Word of the day

March 18, 2013

Eschatological – of, relating to, dealing with or regarding the ultimate destiny of mankind and the world; a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind; a belief concerning death, the end of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humankind.

Hat tip: Chris Auckinvole via Toby Manhire.


This is water pollution

March 18, 2013

More than 12,000 dead pigs have been found in Chinese rivers.

Nearly 9,000 dead pigs were fished out of the Huangpu river in Shanghai, and 3,600 others from rivers and lakes in Jiaxing, with the search continuing in both cities, ‘The South China Morning Post’ quoted government sources as saying.

Authorities have also found traces of a common pig virus in some of the animals floating in the Huangpu River this week.

I am not suggesting this excuses any water pollution elsewhere but it does put our problems in to perspective.


Invasion of the broccoli snatchers

March 18, 2013

My garden has been invaded.

I suspect the culprits were white butterflies.

What do I do next time to deter them?

broccoli


Stewardship

March 18, 2013

Quote of the day from Q+A:

CORIN            And are you confident there will be much better decision-making, that these MOM companies, in general, are going to have better board making decisions?
 
BILL                I think mixed-ownership companies will, but there’s a real challenge for government with the lessons from Solid Energy. When you look ahead, the companies that the government will own all have their challenges – NZ Post with the shrinking postal market, TVNZ and the digital media environment, a coal company if there is still a coal company. And we are going to have to change the way we work with these companies to ensure that we don’t lose taxpayers’ money. Because the taxpayers’ money in these companies doesn’t come out of the sky; it comes from the PAYE and the GST paid by NZ households. And we have a strong responsibility for the stewardship of that money.

How good it is to have a Finance Minister who understands where the money comes from.


Drought “kind of snuck up on us”

March 18, 2013

It’s only Monday but it would be difficult to beat this from Dr Raymond Miller on Q+A yesterday for the stupidest comment of the week:

Admittedly, the drought kind of snuck up on us, to a certain extent, and I think the fact that the minister responsible for agriculture happened to be in Latin America for nearly two weeks when farmers were crying out for help suggests that the government may not have anticipated what was happening.

Droughts don’t sneak up.

Farmers, their advocacy groups, weather watchers, local, central government politicians and all the people who’ve noticed just how good summer has been for recreation and those with even a passing interest in current events are only too aware that there hasn’t been nearly enough rain for months.

As for the comment about the government and the Minister.

The government will be getting constant updates on the weather and will be in no doubt about its impacts on farmers and the people who service and supply them directly; provincial towns and cities and the economy as a whole.

He knew how dry it was before he went and that it was likely to get worse while he was away. He would have been only too well aware of what was happening – or when it comes to rain – not happening back in New Zealand and ensuring anything the Ministry of Primary Industries could have been doing was being done.

Jamie Mackay asked Barry Soper on the Farming Show whether the Minister should have stayed home.

He said he was far better occupied opening doors and making the most of opportunities in South America, that he was on top of what was happening in New Zealand bud didn’t need to be here.


20mls

March 18, 2013

The drizzle about which I was not very appreciative yesterday morning turned into real rain later in the day.

We’ve had a very welcome 20mls and it’s drizzling again.


Rain

March 18, 2013

“Anyone who doesn’t appreciate a rainy day isn’t a farmer or a gardener,” she said.

“Or maybe they just like cricket,” he said.


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