Drawcansir – a blustering, bullying fellow; a bully.
Gas compromise won’t be enough – Neal Wallace:
It appears the Government has compromised in the treatment of biological and long-lived greenhouse gases but a farming leader warns it is too early to break out the champagne.
Pressure from coalition partners is said to have forced Climate Change Minister James Shaw to agree to separate greenhouse gas reduction targets but Federated Farmers vice-president Andrew Hoggard says the new levels appear to ignore the views of scientists and studies.
Those studies claim that because methane is short lived in the atmosphere, cutting emissions rather than eliminating it will reduce global warming.
Hoggard declined to release the targets he has heard saying they are not official but says it appears the Government has fallen well short of the advice. . .
Robots take charge – Sonita Chandar:
It is 2am and though it is pitch-black a small mob of cows is strolling toward the cowshed – it is their third visit in one day.
They are the cows that somehow just know a new is paddock available and the only way to get there is through the shed.
They are what Auckland farmer Brian Yates refers to as hoons.
“Some girls hoon around the three-way grazing system like three-year-olds on red fizzy, arriving at each new break as it becomes available and getting up to three milkings per day. . .
Joint opportunity – Sheryl Brown:
Cam and Jess Lea have earned the respect of their neighbours to the point that four farming couples have backed them financially into their first sharemilking position after their second year in the industry. Sheryl Brown reports.
Four Opotiki neighbouring couples have backed Cam and Jess Lea into their first sharemilking business, holding 16% equity share apiece. Andrew and Kelly Clarke, Dave and Nat Wilson, Rob and Moira Anstis, and Colin and Maria Eggleton are all born and bred in Opotiki and knew a good investment when they saw one.
Cam, 28, and Jess, 27, sold their house, their nice vehicle and their boat to put $75,000 into the equity partnership and borrowed the rest to buy the Jersey herd that was already on the farm. . .
Collins family’s long history of dairying – Julia Evans:
The Collins family celebrated 150 years of farming in Springston on Saturday. Julia Evans speaks to Murray Collins about his family who have lived and worked the land and their roots in the newspaper industry.
There’s Murray and Judy, their daughter Jenny and grandchildren Elsie, Henry and Leila.
Those are the three generations of the Collins family currently living on Springston’s Pendah Farm, which has celebrated 150 years of operation.
But before them there was William, Walter, Leslie and Jack Collins.
William was a typographer who sailed to New Zealand from the United Kingdom in 1850, after working for the London Morning Post.
Though he did not settle in Canterbury. . .
The National Party is calling on the Government to fund potentially lifesaving research into preventing rural fires, National’s Research, Science and Innovation spokesperson Parmjeet Parmar says.
“Crown Research Institute Scion, which specialises in forestry science, is involved in creating a new fire spread model and investigating new extreme fire prevention methods.
This includes developing new response technologies to prevent and suppress extreme fires,” Dr Parmar says.
“I’m calling on the Government to give Scion the security it needs of $3 million a year so it can continue research and come up with new models to suppress wildfires. This research has previously come from contestable funds but there is no security with that funding. . .
Cows and climate change: A closer look – Andre Mayer:
The extent to which meat production contributes to climate change is hotly contested. We highlighted some of the concernsin our last issue, but heard from some readers who felt it didn’t convey the full picture.
Earlier this year, when U.S. congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez first started promoting the Green New Deal — the Democratic proposal to mobilize government to address climate change and income inequality — she made comments about the significant impact of “cow farts” on carbon emissions.
That concerned Frank Mitloehner, an esteemed animal science professor at the University of California, Davis, who tweeted at AOC, telling the rookie lawmaker that “meat/milk” was only responsible for four per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. . .
Will we have enough information to vote intelligently in the referendum on cannabis?:
A Cabinet Paper leaked to National which will be considered by the Government tomorrow shows New Zealand will head into the recreational marijuana referendum with many unanswered questions, National’s Drug Reform spokesperson Paula Bennett says.
“Cabinet will tomorrow consider four different options for the referendum but no matter which option it choses, there are huge holes.
“The Cabinet Paper is clear that smoking marijuana when you’re under the age of 25 is detrimental for development of the brain, and yet it recommends that the legal age should be 20. The legal age seems to have been plucked out of thin air.
“The paper acknowledges that regular marijuana use increases the risk of developing depression, psychosis and schizophrenia and is especially harmful to those under 25-years-old. It also acknowledges that there is a one in six chance of young people becoming dependent. This would result in further demand for mental health services.
“There is no mention about what level of tax will be imposed on marijuana, will it be the same as tobacco and alcohol? Will it really get rid of the illicit market if it’s taxed at 40 or 50 per cent? Will a much higher tax rate be needed if they will test 10 per cent of the product to ensure THC levels are low?
“The Government hasn’t identified any budget for ensuring the public knows about the pros and cons of legalisation in the lead up to the referendum. Given how much this would impact our communities, New Zealanders need to know what they are voting for.
“Only one of the options being considered will give New Zealanders some certainty about what they’re voting for – the other options will mean a huge lack of information.
“Every option takes us straight to legalisation instead of decriminalisation. Many other countries consider decriminalisation first before leaping straight to legalisation.
“National understands that as usual with this Government, the coalition has been unable to reach a consensus and the decision around which option they will choose has been holding up the process.
“The problem with that is there isn’t time for yet more coalition disagreements on an issue this important.”
The options being considered are:
• A general question consistent with the undertaking in the Confidence and Supply agreement: “Do you support legalising the personal use of recreational cannabis?” This would not be accompanied by any legal framework or other policy decisions and it would be left to a subsequent Parliament to determine what to do in the event of a ‘yes’ vote.
• A questions referring to a specific policy framework document setting out the basic principles of what legalisation for personal use of recreational cannabis in New Zealand would entail: “Do you support legalising recreational cannabis in accordance with [published policy document]?” A ‘yes’ vote would result in the duly elected government and Parliament having some moral imperative, but no obligation, to enact law changes consistent with that policy document;
• A question referring to draft legislation that outlines the regulatory model for cannabis: ‘Do you support legalising the personal use of recreational cannabis in accordance with [published draft legislation]?” Similar to option 2, a ‘yes’ vote would result in the duly elected government and Parliament having some moral imperative, but no obligation, to enact the legislation.
• A question referring to legislation already enacted but conditional on an affirmative vote on the referendum: “Do you support legalising recreational cannabis in accordance with the [Drug Reform] Act 20XX?” A ‘yes’ vote would trigger the legislation coming into effect.
Brexit shows the dangers of a referendum when people neither know exactly what they’re voting for nor understand the consequences.
This leaked paper raises serious questions about the questions and whether or not we’ll know enough to make a fully informed vote.
There’s also the question of who leaked the paper and why?
Is it someone who is unhappy about this particular issue or is it someone who is unhappy about the direction – or more accurately lack of direction – of the government and it’s continuing non-delivery of anything of substance nearly half way through what is supposed to be the year of delivery?
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. Sigmund Freud who was born on this day in 1896.
1536 King Henry VIII ordered English language Bibles be placed in every church.
1542 Francis Xavier reached Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
1682 Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles.
1757 Battle of Prague – A Prussian army fought an Austrian army in Prague during the Seven Years’ War.
1758 Maximilien Robespierre, French Revolutionary was born (d. 1794).
1816 The American Bible Society was founded.
1840 The Penny Black postage stamp beccame valid for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1856 Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist, was born (d. 1939).
1856 Robert Peary, American explorer, was born (d. 1920).
1857 The British East India Company disbanded the 34th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry whose sepoy Mangal Pandey had earlier revolted against the British and is considered to be the First Martyr in the War of India’s Independence.
1860 Giuseppe Garibaldi’s Mille expedition sets sail from Genoa to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
1861 Motilal Nehru, Indian freedom fighter, was born (d. 1931).
1861 American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia was declared the new capital of the Confederate States of America.
1863 American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville ended with the defeat of the Army of the Potomac by Confederate troops.
1877 Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrendered to United States troops in Nebraska.
1880 – Winifred Brunton, English-South African painter and illustrator, was born (d. 1959).
1882 Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish were stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.
1882 The United States Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act.
1889 The Eiffel Tower was officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition.
1895 Rudolph Valentino, Italian actor, was born (d. 1926).
1904 Moshe Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-born founder of the Feldenkrais method, was born (d. 1984).
1910 George V beccame King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.
1915 Orson Welles, American film director and actor, was born (d. 1985).
1920 Kamisese Mara, 1st Prime Minister of Fiji and President of Fiji, was born (d. 2004).
1935 New Deal: Executive Order 7034 created the Works Progress Administration.
1935 The first flight of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk.
1941 The first flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.
1942 World War II: On Corregidor, the last American forces in the Philippines surrendered to the Japanese.
1945 World War II: Axis Sally delivered her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
1945 Bob Seger, American singer/songwriter, was born.
1945 – World War II: The Prague Offensive, the last major battle of the Eastern Front, began.
1947 –Alan Dale, New Zealand actor, was born.
1953 Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, was born.
1954 Roger Bannister became the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.
1962 St. Martín de Porres was canonized by Pope John XXIII.
1966 Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.
1976 An earthquake struck Friuli, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages.
1981 A jury of architects and sculptors unanimously selected Maya Ying Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 other entries.
1983 – Ingrid Jonach, Australian author, was born.
1983 The Hitler diaries were revealed as a hoax after examination by experts.
1984 – 103 Korean Martyrs were canonized by Pope John Paul II in Seoul.
1989 Cedar Point opened Magnum XL-200, the first roller coaster to break the 200 ft height barrier.
1994 Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterrand officiated at the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
1994 – Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones filed suit against President Bill Clinton, alleging that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.
1997 The Bank of England was given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank’s 300-year history..
2001 During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II became the first pope to enter a mosque.
2002 Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was assassinated by an animal rights activist.
2008 Chaiten Volcano erupted in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
2014 – Six people were injured in a knife attack at a Chinese train station in Guangzhou.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia