Word of the day

June 12, 2011

Jaculate – to cast, hurl or throw, as a dart or spear; to throw out; to emit.


Anyone but . . .

June 12, 2011

Comment of the week:

Is it too late to form the Anyone But Winston And His Bunch Of Freeloaders Party?
The ABWAHOFP – the name could serve as an eyesight test as well, or a new hip hop move..

AG Musgrove in response to an NBR story on poll results which suggest a Labour/Greens/Maori Party/United Future/Mana Party/NZ First coaltion could form the next government.

And this one comes a close second:

Aren’t they forgetting about the McGullicuddy Serious Party and the 0.025 seat they will bring into the equation? Should give Phil the majority he is looking for. will also raise the average IQ of the coalition.

By F’tang F’tang Ole Biscuit Barrell.


Labour Party is wrong

June 12, 2011

Quote of the week:

Because  the Labour Party needs to be trampled into the dust. The buildings razed, the population sold into bondage and the land ploughed with salt. It is sweet and necessary for us to kill our enemies and to hear the lamentations of their women.

This does not apply to those who would champion the rights of the workers in our economy, nor to those who would have a more social democratic polity, those who desire more equality nor even those obsessed with the isms….feminism, anti-racisms, genderism and the rest.

It applies solely to the Labour Party. For deep within its primordial brain, in the recesses which produce the knee jerk reactions, the Labour Party is wrong.

They speak the speak of desiring those good things in the second para above. But all of their actual policy initiatives militate against those very things. . .

Tim Worstall was referring to the UK Labour Party. He admits it’s:

a tad over the top but there’s a truth or two in there……

It is a tad over the top but if it’s applied to the New Zealand Labour Party there is also a truth or two in there.


The trouble with volunteers

June 12, 2011

Whaleoil has come across Labour Party  emails, finan­cial details, party plan­ning infor­ma­tion and mem­ber­ship data among which is the minutes of a meeting of Labour North which say:

The meeting was reminded of the successes and achievements of the LN collective – in fundraising and public meetings. The role of the office and MP were clarified, noting these add value to the collective, and to use Parliamentary services for best outcome for the LP.

The Herald On Sunday asked MP Darien Fenton, who was at the meeting about this:

She said minutes of meetings were taken by volunteers and could contain errors.

However, she conceded that there had been pressure to use the Parliamentary staff member for party business.

“It has been an area of tension. It is an ongoing discussion with them about how we protect the role of the staff member and the MP. . .”

The trouble with volunteers is that they do sometimes get carried away with their enthusiasm and they might make errors.

However, MPs should be very well aware of the very clear division between what Parliamentary Services staff and funds do on behalf of constituents and what a party and its members do for political ends.

An MP who was taking part in campaign discussions should have left the meeting and the minute taker in no doubt at all that Parliamentary Services had absolutely no role in any outcomes for the Labour Party.


A tax by anyother name stinks of political opportunism

June 12, 2011

The Labour Party campaign against farmers continues:

Labour is interesting in receiving more examples of where unfair tax rules confer special privileges on the agricultural sector, says Labour’s Associate Finance spokesperson David Parker.

“Since Labour announced that it intends to make farmers pay 10 per cent of their agricultural greenhouse gas emissions there have been lots of indignant letters to the editor from the farming sector,” David Parker said.

“There has, in fact, been an orchestrated campaign from backers of the National Party and the rural lobby.

“Our MPs have been receiving some pretty unreasonable correspondence, including hate mail,” David Parker said.

There is no excuse for hate mail. But nor is there any reason for Labour to wage war against the productive sector for political ends.

Charges imposed under the ETS are supposed to encourage behavioural changes to reduce emissions, they’re not supposed to be taxes taken from one sector and applied to another. But that’s Labour’s aim –  to tax farmers and use the money for research and development in general, not anything aimed at reducing emissions in particular.

Accountants admit that Labour’s last R&D tax exemptions provided them with work as businesses did their best to manipulate their figures so they’d qualify. Evidence that more research was undertaken is much harder to find.

Farmers already pay ETS levies on power and fuel, as everyone else in the country does. On top of that we’re contributing to research aimed at reducing agricultural emissions.

Forcing specific levies on farmers when every other country is exempting agriculture from their Kyoto commitments and the science has not yet come up with much to help reduce emissions is motivated by politics not environmental concerns.

“Labour believes the farming sector should pay its fair share,” David Parker said. “We are actively seeking as many examples as possible of where that’s not happening.”

“New Zealand needs to broaden our export base beyond farming. To do this we need a research and development tax credit. The farming sector must pay its fair share to help fund this.”

Everyone should pay their fair share, not just farmers.

There’s no argument that we should broaden our export base, but there’s no logical reason to single out  farmers to pay for it.

Labour’s policy isn’t really for an ETS levy. It’s a tax and a tax by any other name stinks of political opportunism.


June 12 in history

June 12, 2011

1381  Peasants’ Revolt: in England, rebels arrived at Blackheath.

 

1418  An insurrection delivered Paris to the Burgundians.

1429  Hundred Years’ War: Joan of Arc led the French army in their capture of the city and the English commander, William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the second day of the Battle of Jargeau.

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1560  Battle of Okehazama: Oda Nobunaga defeated Imagawa Yoshimoto.

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1653  First Anglo-Dutch War: the Battle of the Gabbard began.

 

1665 England installed a municipal government in New York City.

1758 French and Indian War: Siege of LouisbourgJames Wolfe‘s attack at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia commenced.

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1775  American Revolution: British general Thomas Gage declared martial law in Massachusetts. The British offer a pardon to all colonists who lay down their arms with two exceptions: Samuel Adams and John Hancock, if captured, were to be hanged.

 

1776 The Virginia Declaration of Rights was adopted.

1798 Irish Rebellion of 1798: Battle of Ballynahinch.

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1802 Harriet Martineau, controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and feminist, was born (d. 1876).

 

1806 John A. Roebling, German-America civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge), was born (d. 1869).

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1819  Charles Kingsley, English writer, was born (d. 1875).

1827 Johanna Spyri, Swiss writer, was born (d. 1901).

1830  Beginning of the French colonization of Algeria: 34,000 French soldiers landed at Sidi Ferruch.

1860  The State Bank of the Russian Empire was established.

1864 American Civil War, Overland Campaign: Battle of Cold Harbor – Ulysses S. Grant gave the Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee a victory when he pulled his Union troops from their positions at Cold Harbor, Virginia and moves south.

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1889  78 people were killed in the Armagh rail disaster.

1897 Anthony Eden, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1977).

1898 Philippine Declaration of Independence: General Emilio Aguinaldo declared the Philippines’ independence from Spain.

1899  New Richmond Tornado killed 117 people and injured around 200.

Ruins of the town's Methodist Church following this deadly tornado.
 
 
1915 David Rockefeller, American banker, was born.
 
1922 King George V received the colours of the six Irish regiments that were to be disbanded – the Royal Irish Regiment, the Connaught Rangers, the South Irish Horse, the Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment, the Royal Munster Fusiliers and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
 
 
1924 George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, was born.
 
 
1929 Anne Frank, German-born Dutch Jewish diarist and Holocaust victim, was born (d. 1945).
 

1935 Chaco War ended: a truce was called between Bolivia and Paraguay.

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1938 Tom Oliver, Australian actor, was born.

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1939  Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures’ Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.

1939  The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York.

1940  World War II: 13,000 British and French troops surrendered to Major General Erwin Rommel at Saint-Valery-en-Caux.

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1942 The first troops from the USA landed in Auckland.

First US troops land in Auckland

1942  Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday.

 

1943  Reg Presley, English singer/songwriter (The Troggs), was born.

1943  Germany liquidated the Jewish Ghetto in Berezhany, western Ukraine. 1,180  are lpeople were led to the city’s old Jewish graveyard and shot.

1952 Pete Farndon, English musician (The Pretenders), was born (d. 1983).

1963 Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was murdered by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith.

1964 Anti-apartheid activist and ANC leader Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage in South Africa.

 

1967  The United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declared all U.S. state laws which prohibited interracial marriage to be unconstitutional.

 

1967   Venera 4 was launched.

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1979  Bryan Allen won the second Kremer prize for a man powered flight across the English Channel in the Gossamer Albatross.

1987  The Central African Republic‘s former Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa was sentenced to death for crimes he had committed during his 13-year rule.

1987  Cold War: At the Brandenburg Gate U.S. President Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

1990 Russia Day – the parliament of the Russian Federation formally declared its sovereignty.

1991  Russians elected Boris Yeltsin as the president of the republic.

1991 –  Kokkadichcholai massacre: the Sri Lankan Army massacred 152 minority Tamil civilians in the village Kokkadichcholai.

1994  Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered outside her home in Los Angeles.

1996  In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a panel of federal judges blocked a law against indecency on the internet.

1997  Queen Elizabeth II reopened the Globe Theatre in London.

 

1999  Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian began when a NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force (KFor) entered the province of Kosovo.

 

2000  Sandro Rosa do Nascimento took hostages while robbing Bus #174 in Rio de Janeiro.

2004  A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite struck a house in Ellerslie causing serious damage but no injuries.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia


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