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81 Domitian became Emperor of the Roman Empire upon the death of his brother Titus.
786 Harun al-Rashid became the Abbasid caliph upon the death of his brother al-Hadi.
1180 Battle of Ishibashiyama in Japan.
1607 Flight of the Earls from Lough Swilly, Donegal, Ireland.
1682 Bishop Gore School, one of the oldest schools in Wales, was founded.
1752 The British Empire adopted the Gregorian calendar, skipping eleven days (the previous day was September 2).
1769 Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist and explorer, was born (d. 1859).
1812 Napoleonic Wars: French grenadiers entered Moscow. The Fire of Moscow began as soon as Russian troops left the city.
1829 The Ottoman Empire signed the Treaty of Adrianople with Russia, ending the Russo-Turkish War.
1847 Mexican-American War: Winfield Scott captured Mexico City.
1862 American Civil War: The Battle of South Mountain, part of the Maryland Campaign.
1864 Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, English lawyer and politician, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Nobel Prize laureate was born, (d. 1958).
1879 Margaret Sanger, American nurse and activist, was born (d. 1966).
1909 Peter Scott, English ornithologist, painter, and sailor, was born (d. 1989).
AFP | European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on September 13, 2017
We are not naive free traders. Europe will defend its strategic interests with an EU framework for investment screening, Juncker said in his annual State of the Union speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
If a foreign, state-owned company wants to buy a strategic port, or part of our energy infrastructure this must be done transparently, with scrutiny and debate, Juncker said.
It is our responsibility to know what is happening inside our countries so that we are in a position to ensure our collective security, he said.
The plan fulfils a request by French President Emmanuel Macron, backed by Germany and Italy, that Brussels draw up a strategy to counter a wave of takeovers by Chinese companies in Europe.
German concerns were sparked by recent acquisitions in the tech sector, most notably household goods maker Mideas takeover of industrial robotics firm Kuka last year.
German leaders were alarmed to see valuable knowhow being transferred abroad, especially as robots become increasingly critical in the countrys crucial manufacturing centre.
Macron has blamed Europe for forgetting EU citizens who are worried about the effects of globalisation, so helping stoke the populist sentiment that brought on Brexit.
Reports said that Junckers plan would however be non-binding, amid concern in smaller EU nations about losing Beijing investments in their economies.
Juncker however insisted that Europe remained open for business and would seek to complete trade deals with Australia and New Zealand by the end of his mandate.
by Jon Rappoport September 11, 2017 We rarely get a chance to see a smoking gun that proves elite controllers are running the show from behind the curtain. Thats why there is a curtain. So Im republishing a conversation between two members of the Rockefeller Trilateral Commission (TC) and a US reporter. First, 
Ive seen comment in various places along the lines of how Jacinda Ardern could have embraced Metiria Tureis sacrifice and led the revolution that would rescue new Zealand from a calamitous era of neo-liberalism. Much of this is encapsulated here: For there really was a window. An opportunity. Instead of playing her part in the 
Published on Sep 9, 2017 World renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku made a shocking confession on live TV when he admitted that HAARP is responsible for the recent spate of hurricanes. Source: http://yournewswire.com/scientist-haa SEE ALSO: Texas Flooding: Has Weather Modification Played A Part? SMOKING GUN UPDATE 1/9/17!
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Iran is uniquely placed to be a significant force for good in a volatile and rapidly changing region. It is this unique role that is a major reason why the US continues to make threats, uses proxy forces such as the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) to destabilize Iran, and will undoubtedly resile from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), ONeill said in an exclusive interview with FNA.
The analyst further added that the US animosity towards Iran has pushed the latter towards stronger ties with other world powers. Irans growing links with China and Russia are its best defenses against US aggression, he said.
James ONeill is a geopolitical analyst and a former academic who since 1984 has practiced as a barrister, first in New Zealand and since 2002 in Australia. He has appeared on international media outlets such as RT and Press TV. He is also a regular contributor to New Eastern Outlook, an online expert opinion journal.
FNA has conducted an interview with James ONeill to discuss Syria and its allies in the war on terrorist groups, the possible geopolitical implications for regional and trans-regional players and the geopolitical trends in the Middle-East.
Below you will find the full text of the interview.
Q: From time to time we have been hearing about the so-called US-led coalition and Israel coming to help the terrorist groups operating inside Syria, the financial support coming from the US and its allies and the ideological support from the Wahhabi regime in Saudi Arabia. Why do you think with all that support, these days we keep hearing about their proxy forces failing and losing ground in Syria?
A: The US, Israel and Saudi Arabia will continue to support terrorist groups in Syria while pretending to be fighting terrorism. This is because they are pursuing disparate goals, not...
Labour and National are making claims and counter claims on income tax. They are both sort of right, but its not something that Labour probably want a lot of publicity about. National have already put in place legislation that will bring in tax cuts of up to about a thousand dollars a year for anyone 
HE KKANO (SEED) BOOK LAUNCH RAUMATI SOUTH SCHOOL He Kkano (Seed), the book produced as a result of two terms work between Mahara Gallery, Ng Manu Nature Reserve and Raumati South School has been launched at the school. The book highlights over 100 students artworks and poetry, as a reflection of their experience 
No housing crisis, just a housing boom Nathan Guy Labours Otaki candidate Rob McCann says he was shocked and disappointed when Otaki National MP Nathan Guy reportedly told a packed public meeting that there wasnt a housing crisis, it was a housing boom. I was astounded, so were the audience and the other candidates, says 
Election stunt doomed to fail Pam Tipa:
The Greens proposed nitrogen tax is a vote catching policy which is highly unlikely to see the light of day, says Federated Farmers vice-president and dairy farmer Andrew Hoggard.
However the problem with such an election stunt is that it perpetrates misconceptions, he says.
The best way of improving waterways where they need to be improved is by a catchment focus basis, he told Dairy News.
With the Greens policy, they are focusing on just nitrogen and only from one source. If a catchment has an issue with nitrogen you need to focus on it from all sources.
Nitrogen is not the issue in all catchments; if swimmability is what people are after then its E.coli they need to be looking at; sediment may be a big factor. . .
Penalize abusers not users of water Tim Cadogan:
Before I write another word, I need to make two very clear points.
Firstly; I am outraged that New Zealands waterways have been degraded over the last decade or two to the point that many are unswimmable and/or devoid of wildlife. This should never have happened and, as a nation, we must work together to fix this.
Secondly; I am apolitical. Any comments I make here in relation to Labours proposed irrigation tax/royalty would be made by me whether the idea was coming from Labour, National, Greens or whoever. My job is to stand up, as I see best, for Central Otago, no matter who is on the other side.
On that basis; I wrote a letter to Jacinda Ardern pointing out what I saw as the unfairness of the irrigation tax/royalty as proposed by Labour, but set in a tone of something needs done. I stand by the comments I made in that letter. . .
Lamb prices reach record highs Jemma Brackebush:
Farmers say its been a fantastic season for lamb, as a global shortage of the meat is pushing up the prices.
Ewes are being sold with new season lambs, fetching up to $170 at sales.
Chilled export lamb prices have reached historically high levels, with the average price of $14.50 per kg, a 20 percent increase on the year before, according to AgriHQ.
Bright-coloured stock t...
Six weeks ago I wrote in Overland that politics had made a sudden comeback in New Zealand, following Metiria Tureis revelations of her struggles as a young mother on the DPB and Labours dramatic decision to replace its grey, centrist leader with his far more energetic and inspiring deputy. That article is looking pretty stupid right now. Or maybe there really was a window an opportunity to
A healthy democracy depends on people taking part. It is in everyones interests that we all vote. Chief Electoral Officer Coastlands or Electoral Headquarters By Roger Childs Advance voting in the past was largely done by people knowing they would be out of their electorate on polling day. This all changed in 2o11. Anyone can 
The latest challenge. Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into! Answers on Sunday. Alpha and omega are the first and last letters in which alphabet? Which New Zealander singer and composer wrote the lyrics for Dont Dream Its Over? Which country has Helvetia on its 
I bet you imagine a nuclear war and a deserted landscape left as a result of it. Well, in the troubled times we live in, something like this is a possible scenario. But there is another force we constantly neglect our planet itself.
Did you notice how many natural disasters have been happening all over the world lately? It may seem like if our planet is rebelling against the parasite species that is destroying the natural environment humans. While hurricanes and earthquakes can be incredibly catastrophic, wiping out whole cities and taking thousands of lives, they strike only specific locations. But there is something here on Earth that could cause a global disaster. And this a supervolcano eruption.
There are around 20 supervolcanoes on Earth, but luckily for us, all of them are currently sleeping. According to the estimates, the last eruption of a supervolcano took place at Lake Taupo in New Zealand around 26,500 years ago.
Now, NASA scientists say that a supervolcano eruption could prove much more catastrophic to the human civilization than any external threat, such as an asteroid impact. Fortunately, they also have a plan on how to prevent it.
I was a member of the Nasa Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for NASA to defend the planet from asteroids and comets. I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat, Brian Wilcox of NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory told BBC.
It's been a bad year to be a sheep. Maybe there's never been a good year to be one, but 2017 has proved especially hard on sheep worldwide. From unexplained mass sheep mutilations in New Zealand and the Scottish highlands to reports of the Chupacabra reportedly picking off sheep in India, it seems dark forces have gotten the taste for mutton. Maybe that's why hundreds of sheep mysteriously committed suicide in France a few months back. Whatever is stalking and devouring these sheep, it seems as if it's gotten better at hiding its tracks.
Prime Minister Bill English had a very clear message in Ashburton yesterday:
. . .We want to achieve higher environmental standards and apparently no ones thought of this until about six weeks ago. Its all new, apparently, lifting the quality of water in our rivers brand new idea, he said.
All that tells you is they [opposition parties] take no notice of you. They have no idea what you do, how you do it or why youre so good at it.
Were backing you.
Farmers were being lectured by people who did not understand the regions and National was committed to both raising productivity and environmental standards.
Any politician who does not know about the intensive, difficult, critical, collaborative work thats gone on around water quality must be living on another planet, he said.
It will be cash sucked out of your business, taken out of this region, sent off to Wellington and people who dont even know what you do or how you do it will be deciding how to make you do it better. And thats a ridiculous waste of time and money. . .
Thats so true it will be cash sucked out of your business, taken out of this region, sent off to Wellington and people who dont even know what you do or how you do it will be deciding how to make you do it better.
This is what happens when parties dont have MPs in the regions.
They are out of touch and have no idea whats happening.
National knows, understands and values the regions.
But the PM and the party arent just pushing farming :
National leader Bill English has strayed from the expected message of cows and crops in regiona...
From NZ History: 100 Mori words every New Zealander should know The marae Hui meeting, conference, gathering Marae the area for formal discourse in front of a meeting house; or the whole marae complex, including meeting house, dining hall, forecourt, etc. Haere mai! Welcome! Enter! Nau mai! Welcome! Tangihanga funeral ceremony in which a body is mourned on a marae 
Tensions are rising in the Green camp with them hovering around the threshold in a number of polls. There are efforts being made in social media to rescue the Greens from parliamentary oblivion. Its common to see things like if you want a Labour led progressive government volte Greens. This is annoying some Labour supporters. 
After Irma, Some Florida Stores Reopen
While the full extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma is still unknown, some bookstores in Florida are reporting that they are open for business. Others, however, are dealing with power outages and uncertainty about if, and when, they will be able to turn the lights back on. more
The big question that Winston Peters wont answer is how NZ First would go into coalition with, if given the opportunity to decide by voters and by National or Labour. There is a chance they wont get to decided, if they miss the threshold (they have dropped to 6% in the latest Reid Research poll), 
With the way polls have swung over the past six weeks, they only certainty this election is uncertainty. There is no way polls (or poll of polls) can be used to opredict the election outcome. Two recent Colmar Brunton polls put Labour in the lead and National appeared to be sliding, after a dramatic virtual 
On Rachel Stewart at NZH: Dont feel sorry for farmers The urban/rural divide. Is it as wide and deep as the Grand Canyon? Or just a small hop across a watercress-filled ditch? Lets explore. Ten days to go and what does National do when theyre anxious about losing power? Why, play to their rural base 
13 September 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 
13 September 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 
What was initially thought to be the upturned hull of a boat has proved to be a 15-metre long dead whale, floating near d'Urville Island. Sealord skipper Peter Connolly said he was out fishing when he spotted it off the western side of d'Urville Island north of Nelson. "It was so bloated it just looked like the hull of a boat upside down... when we got close I realised what it was," Connolly said. He said at first he thought sharks were feeding on it. "But it wasn't. It was those big black petrels ... they're like an albatross size bird. They were just feeding on it absolutely profusely." Connolly said he couldn't see any obvious injuries to suggest the whale had been hit by anything.
509 BC The temple of Jupiter on Romes Capitoline Hill was dedicated on the ides of September.
122 The building of Hadrians Wall began.
533 General Belisarius of the Byzantine Empire defeated Gelimer and the Vandals at the Battle of Ad Decimium.
1213 Ending of Battle of Muret, during the Albigensian Crusade to destroy the Cathar heresy.
1475 Cesare Borgia, Italian cardinal, was born (d. 1507).
1503 Michelangelo began work on his statue of David.
1584 San Lorenzo del Escorial Palace in Madrid was finished.
1601 Jan Brueghel the Younger, Flemish painter, was born (d. 1678).
1743 Great Britain, Austria and Savoy-Sardinia signed the Treaty of Worms.
1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham: British defeated French near Quebec City in the Seven Years War.
1775 Laura Secord, American-Canadian war heroine, was born(d. 1868).
1808 Finnish War: In the Battle of Jutas, Swedish forces under Lieutenant General Georg Carl von Dbeln beat the Russians.
1812 War of 1812: A supply wagon sent to relieve Fort Harrison was ambushed in the Attack at the Narrows.
1814 Francis Scott Key wrote The Star-Spangled Banner.
1847 Mexican-American War: Six teenage military cadets, Nios Hroes, died defending Chapultepec Castle in the...
Science Fiction authors generally have a knack of forecasting future realities. In his epic work Dune, Frank Herbert saw a future where humans became so dependant on artificial intelligence that they ended up being enslaved by their own technology. Movies like AI and Bicentennial Man predicted robots acquiring the same rights as humans and living 
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Newshub political editor Patrick Gower tweeted:
The poll showed:
Dramatic maybe, but not devastating if you want a strong economy and the sustainable social services and environmental protection and enhancement that depend on it.
It is of course only one poll, but a very welcome reversal of the trend of other recent ones.
A government land offer rejected By John Robinson In 1878 the New Zealand government offered to the defeated rebels of the king movement the return of all confiscated Waikato land not disposed of by the Government to Europeans. That generous offer was refused by king Tawhiao. The very reason why many Waikato Maori continued without 
The latest Newshub/Reid Research poll results show a huge reversal on the last Colmar Brunton polls. Newshub: National could govern alone in latest Newshub poll National 47.3% (last RR 43.3, last CB 39) Labour 37.8% (last RR 39.4, last CB 43) NZ First 6.0% (last RR 6.6, last CB 9) Greens 4.9% (last RR 6.1, 
Inland Revenue says that the leak of Winston Peters super overpayment cant have come from them because they never had the information. Peters was reported by RNZ as saying he believed Inland Revenue was to blame for the privacy breach: Investigations over pension leak as Peters plans complaint Mr Peters has confirmed his fortnightly pension had 
The University of Otagos coveted Arts Fellowships for 2018 have been announced.
Otago's Pro-Vice-Chancellor Humanities, Professor Tony Ballantyne has named the five Fellowship recipients.
The Frances Hodgkins Fellow is Louise Menzies from Auckland, the Robert Burns Fellow is Rhian Gallagher from Dunedin, the Mozart Fellow is Dylan Lardelli from Auckland, the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance is Matthew Smith from Auckland, and the Creative NZ University of Otago College of Education Childrens Writer in Residence is Raymond Huber from Dunedin.
Professor Ballantyne is delighted with the outstanding calibre of this group of fellows who will take up their fellowships in 2018.
These Fellows are working at the forefront of their respective creative fields; they have each been selected from a very strong group of applicants, Professor Ballantyne says.
Our Arts Fellowships are very important to the University because they are vital to our links with the arts community. Through their work and presence on campus they enable new conversations around the ways in which these creative disciplines illuminate the world that we live in.
It is always exciting to look forward to the coming year and the music, words, images and performances that these Fellows create.
The Fellows receive a stipend for between six months and one year, and space on campus to indulge in their creative projects. Past Fellows have created dance performances, orchestral compositions, poetry, novels and childrens books during this time.
The fellowships have produced many luminaries over the years, including writers Janet Frame, Keri Hulme, James K Baxter, Michael King and Maurice Shadbolt, artists Ralph Hotere and Grahame Syd...
(This is the second article by Neil Smith on the winter codes in Japan. Scroll down to September 8 to see the first.) International soccer By Neil Smith, our correspondent in Japan The national mens soccer squad for 2017 comprises 23 players, of whom only seven are active in Japans domestic league. The best players 
A couple of generations ago most New Zealanders had either come off a farm, had relations who were farming or knew people on the land.
We were a farming nation.
Everyone, including successive governments, understood this great country of ours was built on farming. Somehow this narrative has been lost over a relatively short period of time.
With diversification of our economy, urbanisation of our people, immigration and for a whole host of other reasons, farmers are now almost public enemy number one in the minds of some folk.
Certain political and environment groups are milking (no pun intended) that notion for all its worth. . .
Many political parties are using farmers as an easy target for emotive policies that appeal to urban people, a South Canterbury farmer says.
In the lead up to the election, RNZ Rural News is talking to farmers across New Zealand about what they think of the policies that have been put on the table.
Farming and environmental issues have been hot topics in the election lead up.
South Canterbury sheep and beef farmer Mark Adams, who is also the Federated Farmers president for the region, said farmers feel unfairly targeted. . .
Luddites are undermining societys self confidence Doug Edmeades:
Damn the dam, I thought. This news from the Hawkes Bay had me scurrying to my history books. Luddites, thats what they are, these dam-stoppers. A bunch of thoughtless technophobes with an irrational fear of the future Stop the world I wanna get off.
Luddites take their name from an early 19th century chap, probably mythical, called Ned Ludd. They were weavers whose skills were made redundant by the machines of the industrial revolution. They became activists and went on the rampage, smashing the new machinery that did their work better and at less cost.
From this experienc...
Weve had a wonderful series of Birds of the Week, however, as September is Bee Aware Month, Cushla has shifted focus to that incredibly important insect. About the Bees By Cushla McGaughey The mini helicopter suspended over a flower suddenly zips sideways. It looks like a bee and even does some pollinating, but has no 
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