Which century is this?

February 2, 2016

It’s hard to believe this is happening in the 21st century:

The group Return of Kings – which believes women should be controlled by men – is instructing members to meet in centres around the world including New Zealand.

“Tribal meetings” are being held in 44 international locations on February 6, and Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin are on the list.

American group leader Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh, reportedly believes rape should be legalised on private property. . . 

On Return of Kings’ website, a list of beliefs includes a woman’s value depends on her fertility and beauty, and their emancipation has destroyed the family unit. . . 

Fortunately:

Prime Minister John Key doesn’t think Mr Valizadeh would even be allowed into New Zealand.

“My view is we have a good character test and he wouldn’t meet that good character test.”

If these people believe women should be controlled by men, how will they cope if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency?.


Trump trumped by Cruz

February 2, 2016

Polls showed Donald Trump was the favourite going in to the Iowa primary but he’s been trumped by Senator Ted Cruz.

Mr Cruz, a conservative lawmaker from Texas, won with 28 percent of the vote compared to 24 percent for Mr Trump, according to MSNBC.

Speaking after the results, Mr Trump said he was “honoured” by his second-place finish and congratulated Mr Cruz.

Marco Rubio, a senator from Florida, came in third place with 23 percent.

Democrat Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state, was in a dead heat with rival Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist and a senator from Vermont. . . 

Interesting times.


Word of the day

February 2, 2016

Counterpoise – a factor or force that balances or equally counteracts another; have an opposing and balancing effect on; counterbalance; an equivalent power or force acting in opposition; a state of balance; state of being in equilibrium; a network of wires or other conductors connected to the base of an antenna, used as a substitute for the ground connection; to balance by an opposing weight.


366 days of gratitude

February 2, 2016

If you subscribe to the Otago Daily Times you can get an app which allows you to download a digital edition of the paper each day.

The digital edition is particularly handy when travelling but I often read it at home too because our paper comes with the mail in the afternoon.

You can just subscribe to the digital edition but you need the print edition to do Sudoku and code cracker.

Today I’m grateful that the app lets me read the ODT anywhere, any time, and I have the paper edition to do the puzzles – even though I rarely complete any but the easy Sudokus and am often stumped by the code cracker.


Want to bet . . . UPDATED

February 2, 2016

. . .  that Northland iwi meeting today will decide to not block Prime Minister John Key from Waitangi’s Te Tii Marae on Friday?

After all if he’s not there they lose the opportunity for media attention which is what they really want.

 

UPDATE:

I’m pleased no-one took my bet – Ngāpuhi have decided to block the PM from Te Tii Marae  on Friday.

 


Quote of the day

February 2, 2016

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual). – Ayn Rand who was born on this day in 1905.


February 2 in history

February 2, 2016

962 Pope John XII crowned Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor.

1032 Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor became King of Burgundy.

1536  Pedro de Mendoza founded Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1653  New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) was incorporated.

1709 Alexander Selkirk was rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.

1790 The U.S. Supreme Court convened for the first time.

1812 Russia established a fur trading colony at Fort Ross, California.

1829  William Stanley, inventor and engineer, was born (d. 1909).

1848 Mexican-American War: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed.

1848 California Gold Rush: The first ship with Chinese emigrants arrives in San Francisco, California.

1876 The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs of Major League Baseball was formed.

1880 The first electric street light was installed in Wabash, Indiana.

1882 James Joyce, Irish author, was born (d. 1941).

1882 The Knights of Columbus were formed in New Haven, Connecticut.

1887 In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day was observed.

1899 The Australian Premiers’ Conference decided to locate Australia’s capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne.

1901 Queen Victoria’s funeral took place.

1905 Ayn Rand, Russian-born American author and philosopher, was born (d 1982).

1913 Grand Central Station opened in New York City.

1922 Ulysses by James Joyce was published.

1925 Serum run to Nome: Dog sleds reached Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod race.

1925 – The Charlevoix-Kamouraska earthquake struck northeastern North America.

1931 – Les Dawson, British comedian, was born (d. 1993).

1933 Adolf Hitler dissolved the German Parliament.

1934 The Export-Import Bank of the United States was incorporated.

1935 Leonarde Keeler tested the first polygraph machine.

1939 – A massive fire destroyed the nearly-completed three-storey Social Security building.

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1940 David Jason, English actor, was born.

1940  Frank Sinatra debuted with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra.

1943 – World War II: The Battle of Stalingrad ended as Soviet troops accepted the surrender of 91,000 remnants of the Axis forces.

1946 The Proclamation of Hungarian Republic was made.

1947 Farrah Fawcett, American actress, was born (d. 2009).

1948 Al McKay, American guitarist and songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), was born.

1957 Iskander Mirza of Pakistan laid the foundation-stone of the Guddu Barrage.

1967 The American Basketball Association was formed.

1971 Idi Amin replaced President Milton Obote as leader of Uganda.

1974 The men’s 1500-metre final at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games was called the greatest middle distance race of all time. Tanzanian Filbert Bayi won in a new world record time of 3 minutes 32.16 seconds. New Zealand’s emerging middle distance star John Walker came second, also breaking the existing world record. The remarkable feature of this race was the fact that the third, fourth (New Zealander Rod Dixon) and fifth place getters ran the fourth, fifth, and seventh fastest 1500m times to that date. The national records of five countries – Tanzania, Kenya, Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand – were all broken in this race.

‘The greatest middle distance race of all time’

1974 The F-16 Fighting Falcon flew for the first time.

1976 The Groundhog Day gale hits the north-eastern United States and south-eastern Canada.

1987 The Philippines made a new constitution.

1989 Soviet war in Afghanistan: The last Soviet Union armored column left Kabul.

1989 Satellite television service Sky Television plc launched.

1990  F.W. de Klerk allowed the African National Congress to function legally and promised to release Nelson Mandela.

1998 A Cebu Pacific Flight 387 DC-9-32 crashed into a mountain near Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, killing 104.

2002 Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange married Máxima Zorreguieta.

2007 Four tornadoes hit Central Florida, killing 21 people.

2007 – Widespread flooding in Jakarta, began, eventually killing 54 and causing more than US$400 million in damages.

2009  – The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe devalued the Zimbabwean dollarfor the third and final time, making Z$1 trillion now only Z$1 of the new currency (this is equivalent to Z$10 septillion before the first devaluation).

2012  – The ferry MV Rabaul Queen sank off the coast of Papua New Guinea near the Finschhafen District, with an estimated 300 people missing.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia


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