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Saturday, 13 October

22:08

World view Sunday Your NZ

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

22:01

October 14 in history Homepaddock

1066  Norman Conquest: Battle of Hastings  the forces of William the Conqueror defeated the English army and kill King Harold II of England.

1322  Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeated King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotlands independence.

1644 William Penn, English founder of Pennsylvania, was born (d. 1718).

1656  Massachusetts enacts the first punitive legislation against theReligious Society of Friends (Quakers).

1758  Seven Years War: Austria defeated Prussia at the Battle of Hochkirk.

1773  The first recorded Ministryof Education, the Komisja Edukacji Narodowej was formed in Poland.

1805 Battle of Elchingen, France defeated Austria.

1806 Battle of Jena-Auerstdt France defeated Prussia.

1840  The Maronite leader Bashir II surrendered to the British Army and then is sent into exile on the islands of Malta.

1843  The British arrested the Irish nationalist Daniel OConnell for conspiracy to commit crimes.

1863  American Civil War: Battle of Bristoe Station  Confederate troops under the command of General Robert E. Lee failed to drive the American Union Army completely out of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

1867  The 15th and the last military Shogun of the Tokugawa shogunateresigned in Japan, returning his power to the Emperor of Japan and thence to the re-established civil government of Japan.

1882 Eamon de Valera, Irish politician and patriot, was born (d. 1975).

1882 University of the Punjab was founded in a part of India that later became West Pakistan.

1884  The American inventor, George Eastman, received a U.S. Government patent on his new paper-strip...

20:48

365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

There was a time when the Ranfurly Shield stayed stubbornly with one team.

Auckland had held it for ages when they challenged North Otago and for a few glorious minutes the score line was North Otago 5 Auckland 0.

The former scored no more points and Auckland added 359 by the time the final whistle blew.

Then Canterbury won the shield and staved off multiple challenges.

But in recent years challengers have managed to win and the shield has had several different homes.

Today, for the second time in recent years, it has come back to Otago.

Last time the team held it for little more than a week.

This time it will stay on the right side of the Waitaki River for at least the summer, and fingers crossed, maybe a bit longer.

However, long its in the hands of the blue and gold team, well enjoy it while it lasts.

Tonight Im grateful to be on the winning side.

18:59

Trump Let the Senate Decide on Declassification, 2403 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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17:32

Otago win Ranfurly Shield Your NZ

For just the second time in my lifetime Otago have won the Ranfurly Shield, taking it off Waikato. They attacked well in the first half, and defended very well to hold out Waikato, who made some game losing mistakes on attack near the end. So we get a home semi-final by finishing second in the []

17:20

Facebook Purges Over 800 Accounts With Millions Of Followers; Prominent Conservatives Vanish Uncensored Publications

The Great Pre-Midterm Purge Has Begun   Just in time for midterms, Facebook has removed 559 pages and 251 accounts they claim have been spreading misinformation and spam. Several of the pages however some with millions of followers, were pro-Trump conservatives who had spent years cultivating their followings. By Tyler Durden October 12th, 2018 []

The post Facebook Purges Over 800 Accounts With Millions Of Followers; Prominent Conservatives Vanish appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Mogshade shadows cast by trees.

12:56

Five Eyes intelligence network has fixed its focus squarely on China "IndyWatch Feed World"

The intelligence agencies of the US, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have been cooperating closely on countering China's "foreign activities" since the start of the year, Reuters reports. The so-called Five Eyes network is also sharing intelligence with allies such as Germany and Japan, in what has become a multinational coalition against Beijing's alleged foreign meddling. Washington and its partners have accused China of using foreign investments to pull political strings - an accusation that Beijing denies. "Consultations with our allies, with like-minded partners, on how to respond to China's assertive international strategy have been frequent and are gathering momentum," a US official told Reuters. The unnamed source added that informal discussions on the matter have quickly turned into "detailed consultations on best practices and further opportunities for cooperation."

12:35

The influence of 1800 MHz GSM-like signals on hepatic oxidative DNA and lipid damage. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Cell Biochem Biophys. 2010 ;56(1):39-47. PMID: 19851891 Abstract Title:  The influence of 1800 MHz GSM-like signals on hepatic oxidative DNA and lipid damage in nonpregnant, pregnant, and newly born rabbits. Abstract:  The aim of our study is to evaluate the possible biological effects of whole-body 1800 MHz GSM-like radiofrequency (RF) radiation exposure on liver oxidative DNA damage and lipid peroxidation levels in nonpregnant, pregnant New Zealand White rabbits, and in their newly borns. Eighteen nonpregnant and pregnant rabbits were used and randomly divided into four groups which were composed of nine rabbits: (i) Group I (nonpregnant control), (ii) Group II (nonpregnant-RF exposed), (iii) Group III (pregnant control), (iv) Group IV (pregnant-RF exposed). Newborns of the pregnant rabbits were also divided into two groups: (v) Group V (newborns of Group III) and (vi) Group VI (newborns of Group III). 1800 MHz GSM-like RF radiation whole-body exposure (15 min/day for a week) was applied to Group II and Group IV. No significant differences were found in liver 8 OHdG/10(6) dG levels of exposure groups (Group II and Group IV) compared to controls (Group I and Group III). However, in Group II and Group IV malondialdehyde (MDA) and ferrous oxidation in xylenol orange (FOX) levels were increased compared to Group I (P0.05, Mann-Whitney) while liver FOX levels were found significantly increased in Group VI with respect to Group V (P

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12:00

Saturdays smiles Homepaddock

A pianist was playing in a night club, getting a few requests and some tips.

Towards the end of the night, a man walked up with a wad of bills in his hand and asked the pianist to play a jazz chord.

She played an A Major 7.

He said, No, no. A jazz chord.

She did a little improvisational thing, but he didnt like that either.

No, no, no! A jazz chord. You know, A jazz chord, to say, ah love you.'

11:53

Tesla Increases the Price of the Powerwall as Demand Greatly Outpaces Production "IndyWatch Feed War"

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. I wrote a comment on Tesla and the Powerwall a few days ago: I cant personally speak to the quality of Teslas vehicles, but Ive had a Powerwall 2 at home since the end of June and, as a working professional in the solar + []

11:17

whole-body 1800 MHz GSM-like RFR exposure may lead to oxidative stress and changes on some blood chemistry parameters. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Cell Biochem Biophys. 2013 Nov ;67(2):743-51. PMID: 23526187 Abstract Title:  Effects of prenatal and postnatal exposure to GSM-like radiofrequency on blood chemistry and oxidative stress in infant rabbits, an experimental study. Abstract:  We aimed to investigate the potential hazardous effects of prenatal and/or postnatal exposure to 1800 MHz GSM-like radiofrequency radiation (RFR) on the blood chemistry and lipid peroxidation levels of infant rabbits. A total of 72 New Zealand female and male white rabbits aged 1-month were used. Thirty-six female and 36 male were divided into four groups which were composed of nine infants: (i) Group 1 were the sham exposure (control), (ii) Group 2 were exposed to RFR, 15 min daily for 7 days in the prenatal period (between 15th and 22nd days of the gestational period) (prenatal exposure group). (iii) Group 3 were exposed to RFR 15 min/day (14 days for male, whereas 7 days for female)after they reached 1-month of age (postnatal exposure group). (iv) Group 4 were exposed to RFR for 15 min daily during 7 days in the prenatal period (between 15th and 22nd days of the gestational period) and 15 min/day (14 days for male, whereas 7 days for female) after they reached 1-month ofage (prenatal and postnatal exposure group). Results showed that serum lipid peroxidation level in both female and male rabbits changed due to the RFR exposure. However, different parameters of the blood biochemistry were affected by exposure in male and female infants. Consequently, the whole-body1800 MHz GSM-like RFR exposure may lead to oxidative stress and changes on some blood chemistry parameters. Studies on RFR exposure during prenatal and postnatal periods will help to establish international standards for the protection of pregnants and newborns from environmental RFR.

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10:00

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Grabbing life by the horns:

October 8th- 14th marks Mental Health Awareness Week. Co-op farmer Wayne Langford knows what its like to suffer from mental illness. Hes the man behind the YOLO (You Only Live Once) farmer blog. He shares his story about owning up to his illness and how the YOLO project helped him cope with depression.

I was pretty down in the dumps I referred to it as a rough patch, my wife called it what it really was depression. We were lying in bed one morning and she said, well, what are we going to do? Because we cant go on like this.

Most people who knew Wayne Langford knew this about him. He was 34, married to his wife Tyler and the father of three boys. He was a 6th generation dairy farmer who owned and ran his Golden Bay farm. He was a proud Fonterra supplier and was the Federated Farmers Dairy Vice Chairman. . .

Farm produce holds up trade deal:

New Zealand trade negotiators are trying to get their European counterparts to recognise Kiwi agricultural exports are small-fry in comparison to the regional blocs farming sector.

The second round of free-trade negotiations between NZ and the European Union is under way in Wellington with 31 European officials in the capital to discuss a deal politicians say theyre keen to fast-track. . . 

Kaitiakitanga and technology benefiting farmers, environment:

An innovative approach to monitoring farm effluent runoff is reaping financial rewards for farmers with bonuses for farming excellence.

Miraka, a Taupo-based milk processor with more than 100 suppliers, is offering bonuses to farmers who meet the five criteria set out in its Te Ara Miraka Farming Excellence programme people, the environment, animal welfare, milk quality and prosperity
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Farmers build rapport amid Mycoplasma bovis heartache Tracy Neal:

Despite the fact they are not out of the woods yet, cattle farmers are starting to consider life after Mycoplasma bovis.

Finding that pathway will be helped by a special Beyond Bovis seminar in Hamilton later this month held in conjunction with the Waikato A&P Show.

The government is working...

08:34

Why this much outrage over one journalist death? Your NZ

I think this is a fair point: The millions of victims of Saudi Arabias genocide in Yemen, dirty war on Syria or internal beheading spree never receive anything near the level of sympathy the elite media class displays here. It took allegations of murdering one of their own to turn on MBS. The millions of []

08:30

Culinary taonga threatened species Homepaddock

Sandwich sliced bread  and therefore  the culinary taonga cheese and asparagus rolls and club sandwiches made with it are in peril:

Sandwich bread sales in Dunedin could soon be toast.

A spokeswoman for Foodstuffs, which controls New World, Pakn Save and Four Square, said its shoppers preferred toast bread to sandwich bread.

Demand for sandwich bread had continued to fall in recent years.

People like a thicker, more generous slice, but we think that another factor is that there are so many other options for sandwiches available today. From ciabatta and seed-studded loaves to flavoured wraps, pita breads and crackers. . .

Crumbs! Bread makers and retailers must be crackers if they think sandwich sliced bread is toast.

Some people might like a thicker more generous slice but I swapped from Vogels to Burgen bread when the former dropped sandwich slices which the latter still produces.

As for fancy breads, wraps and crackers, they have their place, but that is not encasing the cheese roll filling or asparagus, with or without the addition of Whitestone Windsor Blue cheese; or for making club sandwiches.

Cheese rolls are generally only found on the right side of the Waitaki River, asparagus rolls and club sandwiches feature at lunches and teas and suppers further afield.

Wherever theyre found, and feature, they will be lost if thin sliced sandwich bread can no longer be sourced and part of our culinary heritage will go too.

That would be really crumby

 

07:09

Breaking: MSD won't publish latest child poverty rate due to "uncertainty" and "lack of confidence" in data Lindsay Mitchell

Big news not reported in mainstream yet.

From the latest Household Incomes Report, (Headline findings), the source of official statistics for child poverty:


The 2018 reports do not publish low-income and material hardship rates for children for 2016 and 2017:
o Last years reports noted that several of the key rates for children for 2016 were surprisingly low compared with the relatively flat stable trend for the previous three years and warned against reaching any definitive conclusions on the short-run trends using the 2016 figures. The 2017 figures are much the same as the 2016 figures. There are no known factors in the economy, the housing market or policy change that can explain the falls to 2016 and 2017. While sampling error can account for some of the difference, considerable uncertainty remains.
o Stats NZ is scheduled to report on these statistics for children in their new Child Poverty Report in early 2019, using more up to date survey information, supplemented with administrative data.
o MSD has therefore decided to take a pause on reporting these rates for children in the 2018 reports. Stats NZ supports this cautious approach. 
You can read the Minister's briefing for detailed explanation which essentially blames sampling and non-sampling error. This sums it up:

"...the 2016 and 2017 samples may have some sample bias away
from poorer households with children. As noted above (para 17), one way that sample bias can occur is through non-responders being different from the responders in important ways that are not addressed by standard weighting procedures. If, for example, it proves more difficult to get responses from households with low incomes or high material hardship than it does to get responses from better off households, then the sample is likely to be biased and the bottom end will likely look better off than expected. The investigation to date is not conclusive on this, and does not explain why it suddenly appeared, but it does point to something unusual happening with the samples."
To not publish their data is quite extraordinary though labelled a temporary measure:

44 We have briefed the following parties on the decision to not publish low-income and
hardship rates fo...

07:00

Two taxes missing Homepaddock

On Monday Jacinda Ardern told us fuel companies were fleecing us.

Yesterday we learned two taxes were missing from her numbers:

Prime Minister Jacinda Arderns calculation of how much extra tax Kiwis are paying at the petrol pump on Monday did not include the recent excise tax or Aucklands Regional Fuel tax.

National Leader Simon Bridges said the Prime Minister has got this badly wrong, and has made a staggering mistake.

But a spokesman for the Prime Minister said her comments were based on the most accurate information Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) had compiled at that time. . . 

Between October 27, 2017 and September 28 this year, petrol prices have risen 39c, according to MBIE data Ardern said just 6.8c of that increase was due to taxes and levies.

That 6.8c increase is made up of a 1.77c increase in Emissions Trading Scheme (EST) taxes and 5.04c of GST over the same period, MBIE data shows.

But the 10c a litre Auckland Regional Fuel Tax and 3.5c a litre fuel excise tax, introduced on September 30, were not included in the taxes and levies side of Arderns equation. 

Whats worse: a Ministry that doesnt know what almost every motorist could have told them, or a Prime Minister and staff who dont ensure the numbers are right, which means right up to date?

 

06:13

Blomfield versus Slater trial over? Your NZ

The Matthew Blomfield versus Cameron Slater defamation trial started last Monday, but I still cant find any media coverage, so its hard to know exactly what is going on. Slater posted on it at Whale Oil on Tuesday but he claimed this: Legal action was started six years ago, but given the nature of [redacted], []

05:44

What if climate change is worse, and does the public care? Your NZ

A recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that warned of the possible effects of climate change largely focussed on what might be a less bad scenario than what some say is possible. Temperature rise predictions are scientifically backed but are still just predictions. Some say things wont be as bad (based on what apart []

05:10

Axe the fuel tax petition just cynical politics Your NZ

Another National barking at a passing (albeit more expensively fueled) car. This is a further devaluing of petitions that used to be a means of public pressure on governments. Weekly or monthly petitions render the democratic tool largely worthless. Whenever I see a petition these days, if the political party or activist organisation behind it []

05:00

Saturday soapbox Homepaddock

Saturdays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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03:20

Media watch Saturday Your NZ

13 October 2018 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 []

03:13

General chat Your NZ

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

03:11

Open Forum Saturday Your NZ

13 October 2018 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 []

02:46

Emotional Haka Wedding In New Zealand Is Going Viral "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By Mayuk Saha

Haka in case you did not know, is a Maori war dance. I refrain from calling it the war dance because there are variations of the Haka: people all over the globe who enjoy rugby/football and have watched the great New Zealand team play will have definitely seen them perform at least one variation, the kama-te kama-te kaora haka. This is the military version, performed for and by great warriors to intimidate the enemy. The gestures are exaggerated and are basically meant as an insult to the enemy. The likes of it have been performed at rugby matches, in the deserts of Africa by the Maori regiment during World War II, and during the funerals of leaders or great athletes like Jonah Lomu.

But there are other variations of the dance as well, which are part of the present assimilative culture of New Zealand. They are done often as a mark of respect; for example, recently a schoolteacher was given a haka farewell by his students in the country and that video was viral too.
We are here to discuss one such beautiful video that has been doing the rounds of social media for some time now. So much so that even the BBC decided to interview the couple whose marriage it is from: Aaliya and Benjamin Armstrong. They are a young Maori married couple from Auckland; Bens older brother led a haka along with his best man to show his respect and love for Ben. The entire thing was caught on video by a cousin.
What is more, the bridesmaids joined in. Now here is where cultural interpretation comes in. For the rest of world, the haka is a military dance designed to intimidate the enemy. But in every cultural act, there are nuances and variations to meanings; things that are more likely to be lost in translation.
And this was such a case too.
A number of netizens critic...

Friday, 12 October

22:04

World view Saturday Your NZ

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

22:01

October 13 in history Homepaddock

Nero ascended to the Roman throne.

1307 Hundreds of Knights Templar in France were simultaneously arrested by agents of Phillip the Fair

1332  Rinchinbal Khan, Emperor Ningzong of Yuan became the Khagan of the Mongols and Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, reigning for only 53 days.

1773 The Whirlpool Galaxy was discovered by Charles Messier.

1775 The United States Continental Congress orders the establishment of the Continental Navy (later renamed the United States Navy).

1777  British General John Burgoynes Army at The Battles of Saratogawas surrounded by superior numbers, setting the stage for its surrender which inspired  France to enter the American Revolutionary War against the British.

1792  The cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion (known as the White House ) was laid.

1812 War of 1812: Battle of Queenston Heights  As part of the Niagara campaign in Ontario, United States forces under General Stephen Van Rensselaer were repulsed from invading Canada by British and native troops led by Sir Isaac Brock.

1843 Henry Jones and 11 others founded Bnai Brith (the oldest Jewish service organization in the world).

1845  A majority of voters in the Republic of Texas approved a proposed constitution, that if accepted by the U.S. Congress, would make Texas a U.S. state.

1862  Mary Kingsley, English writer and explorer, was born (d. 1900).

1884 Greenwich, was established as Universal Time meridian of longitude.

1885 The...

21:22

Israel fines New Zealand women $18,000 for harming fans "artistic welfare" by urging Lorde concert boycott "IndyWatch Feed World"

An Israel court has ordered two New Zealand women to pay damages for harming the "artistic welfare" of three Israeli teenagers after the pop star Lorde cancelled a planned performance in Tel Aviv. Judge Mirit Fohrer ruled that Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab of New Zealand must pay damages to Israeli teenagers Shoshana Steinbach, Ayelet Wertzel and Ahuva Frogel totalling more than NZ$18,000 for writing a letter urging the singer to cancel her concert in Tel Aviv, the Jerusalem Post reports. It is believed to be the first effective use of a 2011 Israeli law allowing civil lawsuits of anyone who encourages a boycott of Israel. The Israeli teenagers claimed their "artistic welfare" was damaged because of the cancellation and that they suffered "damage to their good name as Israelis and Jews".

19:22

365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

Once more nature has trumped the calendar in the debate on when spring starts.

Today was definitely wintery.

It was also a day when I was able to spend most of the time indoors where it was, and still is, warm and cosy and Im very grateful for that.

19:20

Fake News Site Used New Zealand Prime Minister to Pump Bitcoin Startup "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A fake news site used images of New Zealand's prime minister in sponsored posts on Facebook to promote a bitcoin firm.

19:00

Weather Chaos Around The World. Uncensored Publications

Heres a few samples of the insane weather battering the globe right now.  https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=18.99,44.89,271/loc=-42.692,4.561 Its FEROCIOUS Friday! Storm Callum brings travel chaos with flights, trains and ferries CANCELLED on Eugenies big day as 70mph gales and torrential rain pound UK -Storm will bring 6.3in (160mm) of rain to south Wales and batter Northern Ireland and []

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17:54

FULL Kanye West SHOCKING Speech at EXPLOSIVE Meeting with President Trump, Jim Brown Uncensored Publications

Ill just follow Trumps lead on this one, and let Kanye do the talking! Space Force News Published on Oct 11, 2018 Ill only run for president after Trump EXPLOSIVE Press Conference: Kanye West, Jim Brown meet with President Donald Trump at White House Press Briefing. From the BBC: Kanye West says Trump hat []

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17:29

Ardern left two taxes out of fleeced fuel price claim Your NZ

Earlier this week, when Jacinda Ardern said she thought motorists were being fleeced by fuel companies, she left two taxes out of her calculations. Stuff:  Auckland fuel tax and new excise tax left out of PMs petrol tax calculations Prime Minister Jacinda Arderns calculation of how much extra tax Kiwis are paying at the petrol []

16:38

Asias main stock markets traded lower Friday Fears over higher US interest rates linger "IndyWatch Feed War"

Asias main stock markets traded lower Friday, but losses were relatively muted as investors took a breather after a global rout sparked by fears over higher US interest rates.

Equities in Japan and China were marginally in the red but other smaller markets rebounded into positive territory as the fightback began from a broad-based capitulation over the past two days.

In Tokyo, the main Nikkei-225 index began the day more than one percent lower but bounced back to flirt with positive territory after its mid-session break, down only 0.07 percent.

Chinese stocks, which have seen a ferocious sell-off in recent days, also opened with marginal losses, the benchmark Shanghai Composite shedding 0.36 percent.

But the index also pared its losses and was only just in negative territory after a couple of hours of trade.

Official data released earlier Friday showed that Chinas trade surplus with the US hit a new record in September, despite Washingtons tariffs likely adding fuel to a spiralling trade war between the worlds top two economies.

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However, the Kospi index in South Korea was trading one percent in the green. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong and markets in Australia and New Zealand also climbed.

The past two days have seen something approaching panic in global equity markets, as investors took fright in the face of a perfect storm of rising US interest rates and an intensifying trade war between the US and China.

The global sell-off was also in part due to US President Donald Trump describing the policies of the Federal Reserve as loco and crazy, sparking concerns over the independence of the worlds top central bank.

Exhausted

Theres a semblance of sanity returning to the markets, but we are no nearer a significant recovery, Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia Pacific at Oanda, said in a commentary.

Markets are exhausted after the most significant sell-off in global equities since February, added Innes.

After a see-saw session on Wall Street, the Dow Jones ended 2.1 percent down, taking its losses for the week to more than five percent and closing at the lowest levels in months.

Frankfurt, Paris and London all lost at least 1.5 percent as renewed worries over the eurozone came to the fore amid a budgetary scrap between the European Union and Italy.

Some experts warned that the correction, which came after many indices had hit multi-year highs, would be more than a flash...

15:51

no one can boycott Israel without paying for it. Israeli Court Fines Kiwi Activists Uncensored Publications

It is terrifying to think that any nation on Earth can stifle free will and free speech to such an extraordinary degree, and that any nation can consider itself so untouchable that no one is permitted to criticize or even question their policies and actions without legal repercussions. Since so many nations, organisations and artists []

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15:00

Ganging up on Beijing? Five Eyes intel network now looks at China "IndyWatch Feed World"

The intelligence agencies of the US, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have been cooperating closely on countering Chinas foreign activities since the start of the year, Reuters reports. The so-called Five Eyes network is also sharing intelligence with allies such as Germany and Japan, in what has become a multinational coalition against Beijings alleged foreign meddling. Washington and its partners have accused China of using foreign investments to pull political strings an accusation that Beijing denies.

Israel fines New Zealand women $18,000 for urging Lorde concert boycott "IndyWatch Feed World"

An Israel court has ordered two New Zealand women to pay damages for harming the artistic welfare of three Israeli teenagers after the pop star Lorde cancelled a planned performance in Tel Aviv.

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Brizzle to slightly singe; scorch near to burning.

13:30

Neglected Dog Was So Scared Of Men She Wouldn't Leave Her Little House "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Bella was born into the care of a breeder in New Zealand who kept her in absolutely terrible living conditions and severely neglected her. She eventually found a home and escaped her life with the breeder, but unfortunately, she didnt get along with her new familys dog, and was eventually surrendered to Husky Rescue NZ

When Bella first arrived at the rescue, she was absolutely terrified of everyone around her. Shed been treated so poorly for the first several years of her life that she didnt trust humans at all, and her new friends at the rescue knew that it would take her some time to learn to trust again. It seemed as though her recovery journey was going to be a long one until she met Simon Evans, her future new dad. 

Credit: Simon Evans

Evans started volunteering at the husky rescue after work sometimes, helping to exercise all of the very active dogs. He first bonded with a dog named Noct, who had come from the same breeder as Bella and spent the first seven years of his life completely neglected and chained to a shed. Noct was incredibly shy at first, but Evans eventually won him over and hoped that he might be able to do the same thing with Bella. 

Credit: Simon Evans

By the time Bella got to the shelter she was just terrified of everyone (especially men), so much so that when I would show up, shed run straight into her kennel and just hide at the back, Evans told The Dodo. 

In order to gain Nocts trust, Evans had started taking him on runs, and decided to try that same strategy with Bella. With the help of another volunteer, Evans began taking both Bella and Noct out on frequent runs, and slowly but surely, Bellas true personality finally started to emerge. 

We would go for runs a few days per week, and before long she turned a corner and started being excited to see us, Evans said. ...

10:00

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Experience big advantage in lamb rearing Ella Stokes:

Having a pet lamb in the backyard tends to be common at this time of the year; but Kelly Liggett has more than a few at her Clifton farm; in fact this year she has over 90. Reporter Ella Stokes caught up with her and all her pets.

Kelly and Alex Liggett farm in Clifton where they have 2100 ewes, 60 beef calves and 50 yearling bulls. The pair have been farming there for more than 15 years and Mrs Liggett said every year she got more involved.

Over the years she had always reared both calves and lambs but over the past three years has had more of a focus on the lambs. . .

Massey archery champion takes aim at FMG Young Farmer of the Year title:

A two-time world archery champion has joined the race to be the next FMG Young Farmer of the Year.

Ben Orchard, 19, has qualified for the Taranaki/Manawatu Regional Final after finishing second in a district contest in Palmerston North.

Im stoked. I only entered because I thought it would be a bit of fun and I like a challenge. Im really excited, said Ben. . .

Irrigation company makes offer for Hurunui projects water consents:

Resource consents for the large-scale Hurunui Water Project might now be sold after the scheme failed to attract the support needed to move forward.

The 25-year-old plan to increase water availability around Hawarden suffered a big setback in April when the government blocked assistance from the state agency, Crown Irrigation Limited.

In another blow, the $200 million scheme which aims to irrigate 21ha of land failed to get enough local farmers to back it. . .

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09:18

Fiji govt needs to ensure people understand environmental impacts of mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Peter Loy Chong. Photo: Pacific Theological College

The majority of the people are not aware of the full consequences of mining, logging, stone extraction, black sand mining and how these will impoverish their food bank, he said.

Fiji govt needs to walk the talk archbishop

Radio New Zealand |10 October 2018 

The Fiji government should ensure environmental policies at home reflect the climate messages it promotes abroad, Fijis Catholic archbishop says.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has been championing the fight against global warming as president of the current UN climate round, the COP23.

But the archbishop, Peter Loy Chong, said the governments policies needed to be consistent with the proposals it touted during COP23.

Current government policy did too little to protect landowners, the archbishop said.

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07:46

QotD: "...Then comes the panic, the breakdown. And the depression starts. Not PC


The advocates of public control cannot do without [monetary] inflation. They need it in order to finance their policy of reckless spending and of lavishly subsidising and bribing the voters. 
    One day, because they realise for some reason or other that they must stop credit expansion, the banks do stop creating new credit to lend. Then the firms that have expanded cannot get credit to pay for the factors of production necessary for the completion of the investment projects which they have already committed themselves. Because they cannot pay their bills, they sell off their inventories cheap. Then comes the panic, the breakdown. And the depression starts. 
        ~ Ludwig von Mises, from his first great treatise linking the central banks' monetary cycle with the economy's business cycleA Theory of Money and Credit
[Hat tip Greg Hairston]
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07:00

From fake meat to fake veg Homepaddock

Sick of meat that isnt meat saying it is?

How about a meat-based carrot?

Right now the only, fake meat on the market is what they call, plant based meat which isnt meat at all its mushed up plants, but because eating plants sucks they have to pull a trick and color it, add who knows what to it, and call it meat. Now where I come from, if you try to sell something by calling it something that it isnt, they call that fraud and its illegal. Thats not how it works on Wall Street or in investment presentations in Silicon Valley. There you dont have to make sense as long as you can explain your lie with more lies and show a graph that has up arrows on it, theyre in. 

Fake Vegetables

With all this money being poured into fake meat, it gave me an idea. Instead of taking a food that everyone lovesmeat, and making a fake one out of foods that everyone doesnt really love vegetables. Why not make fake foodsvegetables out of great tasting food meat? Of course it doesnt make any sense, but that doesnt seem to matter at all anymore. So Im doing it. Im all in and here it is. I present you the meat based carrot. 

Best looking carrot Ive ever laid eyes on. Throw that baby on the grill. Stick it in a hot dog bun, maybe a little ketchup and mustard and its the tastiest carrot the world has ever known, but dont you go calling it a hot dog, or hamburger, or anything else besides a carrot because that is what it is. A delicious healthy carrot.  And thats just the beginning, Im gonna be making all kinds of great tasting veggies out of meat. My next product, I think will be a bacon based lettuce. Imagine that salad. No dressing required. Just a bowl full of beautiful, succulent bacon leaves. 

I havent completely decided on a name yet but in honor of the two fakest meat companies, Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, Im leaning towards, Beyond Impossible Vegetables. It has a nice fraudulent ring to it. . .

My farmer had a fake meat burger on a flight home from the USA last month. He offered me a bite.

One bite was enough, the taste wasnt memorable and the texture was mushy.

So why bother?

I enjoy eating vegetables and usually eat lots of them. I sometimes choose to eat meatless meals and if Im doing so I want to enjoy them as vegetables in the many and varied ways they can be served in vegetarian meals.

I dont want vegetables that are pretending to be meat, especially if they are purporting to be better for both human and environmental health when ofte...

06:07

Russell McVeagh partner resigns Your NZ

Some change at Russell McVeagh after an investigation confirmed bad behaviour of one of their partners. RNZ:  Russell McVeagh partner quits after complaints upheld (audio) The law firm Russell McVeagh has lost one of its partners, after an independent investigation upheld complaints about the mans drunken behaviour at a client function. Yesterday the law firms []

06:03

More talk on drug use is a health issue but wheres the action? Your NZ

More talk but still a lack of action on drug abuse issues. Minister of Police Stuart Nash talks some talk on addressing drug problems, but his Government is still failing to walk any meaningful walk on addressing urgent drug abuse issues. RadioLive: Drug use should be treated as a health issue Stuart Nash So []

05:25

Ghahraman reveals domestic violence, gets abused Your NZ

In an interview Green MP Golriz Gahraman has revealed she has been the victim of domestic abuse I got strangled and has again been the victim of reprehensible abuse on Twitter. This came up in an interview for a @VICE_NZ Suffrage doco including @janlogies DV victims bill. I answered the question honestly. A []

05:00

Quote of the day Homepaddock

Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail  Luciano Pavarotti who was born on this day in 1937.

03:20

Media watch Friday Your NZ

12 October 2018 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 []

03:15

General chat Your NZ

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

03:10

Open Forum Friday Your NZ

12 October 2018 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 []

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