Happy birthday Bruce Johnston, 68 today.
Why would a newspaper which wants to be taken seriously waste its front page lead on a story about someone most people don’t know?
A politician’s private life might be fair game, that of their families generally isn’t.
If this storyis of itnerest to the public, they need to get lives. It’s certainly not in the public interest.
I’m deliberately not using names nor am I making a link. The purpose of this post is to criticise the paper not to give more unwanted publicity to the story and the people who feature in it.
Several months ago someone whose name I’ve forgotten and of whom I’ve heard nothing since, announced he was going to stand for Mayor of Waitaki.
A few weeks ago the incumbent, Alec Familton, announced he was seeking re-election.
Now there’s another contender – deputy mayor Gary Kircher has used his blog to announce he plans to seek the mayoralty too.
I might have said it’s difficult for a sitting councillor to defeat a sitting mayor because both could be judged on what the council has – or hasn’t – done.
But three years ago Alec, who was a sitting councillor, defeated then-Mayor Alan McLay.
Then there were big issues, including controversy over the Opera House development and steep rates rises.
It’s been much quieter on the local body front in the past three years which will make it more difficult to mount a challenge.
However, the race has just begun and if a week is a long time in politics, anything might happen in the four months between now and the election.
H is for Havard University which, through its endowment fund, is making a bid for a 3,000 cow, 1,300 hectare property in the Maniototo for $28 million.
The fund already owns a farm in the area running 1100 cows on 450 hectares. It also owns nearly a two thirds of the , 184,000ha Kaingaroa forest.
That’s a lot of land and Cactus Kate asks if there will be a public outcry of xenophobia over this foreign purchase as there has over the bid for the Crafer farms by Chinese interests?
There might be because some people oppose any foreign ownership.
Why? Because H is also for hypocrisy.
People who are quite happy to reap the rewards from investments by New Zealand companies is other countries – including farms – get upset at the idea of foreign investment and ownership of businesses and land here.
On Thursday we visited a farm which was grazing 700 cows in quarantine before they are shipped to one of Fonterra’s farms in China.
That’s our genetics and expertise going to another country. Most, probably all, of the milk the cows produce will stay there and some of the profit will come back here.
If we accept that, how can we refuse when overseas companies want to invest here providing they abide by our laws when they do so?
If we accept US investment how can we oppose Chinese investment?
That wouldn’t just be hypocrisy it would be racism.
On June 27:
1358 Republic of Dubrovnik was founded.
1709 Peter the Great defeated Charles XII of Sweden at the Battle of Poltava.
1743 War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: On the battlefield in Bavaria, George II personally led troops into battle. The last time that a British monarch would command troops in the field.
1759 General James Wolfe began the siege of Quebec.
1838 Paul von Mauser, German weapon designer, was born (d. 1914)
1844 Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his brother Hyrum Smith, were murdered by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail.
1846 Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish independence fighter, was born (d. 1891).
1850 Jørgen Pedersen Gram, Danish mathematician, was born (d. 1919).
1865 Sir John Monash, Australian military commander, was born (d. 1931).
1869 Emma Goldman, Lithuanian/American anarchist and feminist, was born (d. 1940).
1880 Helen Keller, American deaf and blind activist, was born (d. 1968).
1895 The inaugural run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.
1898 The first solo circumnavigation of the globe was completed by Joshua Slocum.
1905 (June 14 according to the Julian calendar): Battleship Potemkin uprising: sailors started a mutiny aboard the Battleship Potemkin, denouncing the crimes of autocracy, demanding liberty and an end to war.
1923 Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter performed the first ever aerial refueling in a DH-4B biplane.
1941 Romanian governmental forces, allies of Nazi Germany, launched one of the most violent pogroms in Jewish history in the city of Iaşi, resulting in the murder of at least 13,266 Jews.
1941 German troops captured the city of Białystok during Operation Barbarossa.
1942 Bruce Johnston, American musician (The Beach Boys).
1950 The United States decided to send troops to fight in the Korean War.
1951 Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, was born.
1954 The world’s first nuclear power station opened in Obninsk, near Moscow.
1967 The world’s first ATM was installed in Enfield, London.
1970 John Eales, Australian Rugby Player, was born.
1973 The President of Uruguay, Juan María Bordaberry, dissolved Parliament and headed a coup d’état.
1974 U.S president Richard Nixon visited the U.S.S.R..
1975 Mark Williams reached No 1 with Yesterday Was Just The Beginning of My Life.
1977 France granted independence to Djibouti.
1989 The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, ILO 169 convention, was adopted.
1991 Slovenia was invaded by Yugoslav troops, tanks, and aircraft, starting the Ten-Day War.
2007 The Brazilian Military Police invaded the favelas (slums)of Complexo do Alemão in an episode which is remembered as the Complexo do Alemão massacre.
Sourced from NZ HIstory Online & Wikipedia
The boors/bores who boo when the team they don’t support are taking kicks for penalties or conversions are unsporting and as irritating as the vuvuzelas.
If the All Blacks vs Wales doesn’t appeal Adam Smith is offering Saturday rock for those who prefer rock to rubgy. The show starts here.
Happy birthday Georgie Fame, 67 today.
I recognise the song but not this version, did someone else cover it?
A man in a hot air balloon, realising he was lost, reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended further and shouted to the lady “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am”
The woman below replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”
“You must be in IT,” said the balloonist.
“Actually I am,” replied the woman, “How did you know?”
“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct but I’ve no idea what to make of your information and the fact is I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip.”
The woman below responded, “You must be in Management.”
“I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”
“Well,” said the woman, “you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my *&##* fault…”
Going post-espresso with Chemex – Half Pie takes a scientific approach to coffee.
The tyrrany of power point – Alison Campbell at Sciblogs on the pluses and minuses of technological assistance in communication.
All White on the Night – Opposable Thumb takes us down several pegs.
The decline of civilisation – Not PC on questions. While there Roll it experimental housing- University of Karlsruhe is also worth a look.
A blog of one’s own – Schroedinger’s Tabby turns two.
Public Opinion – Quote Unquote on modern media.
Houston we have . . . . a lot of snow – Laughy Kate reports on gameshow recruits.
At the end of the earth Latitude 44 muses on cultural identity
Australian political scientists are petitioning for the introduction of new unit of time; the Rudd. It has an uncertain half life, but almost never lasts as long as you think it will. . .
. . . Congratulations, Australia. Your main female role model politician is no longer Pauline Hanson. You might become civilised yet.
You can read the rest at GoNZo Freakpower.
Roger Beattie is the Federated Farmers’ 2010 Agri-Personality of the Year.
Roger Beattie is an eco-anarchist combining conservation with business acumen. Roger is passionate about endangered species, but believes commercial farming is a better model for long term survival. His interview on Close-Up with DoC’s Al Morrison of the status quo versus farming weka, saw 83 percent of viewers side with Roger. Roger has also rescued a flock of wild Pitt Island sheep with a plan to selling them as a gourmet food product. His latest victory against bureaucracy is the commercialisation of Undaria – an invasive Japanese kelp used in soups and salads overseas. After a ten year fight he finally got the greenlight to start an industry that, in five years could be worth $10 million a year. Roger is also the force behind Eyris Blue Pearls – Paua Pearls – exported around the world.
The Agri Business Person of the Year is Graeme Harrison, founder and chair of ANZCO Foods.
Graeme created ANZCO foods in Japan in 1984, returning to New Zealand nine years later to lead the company’s subsequent growth. Today, ANZCO has annual sales of more than $1.2 billion and employs 2,800 people on 11 production sites within New Zealand and has sales and marketing offices in Japan, Taiwan, North America, the UK and Belgium. Graeme’s vision for the future has been key in ensuring ANZCO’s past and future success and this is evident in the company’s ongoing focus in increasing investment in downstream manufacturing. This includes food solutions, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and food flavourings. Right through the process of ANZCO’s growth as a company, Graeme has shown leadership, vision and innovation and this has ensured that the business has been extremely successful.
This is the second year Federated Farmers has run the Cream of the Crop awards which Feds president Don Nicolson said gives the organisation the opportunity to celebrate how good farmers are.
The awards were sponsored by Ravensdown whose chair Bill McLeod was one of the judges.
Other judges were Invercargill Mayor, Tim Shadbolt, farming and All Blacks legend, Sir Brian Lochore, Cathy Quinn, the Auckland based chair of law firm, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and 2010 Veuve Clicquot businesswoman of the year and Southland netball coach, Robyn Broughton.
1284 The legendary Pied Piper led 130 children out of Hamelin.
1409 Western Schism: the Roman Catholic church was led into a double schism as Petros Philargos was crowned Pope Alexander V after the Council of Pisa, joining Pope Gregory XII in Rome and Pope Benedict XII in Avignon.
1483 Richard III was crowned king of England.
1541 Francisco Pizarro was assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger.
1718 Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great’s son, mysteriously died after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.
1723 After a siege and bombardment by cannon, Baku surrendered to the Russians.
1817 Branwell Bronte, British painter and poet, was born (d. 1848).
1848 End of the June Days Uprising in Paris.
1857 The first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park.
1866 George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, English financier of Egyptian excavations, was born (d. 1923).
1870 Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States.
1892 Pearl S. Buck, American writer, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1973).
1898 Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer, was born (d. 1978).
1908 Salvador Allende, Former President of Chile (1970-1973), was born (d. 1973)
1909 Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager, was born (d. 1997)
1909 The Science Museum in London became an independent entity.
1913 Maurice Wilkes, British computer scientist, was born.
1914 Laurie Lee, British writer, was born (d. 1997).
1917 The first U.S. troops arrived in France to fight alongside the allies in World War I.
1918 The Australian steamer Wimmera was sunk by a mine laid the year before by the German raider Wolf north of Cape Maria van Diemen.
1921 Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent, was born (d. 1945).
1924 American occupying forces left the Dominican Republic.
1934 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions.
1936 Initial flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter.
1940 Billy Davis, Jr., American singer (The 5th Dimension), was born.
1940 World War II: under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Soviet Union presented an ultimatum to Romania requiring it to cede Bessarabia and the northern part of Bukovina.
1942 The first flight of the Grumman F6F Hellcat.
1945 The United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco.
1952 The Pan-Malayan Labour Party was founded, as a union of statewise labour parties.
1959 The Saint Lawrence Seaway opened, opening North America’s Great Lakes to ocean-going ships.
1960 The former British Protectorate of British Somaliland gained its independence as Somaliland .
1960 – Madagascar gained its independence from France.
1963 John F. Kennedy spoke the famous words “Ich bin ein Berliner” on a visit to West Berlin.
1973 At Plesetsk Cosmodrome 9 people were killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
1974 The Universal Product Code was scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.
1975 Indira Gandhi established emergency rule in India.
1976 The CN Tower, the world’s tallest free-standing structure on land, was opened to general public.
1977 The Yorkshire Ripper killed 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she is the first victim who was not a prostitute.
1991 Ten-Day War: the Yugoslav people’s army began the Ten-Day War in Slovenia.
1993 The United States launched a missile attack targeting Baghdad intelligence headquarters in retaliation for a thwarted assassination attempt against former President George H.W. Bush in April in Kuwait.
1995 Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposed his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, as the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup.
1996 Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin was shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin.
1997nThe U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Communications Decency Act violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
2003 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws were unconstitutional.
2008 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protected an individual right, and that the District of Columbia handgun ban was unconstitutional.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Happy birthday Tim Finn, 58 today.
Happy birthday Carly Simon, 65 today.
Does anyone know who she ws singing about?
We took the long way home from the Wairarapa yesterday, going via Bulls.
En route, we passed through Eketahuna, home of Alf Grumble MP.
I didn’t spot him in town, perhaps he was busy in Wellington.
But I did see this sign which I presume points to his office:
If it does, I presume if people turn left they’ll be right.
1.How would the public, which doesn’t like coprorate farming, react to the suggestion a private company that already owned 105 farms wanted to buy the 16 Crafar farms?
2. Would it make a difference if a company which didn’t already own farms but was foreign owned wanted to make a bid?
3. Would it make a difference if the company wanting to bid was Landcorp, an SOE?
4. If Landcorp buys the 16 Crafar farms should it sell some of the 105 farms it already owns?
5. How much land should Landcorp have?
6. Is Landcorp a good farmer?
7. Does it have expertise in farm development?
8. If so how does its record of development compare with that of private farmers or companies?
9. Should the taxpayer have $1668.7m tied up in farms?
10. Are dividends of $10m last year, $13m in 2007/08, $12m in 2006/07 and $3m in 2005/06 good returns on that investment?
11. Would there be bigger dividends for New Zealand agriculture – and all New Zealanders – if some or all of the $16668.7m was invested in irrigation, agricultural research and education or training instead?
12. Would New Zealand be better off if some of that money was invested in something other than agriculture – health or general research and education perhaps?
13. Why doesn’t Landcorp invest in processing and fertiliser co-operatives as most other farmers do?
14. Do they support NZ Inc?
15. Should the state be in farming?
16. Why can’t individual New Zealanders or private companies afford to buy the Crafar farms individually or as a group?
17. Can a corporate entity ever be as good at farming as individuals and families?
(A nod to Cactus Kate who’s so very good at asking random impertinent questions.)
Here I am, not knowing one end of a football from the other (though I do know they’re round and therefore don’t have ends), writing a third post on the World Cup.
The All Whites went to South Africa as underdogs and return with three draws. They didn’t lose a game and while they didn’t win any either, they finished ahead of last year’s champions and they won lots of hearts in doing so.
They did this because they defied expectations though, Cactus Kate is right that they were so close but nowhere near:
Anyone who thinks this is New Zealand’s greatest sporting achievement is either a soccer fanatic or clearly knows nothing about sports. Sure it was the heart-warming Disney moment in New Zealand sports in living memory, but the result is tomorrow they fly home.
The All Blacks can only wish they could get away with three draws in their World Cup and have acceptance from the nation.
But this wasn’t the All Blacks, Black Caps, the Silver Ferns or Black Ferns, our rowers, runners, sailors or even Black Sticks any or all of whom we expect – sometimes even demand – to win some of the time.
No-one expected the All Whites to win and few would have been surprised if they’d lost every game. They didn’t, they drew them, surpassing expectations, and in doing so they did a lot – for themselves, the team and the sport.
Lindsay Mitchell finds plenty to celebrate.
Adolf at No Minister says they are out but not down.
Monkeywith typewriter says well done All Whites.
Not PC thinks it was a great result.
And PM of NZ is underwhlemed and looking forward to a return to normality.
Update: Kiwiblog notes we never lost a game.
Australia’s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard said * she made a choice to go into politics rather than be a parent.
She was once reported as saying a mother would never be Prime Minister but she says she was misquoted:
For some time, when speaking publicly about the pressures in women’s lives, Gillard has rhetorically asked the question, “Could John Howard or Peter Costello have had quite the same careers if they were women?” The question is intended to be a humorous way of getting her audience thinking.
The point she is making, she explains, is that it is easy for some men to look at women’s choices and offer a critical view without thinking for themselves what they would have done if faced with exactly the same choices.
“I was trying to say we need to be talking about the pressures for women,” she continues. “Not just for politicians, but for women right across the nation who live the juggle of trying to put work and family together.”
Gillard describes the stress she sees in the life of her friend Kirsten Livermore, the Federal Member for Capricornia. Livermore is the mother of two young children and her huge electorate is based in Rockhampton in North Queensland. She regularly brings her children to Canberra, but even with her husband’s support, Gillard says, “It’s unbelievably tough to work in a highly pressurised workplace and deal with family issues at the same time.”
It appears to be even tougher for some people than others and more of those people happen to be women.
Does that mean politics and parenting are mutually exclusive, or at least a lot harder for women?
Many men manage to combine the two roles but a lot fewer women do.
That may be because fewer women who want to be mothers also want to enter politics; or that more women who enter politics don’t want to be mothers.
But I suspect it is also because, in spite of the gains made in gender equality, women still find it harder than men to manage demanding careers and parenthood, and politics is a particularly demanding career.
Jenny Shipley combined motherhood and politics, but her children were at secondary school by the time she reached cabinet and young adults when she was Prime Minister.
Helen Clark chose not to have a family.
Ruth Richardson had a young family but in her autobiography wrote of how difficult it was to juggle pregnancy, babies and politics.
Katherine Rich often spoke of how family-unfriendly parliament and politics were and she decided to retire at the end of the last parliamentary term because she wanted to spend more time with her family.
Lots of sitting MPs, here and in other countries, are parents; some of them are women. But fewer women than men reach the upper rungs of the political ladder.
There will be lots of reasons for that, among which is that some – like some men – may not have the desire or ability.
But some don’t aim for the top because they put their families first, some do by choosing not to have children, few manage both parenting and the political heights.
The Australian says Julia Gillard’s ascension fulfils feminist dream.
But at least for now it appears that the feminist dream requires women to choose between politics and parenting and that combining politics and parenting is still an impossible dream for most women.
* Sky TV last night, not online.
On June 25:
524 Battle of Vézeronce, the Franks defeated the Burgundians.
1678 Elena Cornaro Piscopia was the first woman awarded a doctorate of philosophy.
1741 Maria Theresa of Austria was crowned ruler of Hungary.
1880 Potatau Te Wherowhero of Waikato, the first Maori king died.
1900 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Viceroy of India, was born (d. 1979).
1903 George Orwell (pen name of Eric Arthur Blair), British writer, was born (d. 1950).
1903 Anne Revere, American actress, was born (d. 1990).
1913 Cyril Fletcher, British comedian, was born (d. 2005).
1923 Nicholas Mosley, British writer, was born.
1925 June Lockhart, American actress, was born.
1928 Peyo, Belgian illustrator, was born (d. 1992).
1939 Clint Warwick, English musician (The Moody Blues), was bron (d. 2004).
1944 World War II: The Battle of Tali-Ihantala, the largest battle ever fought in the Nordic Countries, began.
1945 Carly Simon, American singer, was born.
1947 The Diary of Anne Frank was published.
1948 The Berlin airlift began.
1950 The Korean War began with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.
1952 Tim Finn, New Zealand singer/songwriter, was born.
1961 Ricky Gervais, English comedian, actor, writer, was born.
1962 Phill Jupitus, English comedian and broadcaster, was born.
1967 First live global satellite television programme – Our World
The Intelsat I nicknamed “Early Bird”, one of the satellites used
1975 Mozambique achieved independence.
1981 Microsoft was restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington.
1982 Greece abolished the head shaving of recruits in the military.
1993 Kim Campbell was chosen as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and became the first female Prime Minister of Canada.
1996 The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia killed 19 U.S. servicemen.
1997 The Soufrière Hills volcano in Montserrat erupted resulting in the deaths of 19 people.
2006 Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier, was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists in a cross-border raid from the Gaza Strip.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Happy birthday Mick Fleetwood, 63 today.