365 days of gratitude


Can I help? Three little words said with meaning and followed up by action for which I’m very grateful.

Word of the day


Wibble – wobble, quiver; speak or write vaguely or at great length; to be overwhelmed by emotion and take on a childish expression with a quivering lips and chin; meaningless or content-free chatter in a discussion; drivel, babble.

5 good questions


Energy Voice has five good questions the government should answer before passing the oil and gas ban:

1. Where exactly are the new, high tech, well-paid jobs going to come from to replace those jobs lost in the oil and natural gas sector?

Buzzwords like innovation and leading-edge sound great on a Wellington whiteboard but real people are losing good jobs right now – for no environmental or any other gain.

Taranaki has prospered from oil and natural gas, but the ban ends any hope for Southland, Otago and South Canterbury getting the same opportunity.

2. Where is the Government going to find the $8 billion dollars to replace the lost royalties and revenue missed from ending oil and gas exploration, and eventually production?

That $8 billion could do a lot of good on things like hospitals, schools or the environment. What extra taxes and special climate levies will be needed to make up for the lost $8 billion?

3. How does the exploration ban stop imported oil and gas making up the lost NZ production?

Oil and natural gas make up 60% of New Zealand’s energy use. The exploration ban does nothing to reduce that 60% so we are going to keep using oil and natural gas for a long time.

If we don’t produce that fuel ourselves, we will just have to import it.

4. Why has the government ignored its own officials’ advice that the exploration halt will actually increase global emissions?

Ending exploration was supposed to be about stopping global carbon emissions, not increasing them. Did they take advice from Greenpeace instead?

5. How exactly is New Zealand showing ‘global leadership’?

The rest of the world is still searching for new energy sources.

Only three other counties have banned oil and natural gas exploration – and they’re all connected to international natural gas pipelines.

Aren’t we sending jobs, people and investors overseas and simply making New Zealand poorer as a result?

The exploration ban is greenwash at its worst – a policy that purports to be better for the environment but is the antithesis of sustainability.

It will have high economic, environmental and social costs.

Quote of the day


Give us that grand word ‘woman’ once again, and let’s have done with ‘lady’; one’s a term full of fine force, strong, beautiful, and firm, fit for the noblest use of tongue or pen; and one’s a word for lackeys. Ella Wheeler Wilcox who was born out his day in

November 5 in history


1338  Ly Anh Tong was enthroned as emperor of Vietnam at the age of two, starting a 37-year reign.

1499   Publication of the Catholicon, the first Breton dictionary as well as the first French dictionary.

1530   The St. Felix’s Flood destroyed the city of Reimerswaal in the Netherlands.

1605   Gunpowder Plot: A conspiracy led by Robert Catesby to blow up the English Houses of Parliament was thwarted when Sir Thomas Knyvet, a justice of the peace, found Guy Fawkes in a cellar below the House of Lords.

1688  Glorious Revolution began: William of Orange landed at Brixham.

1743  Coordinated scientific observations of the transit of Mercury were organized by Joseph-Nicolas Delisle.

1757  Seven Years’ War: Frederick the Great defeated the allied armies of France and the Holy Roman Empire at the Battle of Rossbach.

1768   Treaty of Fort Stanwix, to adjust the boundary line between Indian lands and white settlements set forth in the Proclamation of 1763 in the Thirteen Colonies.

1780   French-American forces under Colonel LaBalme were defeated by Miami Chief Little Turtle.

1831  Nat Turner, American slave leader, was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death.

1838   The Federal Republic of Central America began to disintegrate when Nicaragua separated from the federation.

1850  Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author and poet, was born (d. 1919).

1854   Crimean War: The Battle of Inkerman.

1862 Indian Wars: In Minnesota, 303 Dakota warriors were found guilty of rape and murder of whites and were sentenced to hang.

1872   In defiance of the law, suffragist Susan B. Anthony voted for the first time, and is later fined $100.

1881 – Attack on pacifist settlement at Parihaka.

Attack on pacifist settlement at Parihaka

1895   George B. Selden was granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.

1911  – Italy annexed Tripoli and Cyrenaica.

1911 Roy Rogers, American actor, was born (d. 1998).

1913 – Battle of Featherston Street – crowds of strike supporters clashed with more than 800 mounted special constables – ‘Massey’s Cossacks’.

Battle of Featherston Street

1913   King Otto of Bavaria was deposed by his cousin, Prince Regent Ludwig, who assumed the title Ludwig III.

1913  Vivien Leigh, English actress, was born (d. 1967).

1916   The Kingdom of Poland was proclaimed by the Act of November 5th.

1916  The Everett Massacre in Everett, Washington as political differences led to a shoot-out between the Industrial Workers of the World organisers and local police.

1917   October Revolution: In Tallinn, Estonia, Communist leader Jaan Anvelt led revolutionaries in overthrowing the Provisional Government (As Estonia and Russia were still using the Julian Calendar, subsequent period references show an October 23 date).

1917  St. Tikhon of Moscow was elected the Patriarch of Moscow and of the Russian Orthodox Church.

1921  Princess Fawzia of Egypt, Queen of Iran, was born.

1931   Ike Turner, American musician, was born (d. 2007).

1937   Adolf Hitler held a secret meeting and stated his plans for acquiring “living space” for the German people.

1940   Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to a third term as President of the United States.

1941  Art Garfunkel, American musician, was born.

1942   The Second Battle of El Alamein was won by the British Allies.

1963  Tatum O’Neal, American actress, was born.

1967   The Hither Green rail crash killed 49 people. The survivors included Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.

1968   United States presidential election, 1968: Republican Richard Nixon won the American presidency.

1983   Byford Dolphin diving bell accident killed five and leaves one severely injured.

1986   USS RentzUSS Reeves and USS Oldendorf visited Qingdao (Tsing Tao) China — the first US Naval visit to China since 1949.

1987   Govan Mbeki was released from custody after serving 24 years of a life sentence for terrorism and treason.

1990   Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the far-right Kach movement, was shot dead after a speech in New York.

1995   André Dallaire attempted to assassinate Prime Minister Jean Chrétien of Canada. He is thwarted when the Prime Minister’s wife locked the door.

1996   President of Pakistan Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari dismissed the government of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and dissolved the National Assembly of Pakistan.

2006   Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar were sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi’as in 1982.

2007   China’s first lunar satellite, Chang’e 1 went into orbit around the Moon.

2009   US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly killed 13 and wounded 30 at Fort Hood, Texas in the largest mass shooting ever at a US military installation.

2011 – Bank Transfer Day and a hatred of for-profit banks following a bank-caused economic collapse prompted more than 2.2 million Americans to switch to a not-for-profit credit union in order to punish bankers.

2013 – India launched the Mars Orbiter Mission, its first interplanetary probe.

2015 – An iron ore tailings dam burst in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais flooding a valley, causing mudslides in the nearby village of Bento Rodrigues and causing up to 9 deaths and 19 missing.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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