Word of the day

June 17, 2011

Objurgation – harsh rebuke or criticism,  earnest denunciation, rebuke, scolding.


One person’s trash not always another’s treasure

June 17, 2011

Thrift shops complain that people dump unusable junk on them to save paying dumping fees.

After many hours sorting books for the Rotary Club of Oamaru’s annual Bookarama I know what they mean – one person’s trash isn’t always another’s treasure.

Some books which are donated look as it they’ve never been opened, others are well-read but still in good condition some are simply rubbish.

One of the supermarkets which was collecting books on our behalf phoned to say someone had just dropped off 17 boxes full. The donor’s intentions might have been good but only a handful of the dozens of books inside them were of any use.

Memo to self: go through book shelves regularly and never store books outside.


Friday’s answers

June 17, 2011

Thursday’s questions were:

1. Who said: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. “?

2. Who composed The Four Seasons?

3. It’s espoir in French, speranza in Italian,  esperanza in Spanish and manawa ora in Maori, what is it in English?

4. What was a tamarillo’s former name?

5. Where (more or less)  does the 45th parallel cross State Highway 1?

Points for answers:

PDM got one and a bonus for honesty – though he didn’t look closely enough because as Raymond points out Cromwell though at a similar latitude isn’t on SH 1.

Andrei got four and a near-enough since I did say more or less for #5 which earns an electronic batch of muffins.

Raymond got three with a bonus for being specific about #5 (local knowledge helps).

Cadawallader also got three and a bonus for being specific.

Paul got three, a not quite near enough (on the wrong side of the Waitaki) a bonus for wit and yes I got it.

Adam got three and a bonus for the E (which prompted me to check my spelling).

UPDATE:

I had allocated marks last night, knowing I’d be at the Bookarama all day and therefore missed Gravedodger’s and Mort’s asnwers:

GD got four right (it would be a very brisk walk) with a bonus for listening ot SWMBO.

Mort got five right which earns an electronic batch of muffins too.

Answers follow the break:

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Private and public

June 17, 2011

Had Darren Hughes not been an MP the complaint against him might not have been reported.

It certainly wouldn’t have been reported in as much detail as it was and that prompted Phil Goff  to say he was subjected to  trial by media.

Some media went too far in pursuing the complainent, whose name is suppressed. But you can’t blame journalists for trying to get a story like this when it concerned an MP.

He will not be charged but that is not the same thing as clearing his name, especially when police said they had no concerns about the validity of the complaint.

This has led to calls for him to explain what happened on the night in question.

The private life of public figures is not as private as that of other citizens, especially if what they’ve done reflects on their judgement.

But Hughes has resigned as an MP, is no longer a public figure and therefore is under no obligation to explain anything.

If however, he wants to return to public life he will need to make an explanation and an apology for what could be described in the kindest light as a serious lapse of judgement.

Unless he does any suggestion of a return to public life will be overshadowed by doubts and questions.

If a story like this had broken on almost any other MP there would have been at least a few people willing to twist the knife or spill some dirt. That there wasn’t shows an unusual degree of affection for him from colleagues, not just on his side of the political divide, and the media.

But if he wants to return to public life he can’t rely on his likeability to prevent this episode coming back to haunt him unless he fronts up about it. And if he is considering a come-back then the sooner he explains and apologises the better.


Who else has got the number?

June 17, 2011

The man taking my booking for a hotel room asked if I’d stayed there before.

I had, he looked up the records,  confirmed the information he found was mine and checked that the details were up to date.

Then we got to requiring a credit card to secure the booking and he told me he had my number and asked if it was alright to use that card.

I am sure I had never been asked if the hotel could keep a record of my credit card.

I wonder how many other businesses routinely keep credit card and other information without telling the owner?

Given how easily Whaleoil was able to access personal information from a Labour Party website I’m not entirely relaxed about the idea that credit card numbers and other data might be stored by people who have a similarly lax attitude to security and privacy.

Whaleoil has said:

I have decided to with­hold the vast bulk of mate­r­ial that I found, because I absolutely agree that as the law stands,  every­day New Zealan­ders should be free to con­tribute to polit­i­cal par­ties with­out fear of their name being made public.

Not everyone who comes across private information would resist the temptation to use it, especially if there was the potential to gain from doing so.


Goff sticks gumbooted foot in mouth

June 17, 2011

Jamie Mackay dubbed West Coast dairy farmer Andy Thompson a National Party lackey on the farming Show on Wednesday.

But he later went on to speak about Andy’s quest to find a Labour voter at the Fieldays and said it would be difficult.

He was joking but if ever there was a time for farmers and the wider rural community to support the National Party it is now both because of what it has done in government and what Labour is threatening to do should it win the election.

Sadly, from my point of view, not all farmers understand that. Although many are more likely to support National than members of some other groups, not all of them do.

However, Phil Goff would have helped National’s cause and harmed his own when he stuck his gumbooted-foot in his mouth :

Labour leader Phil Goff has angered industry leaders at the National Agricultural Fieldays by suggesting that Federated Farmers were considered the National Party in gumboots.

The comment was in response to being asked how important the agricultural vote was to Labour, in election year, during his Fieldays visit yesterday.

“In financial terms agriculture is hugely important, in political terms someone once said that Federated Farmers is the National Party in gumboots, it’s always been that way and we have to accept that,” Mr Goff told Waikato Times.

Feds took understandable exception to that:

However that comment hasn’t gone down well with Federated Farmers dairy chairman Lachlan McKenzie who said the organisation was staunchly apolitical.

“We have always said that we will work with whoever is in power it’s very simple,” Mr McKenzie said. “I spoke at a Labour Party conference two years ago and held two workshops which were both full.”

Unlike some unions which are affiliated to and have special, undemocratic privileges in, the Labour Party, Feds is an advocacy group which keeps a respectable distance from party politics.

It works to advance the interests of its members in the knowledge that governments come and governments go and its voice is stronger for not favouring or attaching itself to any party.

Goff could have mended a bridge or two with farmers and got some positive publicity at the Fieldays. Instead he gaffed again with a defensive, and ill-judged quip.


June 17 in history

June 17, 2011

1239 Edward Longshanks, English king, was born (d. 1307).

A man in half figure with short, curly hair and a hint of beard is facing left. He wears a coronet and holds a sceptre in his right hand. He has a blue robe over a red tunic, and his hands are covered by white, embroidered gloves. His left hand seems to be pointing left, to something outside the picture.

1462 – Vlad III the Impaler attempted to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.

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1497 – Battle of Deptford Bridge – forces under King Henry VII defeated troops led by Michael An Gof.

1565  Matsunaga Hisahide assassinated the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.

 

1579  Sir Francis Drake claimed a land he called Nova Albion (modern California) for England.

 

1631 Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spent more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal.

 
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1691 Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect, was born  (d. 1765).

1704 John Kay, English inventor of the flying shuttle, was born  (d. 1780).

 

1773 Cúcuta, Colombia was founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar.

1775 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Bunker Hill.

 

1789  In France, the Third Estate declared itself the National Assembly.

1839 In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issued the Edict of toleration which gave Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands.

1843 The Wiarau Incident: New Zealand Company settlers and Ngati Toa clashed over the ownership of land in the Wairau Valley.

The Wairau incident

1863 Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War.

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1867 Henry Lawson, Australian poet, was born  (d. 1922).

1876 Indian Wars: Battle of the Rosebud – 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook‘s forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana Territory.

1877  Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon – the Nez Perce defeated the US Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.

 

1885 The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbour.

 

1898  The United States Navy Hospital Corps iwa established.

1900 Martin Bormann, Nazi official, was born  (d. 1945).

1901  The College Board introduced its first standardized test.

1910 Aurel Vlaicu performed the first flight of A. Vlaicu nr. 1.

 

1930  U.S. President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.

 

1932  Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amassed at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considered a bill that would give them certain benefits.

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1933 Union Station Massacre: in Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash were gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash.

1939  Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, was guillotined in Versailles.

1940  World War II: Operation Ariel began– Allied troops started to evacuate France, following Germany’s takeover of Paris and most of the nation.

1940 – World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe.

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1940 – World War II: the British Army’s 11th Hussars assaulted and took Fort Capuzzo in Libya from Italian forces.

1940 – The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fell under the occupation of the Soviet Union.

1943 Barry Manilow, American musician, was born.

1944  Iceland declared independence from Denmark and became a republic.

1945 Ken Livingstone, English politician, was born.

1947 Paul Young, English singer and percussionist, was born  (d. 2000).

1948  A Douglas DC-6 carrying United Airlines Flight 624 crashed near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.

 

1950 Lee Tamahori, New Zealand film director, was born.

1953  Workers Uprising: in East Germany, the Soviet Union ordered a division of troops into East Berlin to quell a rebellion.

 

1957 Phil Chevron, Irish musician (The Pogues, The Radiators From Space), was born.

1958  The Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing being built connecting Vancouver and North Vancouver, Canada, collapses into the Burrard Inlet, killing many of the ironworkers and injuring others.

1958  The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, opened.

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1960  The Nez Perce tribe was awarded $4 million for 7 million acres of land undervalued (4 cents/acre) in the 1863 treaty.

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1961  The New Democratic Party of Canada was founded with the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress.

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1963  The United States Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against allowing the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord’s Prayer in public schools.

1963  A day after South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem announced the Joint Communique to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2000 people breaks out, killing one.

1972  Watergate scandal: five White House operatives were arrested for burglary of the offices of the Democratic National Committee

1987  With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow became extinct.

 

1991  Apartheid: the South African Parliament repealed the Population Registration Act, which had required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.

1992  A ‘Joint Understanding’ agreement on arms reduction was signed by U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

1994 O.J. Simpson was arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

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Sourced from NZ history Online & Wikipedia


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