Dacrygelosis – alternating laughing and crying; a mental condition characterised by mood swings.
Websites visited for my discussion with Jim Mora on Ciritcal Mass today were:
and intellectual lawn art at a Bee of a Certain Age (this is from Deborah who used to blog at In A Strangeland when she lived in Austrlaia but started aBoCA when she moved back to New Zealand.)
The term losing the farm usually refers to financial problems but in Hawkes Bay it can be applied literally as record rainfall caused floods and slips:
Large areas of low-lying farmland were been flooded in the two-day storm; one station near Waipawa recorded 500mm of rain.
Marion McKee, who with her husband farms 610 hectares near the coast at Blackhead, said up to three-quarters of the property has been lost to slips and other damage, and their immediate neighbours had been hit just as badly.
Another coastal farmer, John Nation, said 530mm of rain in two days had caused deep slips on hillsides, destroyed fences, including boundary fences, and damaged buildings.
Mr Nation estimated about half his farm has been destroyed in the storm.
A Landcorp farm is among those worst hit:
Landcorp says much of Te Apiti station (1200 hectares) has been destroyed.
Chief executive Chris Kelly says 30% of the farm has been lost and boundary fences are largely gone.
The SOE estimates repairs will cost about $450,000.
The worst of the damage was fairly localised. Farmers outside that area welcomed 120mm of rain and will be able to help those who’ve lost large parts of their farm to nature.
Today is tax freedom day . Business Round Table executive director says it’s five days earlier earlier than last year and one earlier than the year before:
Mr Kerr said Tax Freedom Day represents the notional day in the year when the average New Zealander stops working for the government and starts working for themselves.
The calculation was based on central government core expenditure, which was forecast to be 33.4% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the government’s December 2010 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update.
“The average New Zealander effectively spends one third of the year working for central government,” Mr Kerr said.
Tax ‘freedom’ actually came a little bit earlier this year than in the last couple of years: Tax Freedom Day in 2009 and 2010 fell on May 4 and 8 respectively, according to revised data.
I’d give that an improving but must do better, especially when local body rates are taken into account.
Mr Kerr said a number of fast-growing Asian and other countries have levels of government spending, and hence tax burdens, that are well below the OECD average.
“While soundly based government spending on public goods and a safety net is justified, economic research suggests that beyond a certain point government spending and taxation are harmful to economic growth.
The line between enough tax to provide for public good and a safety net and so much it harms economic growth isn’t easily drawn.
But lower tax rates can result in higher tax takes from a growing economy.
A new leader wants to put his stamp on his party as soon as possible. But what’s the point of changing ministers when it’s little more than six months to the election?
The new ACT leader, Don Brash, who is not an MP, will meet the Prime Minister on Tuesday to discuss whether or not the former leader Rodney Hide and the deputy leader, John Boscawen, should retain their ministerial positions.
Mr Key says ministers serve at the pleasure of the Prime Minister but that he will be listening to the opinions of Dr Brash as ACT party leader.
Mr Key says he could support Mr Hide, Mr Boscawen, or the former deputy, Heather Roy, as ministers.
Are Hide and Boscawen performing as well as they should as ministers? Would Roy be any better?
Unless the answer to both those questions is no the decision by Brash to seek to strip his predecessor, Hide, and/or the party’s deputy Boscawen, of their portfolios and replace one or both with Roy this late in the electoral cycle looks petty and vindictive.
However, if Brash’s intention is to leave Act with no ministers, that’s a sign he wants to be able to clearly differentiate Act from the government to show voters clearly what it stands for.
On May 3:
1469 Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian and political author was born (d. 1527).
1491 Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga was baptised by Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I.
1715 Edmund Halley’s total solar eclipse.
1768 Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist, was born (d. 1838).
1791 The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitutionin Europe) was proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
1802 Washington, D.C. was incorporated as a city.
1808 Finnish War: Sweden lost the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.
1808 Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels were fired upon near Príncipe Pío hill.
1820 Missionary John Butler turned the first furrow at Kerikeri, becoming the first to use a European plough in New Zealand.
1830 The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway was opened – the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.
1837 The University of Athens was founded.
1844 Richard D’Oyly Carte, English theatrical impresario was born (d. 1901).
1849 The May Uprising in Dresden began – the last of the German revolutions of 1848.
1860 Charles XV of Sweden-Norway was crowned king of Sweden.
1877 Labatt Park, the oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world had its first game.
1887 Margaret Cruickshank became the first woman to be registered as a doctor in New Zealand.
1898 Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, was born (d. 1978).
1901 The Great Fire of 1901 began in Jacksonville, Florida.
1903 Bing Crosby, American singer and actor, was born (d. 1977).
1913 Raja Harishchandra the first full-length Indian feature film was released.
1919 Pete Seeger, American singer, was born.
1920 A Bolshevik coup failsedin the Democratic Republic of Georgia.
1921 Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer was born (d. 1989).
1921 Joe Ames, American singer, was born (d. 2007).
1928 Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
1933 Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman to head the United States Mint.
1933 James Brown, American singer and dancer, was born (d. 2006).
1934 Frankie Valli, American singer (The Four Seasons), was born.
1946 International Military Tribunal for the Far East began in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
1947 New post-war Japanese constitution went into effect.
1948 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.
1951 – The Kentucky Derby was televised for the first time.
1951 Christopher Cross, American musician, was born.
1960 The Off-Broadway musical comedy, The Fantasticks, openedin Greenwich Village, eventually becoming the longest-running musical of all time.
1960 – The Anne Frank House opened in Amsterdam.
1963 The police force in Birmingham, Alabama switches tactics and responded with violent force to stop the “Birmingham campaign” protesters.
1973 The Sears Tower in Chicago was topped out as the world’s tallest building.
1978 The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (later known as “spam“) was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.
1986 Twenty-one people were killed and forty-one are injured after a bomb exploded in an airliner (Flight UL512) at Colomb airport in Sri Lanka.
1991 The Declaration of Windhoek was signed.
1999 Oklahoma City was slammed by an F5 tornado killing forty-two people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. One of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak, this was the strongest tornado ever recorded with wind speeds of up to 318 mph.
2000 The sport of geocaching began, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
2002 A military MiG-21 aircraft crashed into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.
2003 – New Hampshire’s famous Old Man of the Mountain collapsed.
2006 Armavia Flight 967 crashed into the Black Sea, killing 113 people on board, with no survivors.
Sourced from NZ History Online & WIkipedia