeated by the Teutonic army during the Thirteen Years War.
1709 Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer, was born (d. 1784).
1739 The Treaty of Belgrade was signed, ceding Belgrade to the Ottoman Empire.
1793 The first cornerstone of the Capitol building was laid by George Washington.
1809 The Royal Opera House in London opened.
1810 First Government Junta in Chile.
1812 The 1812 Fire of Moscow died down after destroying more than three quarters of the city. Napoleon returned from the Petrovsky Palace to the Moscow Kremlin, which was spared from the fire.
1837 Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City.
1838 The Anti-Corn Law League was established by Richard Cobden.
1850 The U.S. Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.
1851 First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becameThe New York Times.
1858 Kate Booth, English Salvation Army, officer was born (d. 1955).
1863 American Civil War: Battle of Chickamauga.
1870 Old Faithful Geyser was observed and named by...
How safe is vaccination? To hear it from proponents of the vaccine industry, vaccines are based on rock-solid science that proves them to be completely safe and widely effective. from: https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/salud/salud_vacunas67.htm (click link for full story) To hear it from proponents of the vaccine industry, vaccines are based on rock-solid science that proves them 
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A text telling you your flight to Queenstown hs been cancelled is not what you want to be greeted with when you land in Auckland after spending the best part of a day travelling.
Wonderful service from Air New Zealand staff to get you on an alternative flight in spite of technical problems helps.
Today Im grateful for calmness when you would be excused for being anything but, and service above and beyond the call of duty.
The 2018 ski season is in to its final month in the southern hemisphere and a number of areas have already closed until next winter begins in June/July 2019, but New Zealand's South Island is currently enjoying some of the biggest snowfalls of their season. Coronet Peak, pictured above earlier today, says it expects to have 60cm (two feet) of fresh snow waiting by tomorrow morning. Treble Cone (pictured below) reported it had had 50cm of snow and that the snow was still falling at a rate of 5-10cm per hour. Most areas were forced to close today and will assess conditions in the morning top see if it is possible to re-open on Tuesday. This was Cardrona earlier today with 35cm of snow at that point and still dumping:
Farmers have suffered "devastating" lamb losses in eastern and central North Island over the last two weeks with an estimated toll of about 100,000. At current prices of $144 per mature lamb, the economic hit could be $14.4 million. By contrast Otago and Southland farmers are expected to escape lightly from the impact of snow that has fallen on Monday. Federated Farmers high country chairman Simon Williamson said lambing would not begin in the areas where most snow had fallen until the beginning of October.
What Did She Say?
Ardern wants a growing economy that is working for all of us, wellbeing for New Zealanders and their families, and a country we can be proud of....
How to Tell if a Policy is Absurd
If the opposite of a policy sounds absurd, then the policy is absurd. Who would campaign for a shrinking economy that doesnt work, misery for New Zealanders and their families, and a country we should be ashamed of on the global stage? The opposite of ACTs policies are more state control in education, heavier handed regulation of the economy, higher levels of taxation and Government expenditure, and more Government ownership. All inferior opposites of ACTs actual policies, but not absurd.
Chapters on a Victoria University book reviewing the 2017 election by each of the party leaders. Newshub Stardust and Substance: the 2017 election through politicians eyes Accounts of political events by politicians themselves can be worse than useless and should be read with great caution. Politicians are simply too close to what happened to really 
As the 2018-19 meat export season begins, Beef + Lamb New Zealands (B+LNZ) New Season Outlook 2018-19 report forecasts beef, lamb, and mutton prices to remain firm at historically high levels, helped by an expected weakening New Zealand dollar and strong export demand.
We forecast slight increases in farm-gate prices for lamb and mutton in 2018-19, as prices are expected to remain relatively steady in New Zealands main export markets and benefit from an expected easing of the New Zealand dollar, says B+LNZ Chief Economist Andrew Burtt. . .
(BusinessDesk) New Zealand sheep and beef farm profits are expected to decline in the coming year as higher spending outweighs a lift in revenue from the products they sell.
The average farm is expected to earn a pre-tax profit of $129,700 in the June 2019 year, down 2.8 percent from a pre-tax profit of $133,500 in the 2017/18 year, according to industry group Beef+Lamb New Zealand. . .
China is the key market for New Zealand sheep meat Keith Woodford:
Some weeks back I wrote how the New Zealand sheep industry is in a sweet spot, with record prices. I also wrote that China is now easily our largest sheep meat market by volume. Here I share the story of some of the things that have been happening in that market, and how demand for New Zealand sheep meats has potential to further increase.
The starting point is to recognise that Chinas own sheep industry is much bigger than New Zealands. Whereas New Zealand has about 27 million sheep, China has about 150 million. However, most of these are farmed on arid lands in the west and far north of China, often at high altitude. Much of the product is consumed by the local people and does not reach the big cities. . .
Dry in south but wet up north Annette Scott:
A mild, dry winter and a good start to spring has set Canterbury farmers up well but theres concern of a big dry setting in.
Opuha Water chief executive Andrew Mockford said farmers have revelled in the great win...
Animal rights activists in Germany killed four cows and left 40 more critically ill:
Idiot animal rights activists KILLED four cows and left 40 others critically ill after releasing them into a feeding pen where the beasts ate themselves to death.
Suspects are believed to have trespassed onto an organic farm in Germany on Saturday night and released dozens of dairy cows and calves.
The cows then headed straight to the feeding pen where they ate up to 10kg of concentrated feed with catastrophic results.
They are normally fed a maximum of 2kg a day.
Anja Schiemann, the farms managing director, told the Berliner Zeitung: Too much concentrate feed causes the digestive system in the rumen to be severely disturbed.
The damage to the liver is just too much. . . .
A similar accusation could be made against anti 1080 activists. Without it native plants, birds and insects will die.
The ODT opines:
The case for 1080 use in New Zealands forests is overwhelming, no matter the fervent protests of the past two weeks.
Each independent investigation into its use has come to that conclusion.
Yet, the Department of Conservation and its staff have had to put up with abuse and worse. Tampering with the wheel nuts on vehicles, as has been reported, is downright criminal and dangerous.
Blatant fake news and completely misleading photographs have been spread around the internet, news stories hijacked by activists, and 1080 drops disrupted.
There is, indeed, no doubting the genuine feelings of the anti-1080 brigade, including the majority who act responsibly in their opposition. But they, like the irresponsible, are sadly and badly misguided.
Some of the fervour is understandable. Dog owners are fearful of the awful death their charges might suffer should they eat carcasses of mammals killed by the poison. Others are concerned about the deer by-kill, meaning fewer animals to hunt.
Much worse than these concerns, though, is the massacre by possums, stoats and rats. They lay waste forests of birds and chick...
Radio New Zealand | 14 September 2018
The kingdoms on the French Pacific island of Futuna have ruled out allowing any work related to seabed mining in their waters, saying their stance is final.
The rejection of any further exploration of the seabed was expressed at a meeting in Futuna with French delegates sent to explain the potential of mining rare earths.
The king of Sigave as well as a leader of the kingdom of Alo told local television that any discussion about land matters had to held with the customary leadership and not with the assembly of Wallis and Futuna.
They said they had seen the negative impact of activities in French Polynesia and didnt want a repeat of them in Wallis and Futuna.
At the beginning of this decade French teams carried out three exploratory missions in the territorys waters without consulting the local kings who are officially recognised by the French republic and on its payroll....
Jacinda Ardern has bowed to Winston Peters her big speech yesterday talked not of a Labour-led governs but either this government or the coalition government.
The speech was an attempt to show coalition unity after the recent shambles, and told us very little new.
She talked of 12 priorities, but when it came to details, it was mostly the what with little how, and the what was more about what theyve done or already announced than what they will do.
It was full of platitudes like:
. . .We will:
A. Ensure everyone who is able to, is earning, learning, caring or volunteering . .
And the plan? It was a whole lot more about where they want to go with little about how theyll get there.
A good government knows where its going, and how to get there, from the start, not nearly one year into a three-year term.
The plan such as it is, is here.
An important item in Sunday last night on male sexual abuse they claimed that 1 in 6 males have been victims of abuse. In this item the abusers were men, women, children, teens. Male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Brave Kiwi guys, sharing their stories in the hope that others will seek help. Brave 
An interesting interview on Morning Report. Kim Hill is a rarity amongst interviewers, she gave at least as good as she got. UP NEXT: @winstonpeters discusses coalition govt, & after 0730, @simonjbridges for his regular Monday interview. Tune in: 101FM, https://t.co/cx9lxfi98A https://t.co/IK6HfYTAyk Morning Report (@NZMorningReport) September 16, 2018 "Of course [Jacinda Ardern] is driving 
Whataboutism, like what about John Key is common. Urban dictionary: When you deflect criticism by pointing out flaws in your opponent, specifically using the phrase what about x? This is an attempt to excuse you from changing you behavior by painting your opponent as a hypocrite. An example came up yesterday in one of many defences of Jacinda Ardern pulling 
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern claimed pure MMP in her speech at the Governments PR rally in Auckland yesterday: Next month marks the first anniversary of this Government. Not only have we achieved a huge amount, weve done it as the most pure form of MMP government New Zealand has ever had. Perhaps the lady doth 
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Submitted by Zombie Democracy Blog Welcome to NZ: We offer 2nd highest rates of cancer in the world! Cancer deaths to rise to 9.6 million worldwide in 2018 WHO 20 Countries with the Highest Cancer Rates in the World Ranked by estimated new cases per 100,000 people in 2018: Australia (468.0) New Zealand (438.1) Ireland (373.7) 
1111 Highest Galician nobility led by Pedro Frilaz de Traba and the bishop Diego Gelmrez crowned Alfonso VII as King of Galicia.
1176 The Battle of Myriokephalon.
1462 The Battle of wiecino (also known as the Battle of arnowiec) during Thirteen Years War.
1577 The Peace of Bergerac was signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots.
1631 Sweden won a major victory at the Battle of Breitenfeld against the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years War.
1778 The Treaty of Fort Pitt was signed, the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe (the Lenape or Delaware Indians).
1787 The United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia.
1809 Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War, the territory which became Finland was ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn.
1859 Joshua A. Norton declared himself Emperor Norton I of the United States.
1862 American Civil War: George B. McClellan halted the northward drive of Robert E. Lees Confederate army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.
1862 American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion resulted in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.
1883 William Carlos Williams, American writer, was born (d. 1963).
1894 The Battle of Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War.
While the countrys eyes are on New Zealand for tomorrow mornings basketball match between Lebanon and the Tall Blacks, a 20-year-old Hady Habib, ranked #643 in the ATP, claimed the final point in the tie against Thailand on their soil in the early hours of Sunday, to promote our countrys tennis delegation once more to the highest state it reached on 4 occasions previously: the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I, having slipped to as low as Group III in 2016.
After a couple of wins yesterday with Hadi Habib edging past Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul 4-6 7-6 (2) 5-3 (ret.) and 23-year-old ATP #370 Benjamin Hassan securing a 2-0 lead on day 1 for Lebanon with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Palaphoom Kovapitukted, we looked poised to win the tie against Thailand, with the need to claim 1 more match out of the 3 remaining rubbers to clinch the encounter.
But the far-eastern team, who previously reached the Davis Cup World Group Play-offs on 4 occasions and are ranked #41 at this level, dug deep to draw the tie 2-2 after a doubles win this morning 6-0 6-3 between Sonchat Ratiwatana/Sanchai Ratiwatana and Jad Ballout/Giovanni Samaha, followed by Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul narrowly beating Benjamin Hassan 6-4 4-6 6-4.
The final word, however, was for Lebanon, currently ranked #52 in the Davis Cup up from #93 in 2016, with Hady Habib proving too good for the Thai, securing the tie by dismantling Palaphoom Kovapitukted 6-3 6-3 to send Lebanon yet again to the 2019 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I, having been there 4 times before in the late 1990s and early 2000s (2002), without being able to win a single match at this level.
Note that Lebanon has never reached the World Group Play-offs stage in its 35 years of participating at the Davis Cup (started in 1957), and will be vying to qualify for it in 2019, by battling in a tough Asia/Oceania Zone Group I that will include so far #28 P.R. China, #34 Pakistan and #36 South Korea.
The moment Hady Habib turned the clock back to 2002
Hady Habib leads Lebanon into Davis Cup Zone 1 for the first time in history...
This just in on my MSN newsfeed: A magnitude-5.6 earthquake has hit the West Australian town of Manjimup, about 300 kilometres south-west of Perth, with tremors felt as far away as Perth and Albany. The earthquake happened about 1:00pm (WST). There were no reports of damage. The Bureau of Meteorology WA said there was no 
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If in this I have been tedious, it may be some excuse, I had not time to make it shorter. William Cowper
My Scottish uncle used to quote his brother-in-law who was a minister who when delivering sermons practiced his theory that if you couldnt strike oil in 10 minutes you should stop boring.
Today Im grateful for people with the time, and wit, to make shorter whatever it is they have to say.
The Governments Priorities For New Zealand Peters is up first. He is doing a Trump, saying that the media dont tell the public what the Government are doing. The first true MMP government thats repeated nonsense. Otherwise its a general revision of what the Government is doing in relation to NZ First policies, tree 
One of those days when the light is so clear it sings, and even though you feel like theres something you came here to do & theres something in the light that reminds you of that, its not as important as you thought & maybe its better to just be there in the day instead, singing right along. So Clear 2016 Brian Andreas posted with permission.
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Dermot Nottingham has not acted alone in his actions taken against many people, including harassment and defamation via laudafinem.com and in a number of legal proceedings, some of which have been described as abuses of process, vexatious and more by various judges. In April Nottingham was found guilty at a jury trial of five charges 
With no jail time for executives and half a trillion in post-crisis profits, the big banks have made out like bandits during the post-crash period. September 11, 2018 at 10:16 pm Written by Jake Johnson (CD) The 2008 financial meltdown inflicted devastating financial and psychological damage upon millions of ordinary Americans, but a new 
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Jacinda Ardern has been, in my opinion, justifiably criticised for pulling out of two weekend interviews that had been scheduled with Newshub Nation and Q+A. Instead Ardern is giving a Coalition Reset speech today at 1 pm. Sam Sachdeva previews it at Newsroom: Arderns chance to change the narrative Ardern will unveil what is intended 
The identity of a South Island livestock killer remains a mystery.
Nine months ago Peter McLeod, who farms in Kauri Bush near Dunedin, was left with nine dead lambs cattle from neighbouring farms were also shot and killed.
But the culprit was never caught.
Earlier this week three newborn lambs were killed in Mosgiel, bringing back bad memories for Mr McLeod. . .
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) welcomes the final report from the Prime Ministers former Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman which effectively endorses B+LNZs approach for individual farm plans as a tool for helping the agricultural sector play its part in combating climate change.
In May of this year in launching its Environment Strategy B+LNZ set itself two ambitious goals for the sheep and beef sector to be carbon neutral by 2050 and for every farm to have an active farm plan by the end of 2021. . .
Rural women want more time off-farm, better sleep and more exercise to improve their wellbeing, a Farmstrong survey has found.
More than 800 farming women did the survey online or at in-depth, face-to-face interviews.
There was also a high interest in other topics that Farmstrong focuses on including nutrition and thinking strategies to deal with the ups and downs of farming, Farmstrong project manager Gerard Vaughan said.
Some of the other topic areas that the survey revealed women are interested in include mindfulness, relaxation techniques, self-confidence and self-compassion. . .
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A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes allot he difference A.A. Milne (via Eyeore).
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Sperm counts are way down. This is a striking finding that has profound implications for humanity.
For this reason and many other reasons, some questioning if this is the last generation of humans that will inhabit the planet.
Research on men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand found that there respective sperm counts are plunging, according to several recent studies.
Among the subjects from these recent studies there has been a collective average of over a 50% decline in sperm concentration and a 60% decline in total sperm count over a nearly 40-year period ending in 2015.
One study published in the Journal of Human Reproduction, found that the trend was peaking. This is very startling and suggests that we have not seen anything close to the apex.
The globalists have tried to censor the Carlson study which was a meta-analysis of 61 studies that found the same emerging trend as far back as 1992. The most striking variable about the sperm studies is that even the quality, not just the quantity of the sperm is being impacted.
The attack on human reproductivity is not confined to the quality and quantity of sperm counts. Humanity is also attack from a social and cultural perspective as well. Kindergartens in Sweden are not allowed to use the pronouns of he and she. Boys can and will marry boys. The same is true for girls. Boys are often taught to wear dresses. And it is not just Sweden. In Canada if one addresses another, even innocently, by a gender pronoun not preferred by the person being spoken to, the offender can be sent to jail. In America, gay marriage (ie one that does not produce offspring) is legal. There are emerging arguments to wrong-headed academia types are embracing the concepts of 97 genders. These same people engage in scathing rebukes of anything resembling masculinity. Homosexuality is glorified in th...
The coalition will include the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada Americas partners within the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance as well as Japan and South Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an American military official. This is apparently the first US-led effort to track fuel deliveries to North Korea.
The coalition countries will contribute warships and military
surveillance aircraft to track maritime traffic in the area. USS
Blue Ridge, the command ship of US Navys 7th Fleet stationed in
Yokosuka, Japan, will host over 50 multinational personnel.
Additionally, a so-called Enforcement Coordination Center has been created on the Blue Ridge to man monitoring operations. The WSJ says this will ensure more bridge-to-bridge communications between allied ships and other vessels.
However, the move is not free of setbacks, WSJ notes. Japan and South Korea are reluctant to share intelligence with each other, while Seoul has its own disagreements with Washington. Also, the US Indo-Pacific Command, the body in charge of the coalition effort, has little experience in running multinational operations.
The story has emerged as the US tries to tighten its grip on North Korea despite both countries having sought to mend ties after the milestone Trump-Kim summit in Singapore last July. Earlier this week, Washington called an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council in response to what it claims are efforts by some countries to undermine and obstruct sanctions imposed on North Korea.
A US Navy ship will reportedly host military personnel from the Five Eyes countries plus Japan and South Korea to monitor foreign vessels delivering fuel to the North in violation of UN sanctions. The coalition will include the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada - America's partners within the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance - as well as Japan and South Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an American military official. This is apparently the first US-led effort to track fuel deliveries to North Korea. The coalition countries will contribute warships and military surveillance aircraft to track maritime traffic in the area. USS 'Blue Ridge,' the command ship of US Navy's 7th Fleet stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, will host over 50 multinational personnel. Additionally, a so-called Enforcement Coordination Center has been created on the 'Blue Ridge' to man monitoring operations. The WSJ says this will ensure more "bridge-to-bridge" communications between allied ships and other vessels.
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