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314 Roman Emperor Licinius was defeated by his colleague Constantine I at the Battle of Cibalae, and lost his European territories.
451 The first session of the Council of Chalcedon began.
1075 Dmitar Zvonimir was crowned King of Croatia.
1200 Isabella of Angoulme was crowned Queen consort of England.
1480 Great standing on the Ugra river, a standoff between the forces ofAkhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and the Grand Duke Ivan III of Russia which resulted in the retreat of the Tataro-Mongols and the eventual disintegration of the Horde.
1573 End of the Spanish siege of Alkmaar, the first Dutch victory in Eighty Years War.
1600 San Marino adopted its written constitution.
1789 William John Swainson, English-New Zealand ornithologist and entomologist, was born (d. 1855).
1806 Napoleonic Wars: Forces of the British Empire laid siege to the port of Boulogne by using Congreve rockets.
1807 Harriet Taylor Mill, English philosopher and activist, was born (d. 1858).
1813 The Treaty of Ried was signed between Bayern and Austria.
1847 Rose Scott, Australia social reformer, was born (d. 1925).
One of my favourite drives is the one that brings me home from Central Otago, through the Lindis Pass, down the Waitaki Valley and then across to the Waiareka Valley.
Today there was still some snow on the tops of hills but the sun was shining and Lakes Aviemore and Waitaki were clear and still.
Today Im grateful for familiar scenes freshened by springs light and abundant growth.
How ironic that the head of an anti corruption organisation has himself been potentially caught up in a Chinese anti-corruption crackdown! Meng Hongwei, who leads the international police organization, hasnt been seen in more than a week By Jen Kirby, vox.com Oct 5, 2018, In what sounds like the plot of an international thriller, 
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UFO reports galore incoming! Brace yourselves. (Its just Musk showboating again.) Elon Musk and company will be bringing a Falcon 9 back to Earth in the Golden State for the first time. Eric Mack October 6, 2018 If you see something on Sunday night that looks like it came from space, it did. But 
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Doing her best to float, even though a lot of people would rather that she fall, so they can help her up & tell her I told you so. 2016 Brian Andreas posted with permission.
You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.
Quite and capable Richard Rennie:
A farm apprenticeship course now a year old is starting to have an influence on getting more Kiwis in jobs on dairy farms.
Tirau farm apprentice Kadience Ruakere-Forbes is among the first years intake under the Federated Farmers Apprenticeship Dairy Programme, a pilot programme supported by PrimaryITO, the federation and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. . .
Dairy database rules under review Hugh Stringleman:
The valuable core database of the New Zealand dairy industry is subject to a regulatory review by the Ministry for Primary Industries, to which organisations and people can make submissions.
Consultation will run for six weeks until November 12 and any submission becomes public information, MPI said.
The key issue is whether the regulated dataset remains well aligned with the dairy industrys current and future animal evaluation needs. MPI said there has been some concern expressed among dairy genetics companies about the management of herd improvement data. . .
Huge costs of pasture pests Peter BUrke:
Grass grub and porina are causing $2.3 billion of damage to New Zealand pastures annually, according to an AgResearch study.
Of the total estimated annual losses in average years, up to $1.4b occurs on dairy farms and up to $900m on sheep and beef farms.
But scientist Colin Ferguson says this figure relates only to the damage to pasture and doesnt include the cost of replacing the pasture, destocking and restocking and the long lasting damage to affected pasture. . .
One of the things to come out of the NZ First conference last weekend was a call for legislation to ensure immigrants comply with some vague Kiwi values. There was a distinct lack of enthusiasm for it from Labour, Greens and National, but they werent the voter demographic that NZ First would have been targeting. 
We think young people should question the way the church has dealt with this in the past, an abuse survivor said. https://t.co/2f2KkZmqZ9 via @HuffPostRelig Freedom from Abuse (@freedom_abuse) October 6, 2018 Pope Francis Says Silence On Abuse Can No Longer Be Tolerated In Church https://t.co/9wQeed4imv Otimenews (@otimenews_com) October 6, 2018 It seems that neither 
The US Senate is due to vote on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination for the Supreme Court this morning NZ time. U.S. Senate heads to final vote on Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination https://t.co/Uhe4DM6HBX Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 6, 2018 It looks like being a done deal for Kavanaugh, but that may not be the 
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You can cut all the flowers but you cant stop spring from coming -Pablo Neruda
Whale Oil potentially be fucked if the defamation trial about to start in the Auckland High Court is successful. Matthew Blomfield started defamation proceedings against Cameron Slater in 2012 after a series of posts (thirteen) on Whale Oil attacking Blomfield. It finally goes to trial on Monday after Slater ran out of legal options to 
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There is more interest than usual in the test match this morning between the All Blacks and Springboks being played in Pretoria this morning. The Springboks won the first of two Rugby Championship games between New Zealand and South Africa in Wellington last month (36-34). There is more pressure than usual for the All Blacks 
Also known as Assi Ben-Mosh, he has been connected with drug trafficking and sexual exploitation throughout Europe and in Japan and has been investigated by police in Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Thailand, India and Brazil.
Phi Beta Iota: Not quite Zionist Strike 21 but close. There is mounting evidence of a global law enforcement campaign to bury Israeli military and intelligence personnel who have treated the world as their personal whorehouse.
3761 BC The epoch of the modern Hebrew calendar (Proleptic Julian calendar).
336 Pope Mark died, leaving the papacy vacant.
1513 Battle of La Motta: Spanish troops under Ramn de Cardonadefeated the Venetians.
1542 Explorer Cabrillo discovered Santa Catalina Island off the California coast.
1571 The Battle of Lepanto the Holy League (Spain and Italy) destroyed the Turkish fleet.
1763 George III issued British Royal Proclamation of 1763, closing aboriginal lands in North America north and west of Alleghenies to white settlements.
1777 American Revolutionary War: The Americans defeated the British in the Second Battle of Saratoga, also known as the Battle of Bemis Heights.
1780 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Kings Mountain American Patriot militia defeat Loyalist irregulars led by British colonel Patrick Ferguson in South Carolina.
1800 French corsair Robert Surcouf, commander of the 18-gun ship La Confiance, captured the British 38-gun Kent inspiring the traditional French song Le Trente-et-un du mois daot.
1826 The Granite Railway began operations as the first chartered railway in the U.S.
1840 Willem II became King of the Netherlands.
1864 American Civil War: Battle of Darbytown Road: the Confederate forces attempt to regain ground that had been lo...
We signed up for the One Belt One Road Initiative; Heres our One Road (and no doubt the first of many); NZs first Chinese-owned road could be in the pipeline A Chinese construction company has offered to build a long-planned four-lane toll road north of Auckland. Auckland Business Chambers chief executive Michael Barnett said 
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The Super Rich of Silicon Valley Have a
Doomsday Escape Plan
Posted on October 5, 2018
Source: Deus Nexus | By DAVID NOVA
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Wealthy Americans have stepped up investment in New Zealand. Parliament votes to ban foreigners from buying bolt-hole homes.
Bloomberg | By Olivia Carville
Years of doomsday talk at Silicon Valley dinner parties has turned to action.
In recent months, two 150-ton survival bunkers journeyed by land and sea from a Texas warehouse to the shores of New Zealand, where theyre buried 11 feet underground.
Seven Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have purchased bunkers from Rising S Co. and planted them in New Zealand in the past two years, said Gary Lynch, the manufacturers general manager. At the first sign of an apocalypse nuclear war, a killer germ, a French Revolution-style uprising targeting the 1 percent the Californians plan to hop on a private jet and hunker down, he said.
New Zealand is an enemy of no one, Lynch said in an interview from his office in Murchison, Texas, southeast of Dallas. Its not a nuclear target. Its not a target for war. Its a place where people seek refuge.
The remote island nation, clinging to the southern part of the globe 2,500 miles off Australias coast, has 4.8 million people and six times as many sheep. It has a reputation for natural beauty, easy networking, low-key politicians who bike to work, and rental prices half those of the San Francisco Bay Area. That makes it an increasingly pop...
That cheese may be Gouda, but this one is Feta.
Im doing grate, but I could be cheddar.
I used to work as a cheesemonger, but I camembert it any longer
When cheese gets its picture taken what does it say?
A Mexican, an Englishman, and an Americarn were in a bar having drinks.
A gorgeous young woman came up to them and said, Whoever can use the words liver and cheese in a creative sentence can date me for tonight.
The Englishman said, I love liver and cheese!
The womans said, Thats not good enough!
The American said, I hate liver and cheese!
The woman sighed, Thats not creative.
The Mexican said, Liver alone, cheese mine!
Radio New Zealand | 5 October 2018
A Papua New Guinea MP says a group opposing a mining companys presence in his district does not represent local landowners.
The Canadian company Barrick Gold is seeking to renew its licence at the Porgera mine in Enga, which it and Chinese miner ZiJin each own a 47.5 percent stake in.
The Justice Foundation for Porgera group, which claims to represent landowners, is urging the government to reject the licence application.
It said Barricks operations have caused great environmental damage and extensive human rights abuses.
However, Lagaip Porgera MP, Tomait Kapili said he believes the license will be renewed, but on improved equity terms.
Im ready to negotiate with Barrick and ZiJin on those funds, not to accuse them of this and that,...
Penny Bright, the Auckland activist who nearly lost her house after refusing to pay rates for 11 years and whose motto was open the books, died on Thursday night. She was 64. By: Bernard Orsman Super City reporter, NZ Herald. 5 October 2018 For the past 20 years, the hard-boiled activist and former sheet-metal welder 
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Acquifer scheme off and running John Keast:
A switch was flicked, Rangitata River water bubbled in a basin, then slid along a man-made creek bed in the dry South Hinds riverbed.
It is there it will do its work: increase flows in the Hinds River often dry in its middle reaches replenish underlying aquifers, feed newly planted native plants, enhance a wetland and, it is hoped, enhance bores used to supply water to Mayfield.
The water was released last week as part of the work by the Managed Aquifer Recharge Governance Groups project to boost aquifers, dilute nitrates and lift river and stream flows. . .
Alliance backed on long term approach Sally Rae:
Alliance Group management has received a strong message from suppliers to keep investing in the companys longer-term strategy, rather than take a short-term approach, chairman Murray Taggart says.
Mr Taggart and fellow directors and management are travelling the country, attending the co-operatives annual roadshows.
Speaking to the Otago Daily Times yesterday, he said feedback from shareholders and suppliers had been pleasantly positive. . . .
Over the course of his 36 years Hemi Robinson has watched the area he calls home slowly decay.
Rust and algae-covered car bodies litter paddocks, once-loved weatherboard homes crumble quietly into the dirt and wave after wave of blackberry, gorse and bracken encroach and consume once fertile and productive land.
This is Raupunga, between Napier and Wairoa. Population 250-ish and falling. . .
Benevolent history repeats Ross Hyland:
The Duncan, Perry and Howard families have a long connection with farming.
They were instrumental in setting up Smedley, Taratahi and Massey University and the latest generation is doing it again with a group of farms in Rangitikei, particularly Otiwhiti and Westoe, providing a start on the land for cadets from...
On Newshub Nation this morning (repeated Sunday morning): As the Government inches closer to passing the Zero Carbon Bill into law, Emma Jolliff asks its architect and @NZGreens Party co-leader James Shaw what the chances are of getting New Zealands farmers across the line. From Thursday: Zero Carbon consultation feedback shows strong support for climate 
"''A tomato contains more technology than an iPhone.' That headline is a metaphor that perfectly encapsulates the point that every modern crop is the result of mankind taking the given in nature and transforming it into something radically different.'"
"The real story of agriculture is the transformation of the rare, inefficient & scarce into the common, plentiful & cheap. Its the story of creating living tech to solve problems that have plagued generations before us. Ag-tech is something to celebrate, not shun...
~ C.S. Prakash commenting on article by Amanda Maxham:
'Who should we thank for all those wonderful fruits and vegetables? Not Mother Nature'
This video says about itself:
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By Peter Frost in Britain:
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Are submarine war games killing whales?
PETER FROST investigates many mysterious whale corpses turning up on Scottish and Irish beaches
LAST week I told the remarkable tale of an Arctic beluga whale which turned up at Tilbury on the Thames. It is still living there as I write this, seven days later. And it shows no signs of moving on at any time soon.
Should the animal manage to make its way from the Thames, it will need to avoid being hit by passing shipping both in the busy Thames itself and the Channel, which has some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.
Getting back to its home in the Arctic will not be easy, but it did manage exactly the same thousands of miles journey in the other direction to get here.
While we were all smiling at the whale in the Thames, marine mammal scientists had something much more serious to investigate.
Why had 75 deep-water whales washed up on Scottish and Irish coasts during August and September? Most are Cuviers beaked whales, which are among the deepest-diving whales on the planet.
Nearly 50 badly decomposed...
When journalists openly ask if a political leader is a dead man walking there should be cause for concern. That is what is happening after a bad week for Simon Bridges, who is still encumbered by an ongoing inquiry (which was self inflicted) into the leak of his expenses. Tracey Watkins: Is Simon Bridges a 
Despite all the political turmoil and President Trumps confrontational and divisory approach the US economy continues to do very well, but there are some warning signs The US share market is easing off record highs the boom there may be a good sign, but could also pose future risks of a big bust. Market 
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The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it George Bernard Shaw
the Kavanaugh nomination for the Supreme Court wil go to a preliminary vote soon, but a final vote wont happen until Sunday NZ time. The Hill: Bitter partisan battle over Kavanaugh enters final chapter The Senate will take a pivotal vote Friday on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as the battle over President Trumps pick enters 
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This week on the New World Next Week: the world takes one step closer to nuclear annihilation; digital strip searches become the law of the land in New Zealand; and North and South Korea cooperate to remove DMZ land mines.
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