No case for mass medication but . . .


Scientists have discovered a drug which reduces racism:

A common heart disease drug may have the unusual side-effect of combating   racism, a new study suggests.

Volunteers given the beta-blocker, used to treat chest pains and lower heart   rates, scored lower on a standard psychological test of “implicit” racist   attitudes.

They appeared to be less racially prejudiced at a subconscious level than   another group treated with a “dummy” placebo pill.

Scientists believe the discovery can be explained by the fact that racism is   fundamentally founded on fear.

Propranolol acts both on nerve circuits that govern automatic functions such   as heart rate, and the part of the brain involved in fear and emotional  responses. The drug is also used to treat anxiety and panic.

This finding doesn’t provide a case for mass medication but imagine if the elimination of ignorance and stupidity could be achieved by prescribing a pill.

Hone doesn’t get it


Hone Harawira has written an open letter to overseas investors warning them off buying shares in any State Owned Enterprises.

He doesn’t get it.

The partial float of a few energy companies provides a wonderful opportunity to Iwi who are the ultimate long-term investors.

It also provides a far safer option for individual investment than finance companies.

But he’d rather look back, stay mired in grievance and foster dependence.

For want of a shipment . . .


He was shopping for jandals in January.

The shop assistant said if he bought a pair of this brand he’d get a second pair free.

He asked why.

The shop assistant replied they’d been on a ship which ought to have been unloaded a couple of months earlier but didn’t because of the Ports of Auckland strikes.

For want of that shipment the store’s opportunity to sell jandals in late spring and early summer was lost. When the shipment finally arrived the jandal-buying season was waning so the store was forced to offer a two for the price of one deal to get rid of them.

This is just one business of many that last opportunities, and money, because of the strikes.

March 9 in history


141 BC Liu Che, posthumously known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumed the throne over the Han Dynasty of China.

1230 AD – Bulgarian tsar Ivan Asen II defeated Theodore of Epirus in the Battle of Klokotnitsa.

1276  Augsburg became an Imperial Free City.

1500 The fleet of Pedro Alvares Cabral left Lisbon for the Indies.

1566 David Rizzio, the private secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots was murdered.

1765 After a campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerated Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son may have actually committed suicide.

1796 Napoléon Bonaparte married his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais.

1841 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that captive Africans who had seized control of the ship carrying them had been taken into slavery illegally.

1842 Giuseppe Verdi‘s third opera Nabucco receives its première performance in Milan.

1847 Mexican-American War: The first large-scale amphibious assault in U.S. history was launched in the Siege of Veracruz

1862  The USS Monitor and CSS Virginia fought to a draw in the Battle of Hampton Roads, the first fight between two ironclad warships.

1892 Vita Sackville-West, English writer and gardener, was born  (d. 1962).

1896 Prime Minister Francesco Crispi resigned following the Italian defeat at the Battle of Adowa.

1910  Westmoreland County Coal Strike, involving 15,000 coal miners began.

1916 Pancho Villa led nearly 500 Mexican raiders in an attack against Columbus, New Mexico.

1918 Mickey Spillane, American writer, was born (d. 2006).

1925  Pink’s War: The first Royal Air Force operation conducted independently of the British Army or Royal Navy began.

1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt submitted the Emergency Banking Act to the Congress, the first of his New Deal policies.

1934 Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut and the first human in space, was born (d. 1968).

1947 Keri Hulme, New Zealand writer, was born.


1954 Bobby Sands, IRA member, was born (d. 1981).

1956 Soviet military suppressesed mass demonstrations in the Georgian SSR, reacting to Khrushchev’s de-Stalinization policy.

1956, Opononi George or Opo, also known as the ‘gay dolphin’, died.

Death of Opo the friendly dolphin

1957 A magnitude 8.3 earthquake in the Andreanof Islands, Alaska triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami causing extensive damage to Hawaii and Oahu.

1959 The Barbie doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

1963 David Pogue, Technology columnist and musician, was born.

1967 Trans World Airlines Flight 553, a Douglas DC-9-15, crashed in a field in Concord Township, Ohio following a mid-air collision with a Beechcraft Baron, killing 26.

1976 – Forty-two people died in the 1976 Cavalese cable-car disaster, the worst cable-car accident to date.

1977 The Hanafi Muslim Siege: In a thirty-nine hour standoff, armed Hanafi Muslims seized three Washington, D.C., buildings, killing two and taking 149 hostage.

1989 A strike forced financially-troubled Eastern Air Lines into bankruptcy.

1990 Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in as Surgeon General of the United States, becoming the first female and Hispanic American to serve in that position.

1991 Massive demonstrations were held against Slobodan Milošević in Belgrade. Two people were killed.

1997  Observers in China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia were treated to a rare double feature as an eclipse permitted Comet Hale-Bopp to be seen during the day.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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