Dictatory – dictorial; of or typical of a ruler with total power; having or showing an autocratic manner; of, relating to, or ruled by a dictator; appropriate to, or characteristic of, a dictator; inclined to dictate or command; imperious; overbearing.
‘The water wars’: A council’s proposal ruptures a divided heartland – Charlie Mitchell:
The Government won’t back it but an irrigation project that comes with a storage pond bigger than a nearby local town “is going to happen”. Charlie Mitchell reports on the fight for the Hurunui Water Project.
He would normally be here at this town meeting, the towering merino farmer who goes to every school gala, every public meeting in this sprawling region.
But Winton Dalley, the popular mayor of this district, is not here, because he is conflicted. So is Marie Black, the deputy mayor; so is Nicky Anderson, the new councillor who used to run the medical centre.
They don’t hear the arguments ringing through the Waikari community hall, where there’s shouting and swearing and scolding for the swearing, even though that’s how people here talk. . .
Compensation process ‘quite appalling’ – Sally Rae:
Ken Wheeler describes the way he has been treated by the Ministry for Primary Industries as “quite appalling”and he feels for those Mycoplasma bovis-affected farmers about to go through the same process.
Despite not having a positive test to the bacterial disease, the Hillgrove farmer was ordered to slaughter 147 animals.
Now he is fighting to get what he believes is fair compensation for those animals and he has sympathy for the owners of the 22,300 cattle scheduled for impending slaughter.
“These poor guys coming behind us … need to be made aware of how MPI treats you,” Mr Wheeler said. . .
More testing tighter controls needed in fight – Toni WIlliams:
Farming Mycoplasma bovis out of the system is one way of getting rid of the infection, Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers dairy chairman Nathan Currie says.
But it will involve more farm management, ongoing testing and tighter stock control.
Mr Currie’s comments come as the Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) confirmed a cull of more than 22,000 cattle could start as scientific testing and tracking confirmed the disease was not endemic.
MPI also confirmed another Mid Canterbury property was infected with Mycoplasma bovis, taking the number of infected properties in the district to four. . .
Overseas workers flock to New Zealand’s shearing jobs, kiwis not interested – Richard Gavigan:
Shearing contractors have struggled to shear sheep on time this season, despite a dream run with the weather in most parts of New Zealand.
Staff shortages have been the big problem, and Shearing Contractors Association president and Winton-based shearing contractor Jamie McConachie is concerned this may continue.
“We’ve had pretty much a dream run weather-wise in most places this season, with long fine spells,” McConachie said.
“But it’s been a really tough few months – hard to keep to schedule and get to sheds on time – because we’ve seen a noticeable decrease in the number of good shearers, woolhandlers and pressers available. . .
The case for sustainable meat – Keir Watson:
I. Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
Meat, we are told, is bad for the planet. It causes global warming, destroys forests, diverts substantial proportions of the world’s grain for feed, all to produce meat which only wealthy Westerners can afford. The iniquity of the situation led George Monbiot to declare in 2002 that “Veganism is the only ethical response to what is arguably the world’s most urgent social justice issue.” Monbiot later recanted but, since then, we are told with increasing regularity that to save the planet we must radically reduce our consumption of meat. In the face of what seems to be universal agreement on the sins of meat eating, is there really a green argument for meat? I think there is, and I think we should be talking about it. Not only is the public discourse heavily one-sided, but the anti-meat message risks destroying the very environment is claims to be protecting.
Let’s start with one of the most repeated statistics used to argue for reduced meat consumption: the claim that 100,000 litres of water are required to produce each kilo of beef – which is a staggering 1000 times more than what is needed to produce a single kilo of wheat. . .
Today, more people are living healthy, productive lives than ever before. This good news may come as a surprise, but there is plenty of evidence for it. Since the early 1990s, global child mortality has been cut in half. There have been massive reductions in cases of tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. The incidence of polio has decreased by 99 percent, bringing the world to the verge of eradicating a major infectious disease, a feat humanity has accomplished only once before, with smallpox. The proportion of the world’s population in extreme poverty, defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.90 per day, has fallen from 35 percent to about 11 percent.
Continued progress is not inevitable, however, and a great deal of unnecessary suffering and inequity remains. By the end of this year, five million children under the age of five will have died—mostly in poor countries and mostly from preventable causes. Hundreds of millions of other children will continue to suffer needlessly from diseases and malnutrition that can cause lifelong cognitive and physical disabilities. And more than 750 million people—mostly rural farm families in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia—still live in extreme poverty, according to World Bank estimates. The women and girls among them, in particular, are denied economic opportunity. . .
When I saw these posts on Facebook I wondered if it was a belated April Fools’ Joke.
It’s not a joke.
The Labour-NZ First-Green government really is wasting their time and our money on a Bill that would dictate who can call themselves a teacher.
For the record teacher is defined as: a person who teaches, especially in a school; one who imparts knowledge to or instructs as to how to do something, or causes (someone) to learn or understand something by example.
You can submit on this lunacy here until midnight tonight.
Although given it’s obvious the monkeys have taken over the asylum it’s probably not worth the effort.
Teletext gets my thanks for posing Thursday’s questions which proved too hard for anyone to even attempt.
There’s a virtual peach and apple crumble waiting to be claimed for stumping us all by leaving the answers below.
Some days the hill seems steeper.
Given I can’t believe that someone sneaks out and increases the gradient, I have to accept that some days it’s not the hill but me.
Today was one of the days it seemed steeper, but when I got to the top I found it had taken around 30 seconds less time than it had yesterday.
The lesson in that is that although some days the hill seems steeper, I can still get up it faster which feels good and I’m grateful for that.
A friend who has a horticulture business estimates the government’s ban on further offshore oil and gas exploration will add around half a million dollars a year to his costs of production.
That comes on top of a similar amount more he’ll be paying for labour with the increases to the minimum wage.
He might be able to absorb some of the increased costs but will have to pass on at least some of the increase.
Food in New Zealand is already expensive. Government policies will make it even more expensive and will also lead to job losses.
Adding extra costs for green wash is economic vandalism for no environmental gain.
The Government’s decision to ban gas and petroleum exploration is economic vandalism that makes no environmental sense, National MPs Jonathan Young and Todd Muller says.
“This decision will ensure the demise of an industry that provides over 8000 high paying jobs and $2.5 billion for the economy,” Energy and Resources Spokesperson Jonathan Young says.
“Without exploration there will be no investment in oil and gas production or the downstream industries. That means significantly fewer jobs.
“This decision is devoid of any rationale. It certainly has nothing to do with climate change. These changes will simply shift production elsewhere in the world, not reduce emissions.
“Gas is used throughout New Zealand to ensure security of electricity supply to every home in New Zealand. Our current reserves will last less than ten years – when they run out we will simply have to burn coal instead, which means twice the emissions.
“The Government says that existing wells will continue but that’s code for winding the sector down.
Climate Change Spokesperson Todd Muller says the decision makes no sense – environmentally or economically – because less gas production means more coal being burnt and higher carbon emissions.
“Many overseas countries depend on coal for energy production. Those CO2 emissions would halve if they could switch to natural gas while they transition to renewable energy.
“By stopping New Zealand’s gas exploration we are turning our backs on an opportunity to help reduce global emissions while providing a major economic return to improve our standard of living and the environment.
“We need to reduce global CO2 emissions. But there is no need to put an entire industry and thousands of New Zealanders’ jobs at risk.”
Mr Young says the Government’s decision today is another blow to regional New Zealand, and Taranaki in particular.
“It comes hot on the heels of big decisions that reduce roading expenditure, cancel irrigation funding, and discourage international investment in the regions.
“This is simply Jacinda Ardern destroying an industry in the cause of a political slogan pushed by Greenpeace.”
You can sign a petition against this economic vandalism for no economic gain here.
When oil and gas are mentioned, we think of fuel for vehicles.
Filling up at the gas station is certainly one of the ways to use oil that is most familiar to us. But guess what: of all the oil we use, only 43 per cent goes to fueling our cars.
Given this, can we seriously consider ending our “dependence on oil”, as some would suggest? Someone who wants to stop using oil will have to say goodbye to smart phones, ballpoint pens, candlelight, clothing made of synthetic fibers, glasses, toothpaste, tires (including those on bicycles), and thousands of other products made from plastic, a petroleum derivative.
Good luck with that program.
Problem is, the anti-oil discourse so demonized this resource that we came to forget the many benefits conferred by its use. Oil and its derivatives have improved living conditions in Western industrialized societies, as the list quoted above quite clearly demonstrates, but also worldwide. In Africa, for example, earthenware jars used to transport water have been replaced by plastic jars, which are much lighter, providing some relief to women who have to carry out this task.
What’s more, some of these products shaping everyday life are designed locally. That’s the case for Eska water bottles or Kraft mayonnaise recipients, manufactured in Montreal. So much so that a high-technology sector has emerged around Montreal refineries over the years, providing quality jobs for more than 3,600 workers. . .
Like other greenwash, the anti-oil movement has gained traction based on half-truths and emotion.
Like other greenwash, the government’s decision to ban offshore exploration will come at a high economic and social cost with no environmental gain.
Like other green wash the ban is about doing something, not doing the right thing,
Excellent wine generates enthusiasm. And whatever you do with enthusiasm is generally successful. – Philippe de Rothschild who was born on this day in 1902.
1111 – Henry V was crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
1250 The Seventh Crusade was defeated in Egypt, Louis IX of France was captured.
1570 Guy Fawkes, English Catholic conspirator, was born (d. 1606).
1598 Henry IV of France issued the Edict of Nantes, allowing freedom of religion to the Huguenots.
1742 George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah made its world-premiere in Dublin.
1743 Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, was born (d. 1826).
1796 The first elephant ever seen in the United States arrived from India.
1808 Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor, was born (d. 1889).
1829 – The Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829 gave Roman Catholics in the United Kingdom the right to vote and to sit in Parliament.
1849 Hungary became a republic.
1852 F.W. Woolworth, American businessman, was born (d. 1919).
1861 American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrendered to Confederate forces.
1866 Butch Cassidy, American outlaw, was born (d. 1908).
1868 The Abyssinian War ended as British and Indian troops captured Magdala.
1870 The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded.
1873 The Colfax Massacre took place.
1892 Arthur Travers ‘Bomber’ Harris, British Air Force commander, was born (d. 1984).
1891 – Maurice Buckley, Australian sergeant, Victoria Cross recipient, was born (d. 1921).
1892 – Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, Scottish inventor, was born (d. 1973).
1894 – Sir Arthur Fadden, thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1973).
1896 The National Council of Women was formed in Christchurch.
1902– James C. Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
1902 Philippe de Rothschild, French race car driver and wine grower, was born (d. 1988).
1906 Samuel Beckett, Irish writer, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1989).
1919 The Establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.
1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre: British troops massacred at least 379 unarmed demonstrators in Amritsar, India. At least 1200 wounded.
1919 Eugene V. Debs entered prison at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia for speaking out against the draft during World War I.
1920 Liam Cosgrave, fifth Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, was born.
1921 Foundation of the Spanish Communist Workers’ Party.
1923 Don Adams, American actor and comedian, was born (d. 2005).
1926 – John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough, English businessman, was born (d. 2014).
1931 Jon Stone, co-creator of Sesame Street, was born (d. 1997).
1939 In India, the Hindustani Lal Sena (Indian Red Army) was formed and vows to engage in armed struggle against the British.
1941 – Len Cook, New Zealand-English mathematician and statistician, was born.
1941 – Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan was signed.
1943 World War II: The discovery of a mass grave of Polish prisoners of war executed by Soviet forces in the Katyń Forest Massacre was announced, alienating the Western Allies, the Polish government in exile in London, from the Soviet Union.
1943 James Boarman, Fred Hunter, Harold Brest and Floyd G. Hamilton took part in an attempt to escape from Alcatraz .
1943 The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’ss birth.
1944 Diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Soviet Union were established.
1945 Judy Nunn, Australian actress, was born.
1945 German troops killed more than 1,000 political and military prisoners in Gardelegen.
1945 – World War II: Soviet and Bulgarian forces captured Vienna.
1948 The Hadassah medical convoy massacre: In an ambush, 79 Jewish doctors, nurses and medical students from Hadassah Hospital and a British soldier are massacred by Arabs in Sheikh Jarra near Jerusalem.
1949 Christopher Hitchens, English-born journalist, critic, and author, was born (d. 2011).
1953 CIA director Allen Dulles launched the mind-control programMKULTRA.
1956 Peter ‘Possum’ Bourne, New Zealand rally driver, was born (d. 2003).
1969 Closure of the Brisbane tramway network.
1970 An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 exploded, endangering the crew and causing major damage to the spacecraft en route to the Moon.
1974 – Western Union (in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft) launches the United States’ first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1.
1975 Bus Massacre in Lebanon: Attack by the Phalangist resistance killed 26 militia members of the P.F.L. of Palestine, marking the start of the 15-year Lebanese Civil War.
1976 The United States Treasury Department reintroduced the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note on Thomas Jefferson’s 233rd birthday as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration.
1983 Harold Washington was elected as the first African-American mayor of Chicago.
1987 Portugal and the People’s Republic of China sign an agreement in which Macau would be returned to China in 1999.
1992 The Great Chicago Flood.
1997 Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to win The Masters Tournament.
2009 – The world’s longest webcomic, Homestuck, officially began.
2014 – A bus traveling from Villahermosa to Mexico City crashed into a tractor-trailer and caught fire, killing at least 36 people.
2017 – The US dropped the largest ever non-nuclear weapon on Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia