Great Barrier Island, Aliens, the Pope and Great Barrier Island

Aliens will be on the agenda when Great Barrier Island, population 939, brings the Pope’s astronomer and other top scientists to a quirky public event.

The one-day festival, called “Is There Life out There?”, follows a similar event last year that was organised by the island-based Awana Rural Women group and attracted around 12 per cent of Great Barrier’s residents.

But the coming summit, planned for mid-September, would be a stellar step up, with the speakers list including Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, top US planetary scientist Dr Faith Vilas, and Gino Acevedo, the Weta Digital creative art director behind such films as Avatar and King Kong.

Also on the bill is Auckland University of Technology microbiologist Professor Steve Pointing, who has worked with Nasa in researching extreme lifeforms that can survive in polar cold and desert heat.

The group’s president, Gendie Somerville-Ryan, chuckled when asked how these heavyweights had been pulled to such a remote spot.

“Well, it’s just never good luck is it?”

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Why should you care about Auckland’s Unitary Plan?

Especially if you don’t live in Auckland.  Apart from the fact that Auckland is large enough to affect the economy and lives of the rest of the country, your city and regional councils will be required to one one of their own.

Todd Niall has provided a handy overview of what a Unitary Plan is meant to achieve.

1. What’s the Unitary Plan?

It’s the rulebook for Auckland’s future development, and replaces dozens of old plans and strategies covering everything from environmental and heritage protection, to – contentiously – where higher density housing and urban sprawl will be allowed. It’s the biggest single planning change in Auckland’s history.

2. What happens today?

An Independent Hearings Panel has listened to 249 days of submissions after which it re-wrote the plan proposed to it in 2013 by the council. It was presented to council management last Friday, and after days of analysis by planners, will be explained to councillors today, then released publicly.

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A new search engine for independent media

I can no longer ignore the censorship that is now happening on all the social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Even Google my favourite search engine has been accused of censorship. Conservative viewpoints in particular are being silenced, Milo Yiannopoulos the latest Conservative/Libertarian voice to be banned for life from Twitter.

Criticism of Islam, and any material that would expose or question the status quo is now being censored or discriminated against. For example YouTube will take away the monetization of a popular YouTube channel if they don’t want people to view it. This is a very underhanded form of discrimination as it is invisible to the viewing public who don’t know what is going on behind the scenes. Cutting off the financial blood supply to the content providers is almost as effective as taking the videos down or censoring their content.

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Screenshot from YouTube video where 16 year old German girl explains what life is like for her after mass muslim migration

I read recently that, GoodGopher.com  was created for independent media as a google alternative. It claims to be a propaganda-free search portal.

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She’s a gonna

The mother in law of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has reportedly been kidnapped in Brazil.

According to Brazilian magazine Veja, Aparecida Schunck, 67, was taken on Friday in the neighbourhood of Interlagos, Sao Paulo with her kidnappers said to be demanding a ransom of 120 million Brazilian reals (NZ$52 million).

The magazine says that the ransom demand is the highest in the country’s history.

Schunck is the mother of Ecclestone’s third wife Fabiana Flosi who met the 85 year-old at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2009. The pair married in 2012. Read more »

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” Moderate ” Turkey controlled by brutal dictator

If you were in any doubt about the status of Turkey this article will remove it as it tells you about the thousands of Turkish soldiers who are being raped and starved as punishment for the failed coup against President Dictator Erdogan. According to Amnesty International they are also being left without water in terrible cramped conditions.

Pictures have emerged on social media, reportedly of soldiers being held in Turkey

Pictures have emerged on social media, reportedly of soldiers being held in Turkey

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Europe’s Islamist insurgency and lessons for NZ on enfeeblement

Guest Post

Journalist and analyst specialising in the Middle East and terror groups, Jonathan Spyer, has said that Western Europe’s failure to stop Islamist terror taking route in its heartland represents ‘a profound failure of Western European political culture and of the continent’s elites’ to ‘grasp the nature of the time in which they are living’.

“The terror attacks in Nice and Wurzburg are the latest manifestations of what should now be seen as a still fairly low-level Islamist insurgency taking place in a number of west European countries. The fact that this insurgency has been allowed to kindle itself and slowly emerge before now bursting forth represents a profound failure of Western European political culture and of the continent’s elites.

This is not merely a matter of poor police or intelligence work. Rather, it is the culmination of a long process of enfeeblement. The Islamist insurgency is a disease attacking an already weakened body which lacks the means to defend itself.”

Yes, Europe is in the midsts of an Islamic insurgency and its elected leaders, tasked with defending the population, are asleep at the wheel. Only the British populace seems to have woken up to the fact that the EU’s open-arms policy is the beginning of the end.

Political Islam, in its many variations, has captured the minds of millions and is now leading to war and state fragmentation in the Middle East. And through the process whereby Mideastern refugees seek to quit the region and enter Europe, these ideas enter Europe, carried by some of the young men making their way behind the walls, like a plague bacillus.

The result is the current insurgency. It is erupting out of parts of the society untouched and undreamt of by the elite.

Is the New Zealand government doing enough to protect its populace and prevent an Islamist insurgency manifesting here? Or are we already too enfeebled, too enamoured with Islam, and incapable of taking the required proactive and almost-no-longer preemptive steps to defend ourselves? Read more »

Pervert uses bible to justify himself

A man who tried to use Old Testament bible verses to justify sexually abusing a teenager has been found guilty of his crimes.

Wytse De Vries, 39, used to pray with his victim when she went to bed, then return as she slept to sexually violate her, the Whanganui District Court heard in his trial over the past week.

He also touched another girl on the breast.

After two and a half hours of deliberation, the jury of five men and seven women on Tuesday found him guilty on three counts of indecent assault, and two sexual violations.

De Vries pleaded guilty in 2014 to a representative charge of touching the first girl on the breast a number of times.

He admits going into her room while she slept and touching her crotch on six to 10 separate occasions but the victim does not remember any more than two.

The victim’s mother found him asleep on the floor beside the girl’s bed a number of times. Read more »