Scandent – climbing; ascending; having climbing habit; characterised by a climbing mode of growth.
A mother took her four teenagers camping.
They pitched their tend, cooked dinner then settled down for the night and went to sleep.
A few hours later, the mother awoke, nudged her offspring and said, “Look up and tell me what you see”.
The elder daughter said, “I see a fantastic panorama of countless stars”.
The mother said, “And what does that tell you?”
The daughter pondered for a moment, then said: “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo.
The middle daughter, not wanting to be outdone piped up and said, “Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three.
The third daughter added her piece, “Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant.”
The youngest daughter said, “Meteorologically, the clear sky signals we’ll have a beautiful day tomorrow. Why? – What does it tell you, Mum?”
The mother was quiet for a moment then said: “Someone has stolen our tent.”
The Green Party continues to isolate itself on the left of the political spectrum:
. . . Since the election, several high profile commentators – including the businessman, Gareth Morgan – have suggested the Greens ditch some of their left-leaning policies. . .
Radio New Zealand invited Mr Morgan to take part in a discussion panel along with the Greens’ co-leader Metiria Turei and her predecessor Jeanette Fitzsimons.
Mr Morgan argued that the Green Party’s stance means they could only ever go into Government with Labour.
“I want to see the environment represented inside the tent. I don’t want the environment to have about a 50 percent chance of being in power.”
The environment is represented in the current government. The BlueGreens are a strong group within the National Party and caucus.
He said many middle-of-the-road voters cared about the environment but won’t vote for the Green Party because of its more left-wing policies.
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says that approach would cost them a significant amount of support.
The failure to moderate the party’s radical left social and economic agenda is costing it support.
The Green Party was one of the losers in last year’s election.
With Labour doing so badly it ought to have picked up support but it didn’t. If it can’t increase it’s vote when Labour is at its nadir then it will have a great deal of difficulty doing it as Labour’s support improves.
“You cannot just isolate one aspect as a silo and expect that that will have an influence across the whole of the programme.”
She said the party’s economic, social, and environmental policies are all interconnected.
“We simply will not and cannot … give up on our value set that recognises ecological wisdom, social justice, and the economy as an opportunity and a tool for improving on both.” . .
The environment, economy and social issues are inter-related but none of them are the preserve of the left.
National has followed a moderate path which has helped foster economic growth and improved social outcomes as well as introducing policies to protect and enhance the environment.
The hard left-wing environmental, economic and social policies the Greens favour are expensive and impractical.
By hampering growth and entrenching dependence they would create more problems than they solve and reduce the ability to afford better environmental protection and enhancement.
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106 BC Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher, was born (d. 43 BC).
1793 Lucretia Mott, American women’s rights activist, was born (d. 1880).
1823 Stephen F. Austin received a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.
1831 Savitribai Phule, social activist, first female teacher in India, and first female poet in Marathi language, was born (d. 1897).
1840 Surveyors arrived in Port Nicholson to lay out plans for the proposed New Zealand Company settlement of Britannia at Pito-one (Petone). When this original site proved unsuitable, the decision was made to relocate across the harbour in a settlement they called Wellington.
1848 – Joseph Jenkins Roberts was sworn in as the first president of the independent African Republic of Liberia.
1870 Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began.
1883 Clement Attlee, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1967).
1887 Helen Parkhurst, American educator, was born (d. 1973).
1892 J. R. R. Tolkien, British writer, was born (d. 1973).
1899 – The first known use of the word automobile, was seen in an editorial in The New York Times.
1909 Victor Borge, Danish entertainer, was born (d. 2000).
1916 Maxene Andrews, American singer (The Andrews Sisters), was born (d. 1995).
1922 Bill Travers, British actor and director, was born (d. 1994).
1923 Charles Tingwell, Australian actor, was born (d. 2009).
1930 – The first New Zealand-made talkie , Coubray-tone News, the work of the inventive Ted Coubray, had its first public screening at Auckland’s Plaza Theatre.
1933 Minnie D. Craig became the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first female to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.
1942 John Thaw, British actor, was born (d. 2002).
1945 Stephen Stills, American musician (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) was born.
1946 John Paul Jones, British musician (Led Zeppelin), was born.
1950 Victoria Principal, American actress, was born.
1956 A fire damaged the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
1956 Mel Gibson, Australian actor and director, was born.
1957 The Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.
1958 The West Indies Federation was formed.
1961 The United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.
1977 Apple Computer was incorporated.
1988 Margaret Thatcher became the longest-serving British Prime Minister in the 20th Century.
1990 Former leader of Panama Manuel Noriega surrendered to American forces.
1999 The Mars Polar Lander was launched.
2004 – Flight 604, a Boeing 737 owned by Flash Airlines, an Egyptian airliner, plunged into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board.
2007 – National Express had its worst coach crash just outside Heathrow Airport.
Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia.