Word of the day

July 28, 2013

 Epicaricacy – schadenfreude; pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.

Rural round-up

July 28, 2013

Macraes project praised – Dene Mackenzie:

Hopes are high the review of Oceana Gold’s operations – particularly of its Macraes gold project – will not cut deeply into the Otago economy.

Otago Chamber of Commerce president Peter McIntyre said yesterday many people in Otago were not aware that such a constructive mining sector operated within the region.

Macraes was estimated to be worth around $100 million annually to the regional economy. . .

Water collectives recommended – Sally Brooker:

Farmers need to continue with collective ventures for better water quality, Federated Farmers says.

The theme of partnership for water progress was discussed by a panel at the federation’s national conference in Ashburton on July 4. Speaking first, former Rotorua-Taupo federation president Neil Heather said collaboration produced ”powerful action”.

He outlined the gains made in cleaning up Lake Rotorua’s water pollution, saying farmers needed to become informed. . .

Fewer cows can mean better profits – Sally Brooker:

The traditional approach to determining stocking rates needs to change, DairyNZ representative Chris Glassey says.

Presenting a paper at the recent South Island Dairy Event at Lincoln University, he said incoming nitrogen limits would force change.

”The optimum stocking rate is never a constant. This paper challenges the belief that more cows means more profit.” . .

Kiwi shearers fleece British opposition in test series – Ruth Grundy:

The two-man New Zealand shearing team has won the British leg of its northern hemisphere series.

Rowland Smith, of Hastings, and Tony Coster, of Rakaia, beat Ulster at the Rickamore Shears in Ireland on July 13,notching up the third win on their four-event 2013 Elders Primary Wool United Kingdom Tour.

The pair opened the UK series a fortnight earlier with a loss to Scotland at Lochearnhead Shears but quickly bounced back with two wins over England. . .

Bee numbers on the rise – Tim Cronshaw:

Commercial bee numbers are on the rise in spite of the varroa mite disease which has plundered wild bee stocks.

Bees in managed hives were hit hard by varroa, but hive treatment has allowed them to withstand the disease and their numbers have grown as demand for honey production and pollinating crops has increased.

Registered beehives are up about 7 per cent to 450,000 from last year and rising since 2005 along with increasing numbers of registered beekeepers.

Federated Farmers North Canterbury chairman Barry Hantz said good prices for manuka honey had encouraged beekeepers to put in more hives, particularly in the North Island. . .

Didymo find ‘gutting’ – Rebecca Fox:

The battle to keep Fiordland didymo-free has been lost.

The invasive algae has been discovered in the remote Large Burn valley.

Western Fiordland was one of the ”last frontiers” to remain free of didymo in the South Island, despite it being originally discovered in the nearby Waiau River in 2004, Department of Conservation freshwater ranger Lyndsay Murray said yesterday.

”It’s pretty gutting really. It’s the first confirmed positive sample of a waterway west of the divide.” . . .

Quiet prayer

July 28, 2013

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Story People by Brian Andreas – if you click on the link you’ll find a place to subscribe to get a whimsical email like this each day.

No need for compulsion

July 28, 2013

Beef + Lamb NZ will be labelling Australian meat so consumers know where it comes from.

That’s a good idea to help consumers make informed choices about what they buy and eat.

But the Green Party are using this to support their campaign for compulsory country of origin labelling (COOL).

Compulsion should be the very last step.

Consumers are letting food retailers and producers know they want to know where their food comes from and more are doing it.

It’s not difficult with single ingredient food and therefore shouldn’t be expensive.

This is the market at work. Consumers are asking for COOL and they’re getting it.

Companies which manufacture local produce are missing an opportunity to make the most of a growing demand for local food if they don’t do it.

As more companies label their food as locally produced it will become obvious that food not so labelled probably isn’t.

It might not be happening as quickly as some would like, but COOL is happening and there’s no need to make it compulsory.

JJ Cale 5.12.38 – 26.7.13

July 28, 2013

JJ Cale, who wrote many of Eric Clapton’s hits has died.

JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26
at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.

The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack.
There are no immediate plans for services.
His history is well documented at JJCale.com, rosebudus.com/cale,
and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back.

Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like,
you can remember him with a donation to your favorite local animal shelter.

His song Cocaine was a hit when I was a student. We used to dance to it without ever thinking about the lyrics and the drug.


Labour policy: whatever

July 28, 2013

The headline says Labour would repeal GCSB law: Shearer.

But read on and you find that’s not quite the policy he’s espousing:

Labour leader David Shearer says the proposed GCSB bill is “bad law” and would be repealed if the party was successful at next year’s election.

However, he said the law would not be rolled back until an independent inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence services was carried out. . .

But he said the bill’s days would be numbered from the moment Labour came to power, were it successful in the next election.

“We would have an independent review and legislation would come out of the review. The current legislation would need to be repealed, modified or whatever.”

Repealed, modified or whatever – what sort of policy is that?

Labour says it won’t vote for the Bill. It must have strong arguments for that stance because unlike the wee parties which know they’ll never lead a government, Labour aspires to do so and knows it can’t play games over security legislation.

It should be quite clear on what it objects to in the Bill and and how to improve it in which case it should have a very clear policy on what it would do.

Repeal, modify or whatever is anything but clear.

It does however, give a good indication of the state Labour’s in.

A party which can’t come up with better policy than whatever isn’t fit to lead the opposition let alone ready to lead a government.

Sunday soapbox

July 28, 2013

Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, to muse or amuse.

Happy Sunday!! TGWM x

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