A 15th century copy of Ptolemy’s World Map, based on Ptolemy’s Geographia circa 150AD. Ptolemy’s maps are the first uses of longitudinal and latitudinal lines.
In all the fuss and bother with cannabis and the discussions over legalisation it is easy to gloss over the other cash crop that would be allowed under legalisation…hemp.
Colorado’s new law is reaping other changes, too, among them the first legal crop of hemp that America has seen in nearly 60 years. Hemp is a cannabis plant, as is marijuana, but it contains almost none of THC, the component that gives pot its potent effect. Read more »
Via Newstalk ZB website:
A family with four generations of in-breeding has been discovered in New South Wales, The Daily Mail reports.
It’s a case described as one of the worst in Australia’s history.
Children of what’s been called a horrifying incest ‘cult’ have been found living deformed, filthy and mute in scenic valley south-west of Sydney.
Brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts had sex with each other for decades.
Children were severely disabled with one girl, nine, unable to read or talk.
She was unable to bathe herself and did not know what toilet paper was.
I bet there’s a few cold sweats and paranoid head turning going on down in the depths of central Manawatu. The Valiants, Falcons and Kingswoods will be getting packed for a hasty mass exodus as we speak.
There are quite a lot of papers to read through of the now published report by Paula Rebstock into the MFaT leaks.
Phil Goff drip fed his leaks to parliament and to the media and the report doesn’t exactly cover him in any glory with reports of multiple, unauthorised phone calls to staffers, some after hours.
The key part though is the links to Labour for the leaks.
It’s like a scene out of a western, all is silent except for the faint cry of a eagle high above the harsh landscape.
El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo is standing out in the wilderness, all alone, wondering which way to turn, wondering how did it go so wrong.
Yesterday the Transport & Industrial Relation’s Select Committee issued their report into Simon Bridges’ Employment Relations Amendment Bill. With all the fuss Labour made about cleaners getting underpaid by their corporate bosses at Spotless Facility Services and working such long hours, you would expect their so-called industry body the Building Services Contractors, or BSC for short, to be all over this like a rash. Read more »
The Parliamentary Press Gallery had its end of year party last night. Basically it was a trough-fest for corporate lobbyists…with them out numbering journalists by a substantial amount.
This was the scene that confronted staff and MPs arriving this morning.
The NZ Herald reports:
Twelve charges laid against former Pike River Coal chief executive Peter Whittall in relation to the 2010 disaster at the mine have been dropped.
In a shock development in the Christchurch District Court this morning, the Crown said that after an extensive review it was “not appropriate to continue with the prosecution against Mr Whittall”. …
Mr Grieve said he had concerns with the prosecution case, including unsigned briefs of evidence, briefs of evidence that contained hearsay quotations, inadmissible opinion evidence, submissions and conclusions on matters of law, assumed and misstated facts, and speculative conclusions.
He also raised concerns over disclosure, and its investigations.
He wondered why they had not obtained data on company computers, cellphones or tablets, or memory cards and CDs. Read more »
On November 23 I wrote:
I’ve received a rather concerning email from one of our readers. If this is anything but a misguided local initiative, it needs to be exposed
Had a phone call this morning from a mate who works for NZ Post in a provincial city (not here). The word going around his smoko room was that someone from the union suggested it could be a good idea if some referendum papers were “not delivered”. These of course could then be opened, voted on, sent back, and the “No” vote fattened. They are banking on people not bothering to ask for replacement papers if theirs do not turn up.
He suggested that I get the word out to my mates that if anyone doesn’t receive their voting papers they should contact the office of the Chief Electoral Officer. All deliveries should be complete by the end of next week (mine arrived in the PO box this morning).
Given the amount of resource that Labour, the Greens and the unions have poured into this referendum, it sounds as though they are pretty worried about getting enough of a “No” vote to attack the Government with. Pulling a stunt like this rates right up there with the KFC election in 2005, but it’s hardly surprising given the current climate.
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