Difference of opinion not war


The petty politicking in the wake of the Norwegian massacre appalls me.

The mass killings were a tragic act of evil, the politics of the perpetrator and his victims are irrelevant.

This is like Port Arthur or Aramoana and Andrei says it all, There is nothing intelligent to say.

We should be thinking of the victims and those who mourn them, not engaging in political point scoring.

As an elderly friend once told me, politics is a difference of opinion, not a war.

August 11 in history


On August 11:

3114 BC   The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, began.


2492 BC  Traditional date of the defeat of Bel by Hayk, progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation.


480 BC  Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Artemisium – the Persians achieved a naval victory over the Greeks in an engagement fought near Artemisium.

Map showing major incidents of the second Persian invasion of Greece

355  Claudius Silvanus, accused of treason, proclaimed himself Roman Emperor against Constantius II.

1755  Charles Lawrence gave expulsion orders to remove the Acadians from Nova Scotia beginning the Great Upheaval.


1786  Captain Francis Light established the British colony of Penang.

1804  Francis II assumed the title of first Emperor of Austria.

1858  First ascent of the Eiger.


1892 Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet, was born  (d. 1978).

1897 Enid Blyton, English author, was born (d. 1968).


1918 World War I:  Battle of Amiens ended.


1919 Constitution of Weimar Republic adopted.

1920  The LatviaBolshevist Russia peace treaty, which relinquished Russia’s authority and pretenses to Latvia, is signed.

1921  Alex Haley, American writer, was born  (d. 1992).


1929   Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.


1929  The Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic began its annual tradition, which is now the oldest and largest African American parade in the United States.

1933 Jerry Falwell, American preacher, was born (d. 2007).


1934   First civilian prisoners arrived at Federal prison on Alcatraz Island.

1942 Mike Hugg, British musician (Manfred Mann), was born.

1942  Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil received a patent for a frequency hopping, spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and Wi-Fi.

1952  Bob Mothersbaugh AKA Bob 1, American musician (Devo), was born.

1952  Hussein proclaimed king of Jordan.


1960 Chad declared independence.

1962 The country’s first roll-on roll-off (RO-RO) ferry, New Zealand Railways’ Aramoana entered service between Wellington and Picton.

Picton ferry Aramoana enters service

1965  The Watts riots began in Watts area of Los Angeles.


1972 The last United States ground combat unit left South Vietnam.

1975  Governor Mário Lemos Pires of Portuguese Timor abandoned the capital Dili, following a coup by the Timorese Democratic Union (UDT) and the outbreak of civil war between UDT and Fretilin.

1982  A bomb exploded on Pan Am Flight 830, en route from Tokyo to Honolulu, killing one teenager and injuring 15 passengers.

1988  Al-Qaeda was formed.

Flag of al-Qaeda in Iraq.svg

1999 The Salt Lake City Tornado tore through the downtown district of the city, killing one.

The Salt Lake City Tornado of 1999 rips through downtown

2003 NATO took over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.


2003 – Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, was arrested in Bangkok.

2003 – A heat wave in Paris resulted in temperatures rising to 112°F (44° C), leaving about 144 people dead.


Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

November 13 in history


On November 13:

1715  Dorothea Erxleben,  first German female medical doctor, was born.

1841 James Braid first saw a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually called hypnotism.

1850 Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer, was born.

1906 Eva Zeisel, American industrial designer, was born.

1916 Australian Prime Minister  Billy Hughes was expelled from the Labor Party over his support for conscription.

1934 Peter Arnett, New Zealand-born American journalist, was born.

Arnett Rio.jpg

1955  Whoopi Goldberg, American actress, comedian, and singer, was born.

1971 The American space probe, Mariner 9, becomes the first spacecraft to orbit another planet successfully, swinging into its planned trajectory around Mars.


1985 The volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupted, melting a glacier, causing a lahar that buried Armero, Colombia, killing approximately 23,000 people.

Nevado del Ruiz by Edgar.png

1990 David Gray killed 13 people at Aramoana.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

August 11 in history


On August 11:

1897 English author Enid Blyton was born.



1950 c0-founder of Apple Inc Steve Wozniak was born.


1962 the ferry Aromoana began service between Wellington and Picton.

Sourced from Wikipedia & NZ History Online.

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