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Mary giving birth to Rabbits.

Mary giving birth to Rabbits.

How To Give Birth To Rabbits

 It was September 27, 1726, and Mary Toft was going into labour. The 24-year-old peasant, who worked in hop fields of rural England, called out for her neighbour, Mary Gill. Gill rushed inside Mary’s house and found her squirming in pain. Then something unusual happened. Mary hovered over a bucket and gave birth to a monster.

It was a ghastly but miraculous birth. Gill ran to find Mary’s sister-in-law—a midwife by trade—and told her the baffling news. The “baby” looked like a rotten jumble of animal parts. The family quickly sent the remains to a local surgeon, John Howard, a man with over 30 years of experience delivering babies. Howard inspected the remains, writing that they resembled “three legs of a cat of tabby colour, and one leg of a rabbet . . . in them were three pieces of the Back bone of an Eel.”

Yes, an eel.

Howard was skeptical, but he begrudgingly visited Mary. He complained that she was difficult to work with. “[Mary is] of a very stupid and sullen Temper,” he later wrote. But then it happened before his eyes: Mary gave birth to a baby bunny. It was like magic. Except the rabbit wasn’t coming out of a hat.

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The House Today #nzqt

Question time/Questions for oral answer starts at 2 pm today.

You can follow proceedings starting at 2 pm on TV (Freeview 22, Sky 86), streaming audio via Radio New Zealand and streaming Parliament TV via the internet.  After the sitting day, on-demand replays can be found at In The House

Questions to Ministers

  1. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that the Government’s top fiscal priority is “returning to surplus this year and maintaining surpluses in the future”?
  2. MARAMA FOX to the Prime Minister: Is he concerned about the alleged human rights abuses being perpetrated on detainees in offshore processing centres in Australia; if so, what does he intend to do to seek assurances from Malcolm Turnbull that the human rights of New Zealanders who are currently detained on Christmas Island are maintained and upheld?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Social Development?
  4. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Economic Development:What is the Government doing to encourage investment and growth in the New Zealand economy?
  5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? Read more »

Fuddy duddy Nats need to get with the program


National are dragging the chain on medicinal cannabis…they are showing their fuddy duddy approach to politics.

All over the world liberalisation of cannabis laws are happening but here John Key would rather change the flag than help the sick and the dying.

Story reports:

Medical marijuana used to be seen as a fringe option, a mad alternative to conventional drugs, but not anymore.

These days in many countries it has already been approved to treat a number of conditions.

But that is not happening in New Zealand. It has been heart-breaking for the sick people and their families who believe it can help them.

One of those people is the President of the Council of Trade Unions and cancer patient, Helen Kelly.

Ms Kelly wants an exemption from the Government to use medicinal cannabis oil.

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Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Kiwis in Australia’s lack of rights all Labour’s fault

Labour as usual are playing hypocrites, but then they are the world’s leaders at hypocrisy.

… Kiwi rights in Australia were cut during the last Labour Government, who accepted the loss like “lap dogs”.

With Parliament back sitting after a recess, Labour leader Andrew Little took aim at Mr Key during question time over his handling of Australia’s toughened-up immigration policy.

“Why won’t he stand up for New Zealanders when he meets Malcolm Turnbull this weekend, and tell him that what our Australian mates are doing to New Zealanders is just wrong,” Mr Little asked the Prime Minister, to a cry of “get some guts” from his colleagues.

Mr Key said he had lobbied previous Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the issue, as well as Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in New York last week.   Read more »

ACT to take Euthanasia before parliament

David Seymour is impressing me more and more.

He is using his time in parliament to do meaningful things, like introducing a euthanasia bill, something Labour lacks the courage to do, and a far better use of a referendum than a stupid flag debate.

A bill calling to legalise voluntary euthanasia will be lodged by ACT leader David Seymour in Parliament on Wednesday.

The bill is being presented on the same day former Labour MP Maryann Street, who in the last parliamentary term proposed and championed the End-of-Life Choice bill, will have a petition heard at health select committee.

The petition, which has 8795 signatures, garnered cross-party support when it was presented at Parliament in June by Street and Matt Vickers, husband of Lecretia Seales, who died of a brain tumour on the same day she lost her High Court bid to choose to die.   Read more »

The local German Press are not allowed to report on what is happening inside German Hospitals

The below letter is from a retired physician who had returned to work at a Munich area hospital where they needed an anaesthesiologist. She e-mailed the following letter to her friend in Prague. The letter has been read out on Czech Television but in Germany the issues mentioned in the letter are not being reported on by the German Press because they have been told to not write anything negative about the migrants. Merkel’s government fears that the German population will react badly to the truth, so like bad governments throughout history the truth is being suppressed. Despite this German’s are protesting in record numbers as they can see the negative effects of record migration in their own towns and cities but you will only find articles and photos describing the protests on New Media. Even international media seem to be going along with the Blackout on bad news about migrants in Germany.

Yesterday, at the hospital we had a meeting about how the situation here and at the other Munich hospitals is unsustainable. Clinics cannot handle emergencies, so they are starting to send everything to the hospitals.

Many Muslims are refusing treatment by female staff and, we, women, are refusing to go among those animals, especially from Africa. Relations between the staff and migrants are going from bad to worse. Since last weekend, migrants going to the hospitals must be accompanied by police with K-9 units.

Many [Muslim] migrants have AIDS, syphilis, open TB and many exotic diseases that we, in Europe, do not know how to treat them. If they receive a prescription in the pharmacy, they learn they have to pay cash. This leads to unbelievable outbursts, especially when it is about drugs for the children. They abandon the children with pharmacy staff with the words: “So, cure them here yourselves!” So the police are not just guarding the clinics and hospitals, but also large pharmacies.

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6 Councillors who are going to get challenged

Yesterday the Auckland Council’s Regulatory and Bylaws Committee decided to ignore unanimous support from local residents and instead listen to two council officials and over ride a 5 year ban on set netting in Arkles Bay.

In doing so they placed a target on their backs for a strong campaign to ensure they are replaced.

A decision made by Auckland Council’s Regulatory and Bylaws Committee today (October 13) will see the current year-round ban on set netting in Arkles Bay replaced with a summer-only ban that runs from November 1 to April 30 each year. The summer ban will be within 200 metres (seaward) of the Mean High Water Spring.

This decision flies in the face of a united front from the community, the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board and Councillors John Watson and Wayne Walker who sought a continuation of the year-round ban.

The year-round ban on set netting, introduced by the former Rodney District Council in March 2007, was unique in Auckland and it was this that appeared to make it problematic for Auckland Council’s “one size fits all” approach.

Council staff offered residents an opportunity for feedback prior to today’s committee meeting, via a website, promising that all such feedback would be put before Councillors for consideration. More than 660 submissions were received in the week after that address was publicised in Hibiscus Matters’ October 1 issue.

However, Albany Ward Councillor John Watson, who is on the Regulatory and Bylaws Committee, says those comments were not put before the committee.

“The impassioned and evidence-based views of the local community were ignored,” he says.

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READT Chair Paul Barber must resign, threatening journalists is unacceptable

The revelations over the past few days about the actions and qualifications of Paul Barber, the current chair of the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal leave many questions unanswered.

Perhaps the most serious allegations now are regarding the very real threats by Paul Barber against a journalist asking reasonable and polite questions of the chair.

Near the end of the conversation with Whaleoil journalist Stephen Cook, Barber becomes agitated, threatening and demands the journalist’s personal details and ends with the warning to him to be careful.

“Where do you live?” he demands, “Give me your address please?”. Cook refuses and Barber continues with his demands.

“I’m going to sort this out” and “Where do you live?”.    Read more »

Paul Barber: Caught in a lie

PRESSURE is mounting on the chairman of the Crown agency established seven years ago to raise public confidence in the real estate industry to resign after more evidence emerged yesterday exposing him as a liar and a fraud.

For the past four years retired district court judge Paul Barber has been in charge of the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal, the independent body responsible for determining disciplinary charges against real estate agents.

Public dissatisfaction with agents was one of the driving forces behind major industry reforms introduced in 2008, which made it mandatory for agents to legally comply with prescribed rules relating to their conduct and the way they care for clients.

The conduct and client-care rules are backed by a multi-level complaints system administered by the tribunal – with Barber, who claims to be 78-years-old, at the helm.

But there are now serious questions over Barber’s conduct – and whether he has any legal standing as chairman.

Complicating matters is the fact that during his four-year tenure Barber has deliberately misled the public with claims he is a District Court Judge when he’s not one.

Yesterday Whaleoil obtained a recording from a Tribunal hearing back in 2014 where Barber clearly introduces himself as “Judge Barber”.

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