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1770 James Bruce discovered what he believed to be the source of the Nile.
1805 Fanny Mendelssohn, German composer and pianist, was born (d. 1847).
1840 Claude Monet, French painter, was born (d. 1926).
1878 Julie Manet, French painter, was born (d. 1966).
1889 Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days.
1896 Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States was born, (d. 1979)
1908 Joseph McCarthy, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, was born (d. 1957).
1918 Czechoslovakia became a republic.
1919 Veronica Lake, American actress, was born (d. 1973).
1921 The Communist Party of Spain was founded.
1921 Brian Keith, American actor, was born. (d. 1997).
1922 The BBC began radio service.
1922 Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian UN Secretary-General, was born
1923 Kentaro Suzuki completed his ascent of Mount Iizuna.
1935 King Hussein of Jordan was born (d. 1999).
1940 Coventry was...
Summer sea ice in Antarctica dropped significantly last year and remains low. Scientists say time is needed (years) to determine if it is a one-off irregularity, or if a tipping point has been passed and Antarctica is catching up with Arctic warming. Source: http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/ 2017 (blue) is similar to an unusual low on 2002 (green), 
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From The NATIONAL BUSINESS REVIEW October 27th 2017
The Limits of Cleverness versus Capitalism
Hidesight - Rodney Hide
I have concluded our new prime minister Jacinda Ardern is clever stupid.
She's quick, has good analytical skills and communicates well. There's no doubt she's clever.
But she's stupid on how the world works and lacks thought-through principles and values. She bobs along on feelings and sounding good and thereby perfectly in tune with a media that emotes rather than reports and analyses.
By her own account she grew up Mormon but jumped to socialism, becoming president of the International Union of Socialist Youth. She substituted one whacky religion for another. Her work experience is university and Parliament, first as a Labour Party staffer, then as an MP.
She's driven by belief, not understanding. She can't argue ideas and must dismiss her opponents as uncaring or not yet enlightened. The shortcoming in opposing ideas is not the ideas themselves but the moral deficiency of those expressing them.
When asked if capitalism had failed low-income New Zealanders, the prime minister-designate said: "If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that's a blatant failure. What else could could you describe it as?"
"Hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive." That means "hundreds of thousands of children" dying because of material want. It's nonsense. There would be UN relief missions and international popstars having concerts to aid New Zealand were her claim true.
It's part of the media-manufactured Jacindamania that such rubbish claims are passed over. She cares, that's enough. It's as if her nonsensical hyperbole underscores the extent of her caring. "Yes, she might have been out by a few hundred children, and yes, they're not exactly not surviving, but her heart is in the right place."
The problem of poor and neglected children is not the fault of capitalism but of welfarism. Generations of handouts have robbed too many of any sense of personal responsibility even for the care and upbringing of their own children.
It's perfectly respectable now not to provide for yourself, nor house your family, nor commit in any way to your partner in child-making and to have children without the ability to provide or care or them.
It's not your fault. You're a v...
Mrs. Katherine Griggs, wife of Colonel George Griggs (Special Operations) gives an insight of the twisted evil of the American Intelligence community and the methods they use to recruit and control operatives.
https://ds.iris.edu/seismon/eventlist/index.phtml?region=Central_Asia&lon=45.94&lat=34.89 (CNN) A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake Sunday in the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border, killed scores of people in Iran, Iranian officials said. State-run Press TV reported at least 130 people were killed in Iran, citing the deputy governor of Kermanshah province, Mojtaba Nikkerdar. Citing the head of Irans 
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From Sweet Liberty: AMAZING history not widely known! Keep in mind this is being told by a Jewish defector in 1961, in DC A Jewish Defector Warns America: Benjamin Freedman Speaks on Zionism This should do it! For the second and last time we are updating the transcript of Ben Freedmans 1961 speech at the 
Theres rosemary, thats for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. William Shakespeare, Hamlet A time to remember By Roger Childs Back in mid October there was a poignant service at the Mary Potter Hospice in Kapiti. Loved ones of those who were helped by the Hospice over the previous five months, before they passed on, were 
Busy sporting times By Roger Childs There was plenty of excitement over the weekend in a mixed bag of results for New Zealand. The All Blacks, The Breakers and The Phoenix(!) won, while the Kiwis and Maori All Blacks lost. Meanwhile the All Whites, seeking World Cup qualification, lived to fight another day in Lima, 
Reuters | Radio New Zealand | 13 November 2017
The Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan has temporarily shut the main supply route to its Papua mine after a shooting incident, a spokesman says, amid escalating tensions between security forces and an armed Papuan group in the area.
No one had been reported hurt after shots were fired at a vehicle, but the main supply route to the worlds second-biggest copper mine had been temporarily closed while the security situation was assessed, Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said in text message.
Authorities in Indonesias eastern province of Papua are delivering food and aid to villages near the mine where security forces say the rebel group has blocked residents movement, as security personnel surround the area, a police official said.
Police said a group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM) was preventing about 1000 people f...
Amy Wiggins writes in the front page of the NZ Herald on Friday November 10th 2017, that as the prices for fresh fruit and vegetables rise they are becoming out of reach for low income families. The article goes on to say that many New Zealanders are struggling to afford to buy enough fresh produce to feed their families a healthy diet.
I agree with both of these statements and in fact when you take into account the land use restrictions on the horticultural industry, contained within the Healthy Rivers Proposed Plan Change 1 (PC1); this is going to create extremely serious food security problems into the future.
A huge percentage of the countrys population rely on the Waikato Regions fruit and vegetable producers for security of their food supply and with the restrictions on horticultural land use that occur as a result of PC1, they are going to lose the security of supply that they currently have. . .
TPP back on with new name, Canada apparently back on board Pattrick Smellie:
Nov. 11 walked away from the deal, but returned to the negotiating table claiming a misunderstanding.
Briefing New Zealand media ahead of the APEC Leaders Retreat in Da Nang, Viet Nam, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said : I wouldnt want to speculate but I think probably were in a more stable place than we were yesterday.
Asked whether Canada was back in the tent and TPP was back on she said: I would characterise it in that way, yes. . .
The UK is the most overweight country in Western Europe, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has stated. Over 63 percent of adults in Britain are overweight OECD says. The 2017 Obesity Update report found that the UK is the sixth fattest nation out of 35 OECD member countries, with a 27 percent adult obesity rate. The US, Mexico, New Zealand, Hungary and Australia fare worse than the UK, though. The countries with the lowest levels of obesity are Japan, Korea, Italy and Switzerland.
"No political system can establish universal rationality by law (or by force). But capitalism is the only system that functions in a way that rewards rationality and penalises all forms of irrationality, including racism."
~ Ayn Rand, from her 1963 article 'Racism'
How very sad for everyone involved that a dispute over a will ended up in court:
A woman who claimed it was unfair her brother was left the family farm while she received $1 million and a bach has again failed to get a bigger slice of their parents estate.
The Talbot family has been farming in South Canterbury for generations. The principal farm, Kingsborough Farm, was initially bought by the siblings grandfather in 1915.
It was run by Edwin and Pamela Talbot until their elder years when their only son, Graham, took over the management and financial responsibility of Kingsborough from 2006.
When Edwin and Pamela died in 2014 and 2015, respectively, they granted probate of their estates to Graham in their wills something that had previously been discussed among the whole family.
The evidence at trial established that Graham worked long hours on Kingsborough, that he took minimal drawings, and that it is likely that the farm would have had to have been sold if Graham had not left school to work on it, the Court of Appeals decision said.
This is not an unusual situation.
One or more family members works on the farm, taking minimal drawings, ploughing more back into the farm; making a significant contribution to the maintenace, development and capital growth of the property; and earning a bigger share of the estate than other family members who sacrifice and contribute nothing.
Jillian and her sister Rachel an unwilling but necessary participant in the court proceedings had not shown an interest in working on the farm, which their parents had wanted to keep in the family.
It was their intention from at least 1999, and probably earlier, that Graham, as the only child who had shown any interest in farming Kingsborough, should receive the family farm, and that Rachel and Jillian should share equally in the remainder of their estates.
The couple left Jillian and Rachel over $1m each with Jillian also being given the family bach.
The Court of Appeal said the key issue for it to determine was whether or not adequate provision had been made from the estate to meet Jillians needs. . ....
US President Donald Trump has met with his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, as hundreds of angry of people took to the streets of the capital to protest the US military presence in their country. Duterte greeted Trump, who was attending a gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-China, Russia, Japan, Canada, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand. The two leaders shook hands and exchanged pleasantries before posing for a group photo and sitting down for dinner. Trump and Duterte will hold more formal talks on Monday.
While Jacinda Ardern is happy with progress made with the now renamed CPTPP trade agreement that continued to be negotiated parallel to the APEC, but opponents in New Zealand remain opponents. This is no surprise. Vernon Small: Jacinda Ardern passes Apec summit test Now it is back on track albeit now delayed until the next 
Three and a half months ago Jacinda Ardern was going down badly in the polls with Labour led by Andrew Little. In rapid succession she has taken over the Labour leadership, lifted Labour to a creditable election result, negotiated her way into becoming New Zealands Prime Minister, and has just mingled with world leaders at 
The much lower ranked New Zealand football team has been praised for holding Peru to a 0-0 draw in Wellington in the first leg of a world cup qualifier. So the teams have flown to Peru for the second and deciding leg on Thursday. New Zealand will still be underdogs, but they are in with 
The Labour Party has made a commitment to set up an inquiry into the historic abuse of children in state care, something National had refused to do when in government. Labour Party: Taking action in our first 100 days Labour will hit the ground running in government, with a programme of work across housing, health, 
13 November 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 
Hundreds of thousands of people have been rocked by a strong earthquake in New Zealand's capital. The magnitude 4.7 quake Wellington at around 11pm local time (10am UK time). Although the epicentre was 26km west of the capital, locals said it was felt strongly in the city. One local wrote on Twitter: "Holy s**t just felt that earthquake (I'm in Wellington). Gave me a big fright!" Another said: "Just had one heck of a good shake here in Wellington, hotel rocking and rolling, hope everyone is OK"
Before 1914, flowers in everyday life spelt beauty, femininity and innocence; they were seen as part of womens culture. But during the first world war, that changed. Men gathered posies of flowers on battlefields and dried them in honour of the dead, they turned to wild flowers as motifs for paintings and photographs, and they recognised in blue cornflowers and red poppies the fragility of life.
Historian Paul Fussell referred to the red poppy, Papaver rhoeas, as an indispensable part of the symbolism of WWI. When, on November 11, those who fought and died in WWI are commemorated, the sanguine colour of the red poppy, a flower that grew in profusion on Flanders Fields, is a vivid reminder to the living of the cost of sacrifice in war.
At the end of the conflict, artificial replicas of the Flanders poppy were sold in Allied countries to be worn in honour of the dead. Their resistance to decay became an embodiment of everlasting memory.
However, the red poppy was not always adopted without criticism. After 1933, in opposition to the symbolism of it, peace ceremonies appropriated the white poppy. Each flower expresses a different view on war: red embodies commemoration of sacrifice; white opposes political violence and remembers all war victims.
As living forms, as art, and as symbols, the wildflowers that soldiers encountered in WWI Europe help us negotiate the unimaginable enormity of war and deepen the solemnity of remembrance.
We are the dead
Among the most affecting, but least talked about, Australian war paintings that officially commemorate and remember the fallen soldiers of the First World War is George Lamberts Gallipoli Wild Flowers (1919). Painted while Lambert served as Official War Artist, the work is unusual for the absence of soldiers bodies shown in action or in death. Yet it alludes to both by the inclusion of an...
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354 Augustine of Hippo, Roman bishop and theologian, was born (d. 430).
1002 English king thelred II ordered the killing of all Danes in England, in the St. Brices Day massacre.
1715 Dorothea Erxleben, first German female medical doctor, was born (d. 1762).
1841 James Braid first saw a demonstration of animal magnetism, which led to his study of the subject he eventually called hypnotism.
1850 Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer, was born (d. 1894).
1851 The Denny Party landed at Alki Point, the first settlers in what would become Seattle, Washington.
1864 The new Constitution of Greece was adopted.
1869 Helene Stcker, German author and activist, was born (d. 1943).
1869 Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian-American activist, journalist, and politician, was born (d. 1962).
1887 Bloody Sunday clashes in central London.
1901 The 1901 Caister Lifeboat Disaster.
1906 Eva Zeisel, Hungarian-America...
Playwright Jan Bolwell brings these two women mountaineers together across time to challenge and confront each other about their climbing prowess and the challenges and difficulties they faced in both their professional and personal lives. Taking the High Ground Jan Bolwells new play Taking the High Ground delves into the lives of two outstanding climbers. 
Heather Roy: When will he admit that this is just a rort so that fathers can dodge child support, and why should taxpayers always have to pick up the bill?Maharey meant it and he increased the penalty in an effort to reduce the rort.
Hon STEVE MAHAREY: It is a rort, and I have said time and time again in this Parliament that fathers must front up to their obligations, and we will make sure they do, as much as we can.
Ignore what you think is possible & just get out there & live with your whole wild heart. Wild Heart 2016 Brian Andreas posted with permission.
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More than meet the eye By Cushla McGaughey The Cabbage Tree is common in swamps, flood plains and forest margins, but will die if overgrown by larger trees. The young cabbage tree develops as a single slender stem, until the first flowering. The flower panicles arise from the growing tip, so causing the trunk to 
I watched with horror on the TV news the other night as Police officers in Providence pursued a white pickup truck, based on information that an escaped felon had abandoned a stolen Police car in favour of a a white pickup. Now, I dont know how many white pickups are cruising the streets over there, 
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Westland Milk Products said today it is well down the path toward potentially taking its treated wastewater discharge out of the Hokitika River.
CEO Toni Brendish says that in September last year Westland re-opened its investigations into an ocean outfall for its treated wastewater discharge, which would take it out of the Hokitika River two years prior to the existing in-river discharge consent expiring in 2021. A final decision on whether to go with the option will be made early in 2018. The investigations are at the stage that the company is about to go back to the West Coast Regional Council for a minor variation to its existing permit. . .
Challenging future facing livestock farming Nigel Malthus:
The disruptive forces facing New Zealand agriculture could mean a tough future for livestock farming, says the new president of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM).
Farm consultant Craig Osborne, from Oxford, North Canterbury, has been named to replace Guy Blundell, heading the institute for the next two-year term.
Osborne says that where NZ farming is heading is the million-dollar question and a tough one to answer because of all the competing forces gaining momentum globally. . .
(BusinessDesk) The World Trade Organization has turned down Indonesias appeal against a ruling that trade barriers imposed since 2011, which hurt New Zealands beef exports, were inconsistent with global trade rules.
New Zealand had invoked WTO dispute settlement consultations with Indonesia in 2013 and 2014 over 18 trade barriers it said had resulted in an 80 percent drop in the nations exports to Indonesia of beef and horticultural products such as apples and onions. Prior to the restrictions, Indonesia was New Zealands second-largest market for beef, worth $180 million a year, and the accumulated trade impact was an estimated $500 million to $1 billion, according to the complaint. . .
There has pretty much always been poverty and child poverty throughout recorded human civilisation. It is significantly less of a problem in New Zealand than it was 100 years ago, and even 50 years ago, but is still a significant cause for concern. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has virtually staked her political career on reducing 
Clare Curran, in a keynote address at NetHui 2017 as new Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media and Government Digital Services, has promoted the need for a Chief Technology Officer. She also emphasised the need for digital inclusion. 20/20 Trust: Digital inclusion: We must never leave anyone behind Hon. Clare Curran In her 
You can do the latest challenge by scrolling down to November 8. Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into! Answers below. Who is the Minister of Forestry in the new government? (Shane Jones) From which Roman goddess do we get the word cereal? (Ceres) 
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is back on, and has been renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Who the hell thought of that name? But its just a long winded name. RNZ: TPP deal revived once more, 20 provisions suspended The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal remains on track to be agreed 
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