Balclutha’s WiFi Luddites David and Julia Hunter have been at it for a while – in more ways than one

Yesterday’s Julia Hunter WiFi story is but the culmination of years of concern/harassment/activism from the Hunters. ¬†This, from 2010:

The Rosebank Primary School in Balclutha has assured parents there are no safety issues about electromagnetic radiation levels emitted by the school’s Wi-Fi computer network, installed last September.

Two families are known to have withdrawn their children from the school in February and a third family joined them this week, citing concern about health risks.

But in a four-page newsletter, issued to parents by the school’s Board of Trustees on Thursday, the school insists the results of a National Radiation Laboratory test of equipment, carried out on January 20, prove the equipment complies with the relevant regulations and operates at “very safe levels of electromagnetic radiation”.

Principal Chris Morris confirmed six children had been withdrawn from the school over this issue so far.

“The school respects the rights of parents to make decisions.

“We are sad and disappointed, but we respect people’s right to choose. We’ve spent a considerable amount of time and money [$4410] investigating the process.”

Parent Kim Cruse said she would like the school to be more receptive to hearing parents’ concerns, and to look at all the evidence presented from both sides.

The Wi-Fi equipment was installed at the school last September, following recommendations in the Rosebank ERO report to upgrade the Information and Communications Technology system.

David and Julia Hunter, who removed their child at the beginning of the school term, are seeking legal advice over being publicly named by the school in this week’s newsletter.

It appears the Hunters continued to send their child to secondary school knowing that the school has WiFi, and then starts campaigning for WiFi to be taken out of the school.  That makes no sense.  Knowing their strong feelings about it all.

All this is even more remarkable when you know that the Hunters run an Internet provider company in Balclutha called Rivernet ¬† Read more »

The rise and rise of the anti-immigration right

The Conservatives and NZ First might survive the next few terms if the overseas trend makes its way here.  In the UK, the Uk Independence Party is going from strength to strength, no matter how many lefties call them racists.

Tory defector Mark Reckless today became Ukip’s second elected MP in a devastating blow to the Conservatives, declaring his new party will ‘give you back your country’.

He won the Rochester and Strood by-election by 2,920 votes, erasing the Tory majority of almost 10,000 that he secured in 2010.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Reckless said: ‘If we can win here, we can win across the country. If you vote Ukip, you get Ukip.’

Jubilant Nigel Farage punched the air and declared that the ‘massive, massive’ win in what he called a ‘David v Goliath battle’ meant ‘all bets are off’ for the general election in 2015.

The result is embarrassing for David Cameron who just six weeks ago tore into Mr Reckless and vowed to kick his ‘fat a***’ out of the Commons.

The Brits are sick to the back teeth about having their country overrun with EU immigrants. ¬† Their problems are ¬†much more advanced than hours, but immigration issues are becoming political drivers all over the world. ¬† Read more »

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Another weed study with surprising results

As cannabis gains traction with legalisation across the world more and more studies are able to be done that were previously forbidden.

Some are producing surprising results.

Time reports:

Want fewer ‚ÄúDude, where‚Äôs my car?‚ÄĚ moments but not ready to give up the weed? A new studypublished in the British Journal of Psychiatrysuggests that variations in the chemical makeup of different strains of marijuana are associated with different levels of cognitive impairment while high.

Tetrahydocannabinol (THC) is commonly recognized as the ingredient in marijuana that causes a ‚Äúhigh‚ÄĚ in users, but researchers have long known that pot contains other active substances as well. While THC can cause hallucinations and paranoia, another chemical found in marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD), is believed to be responsible for the calmer, sedating part of the experience. The two chemicals have opposing effects on one of the brain receptors affected by cannabis, the CB1 receptor.

To determine the effect of different levels of CBD, researchers studied 134 cannabis-using volunteers while they smoked their own stash of marijuana, at home. They gave them various cognitive tests, either while wasted or abstinent. Then, they took samples of the pot back to the lab for testing. ¬† Read more »

Get those foreign killers off the road

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After plowing into the locals for years while we stand idly by in fear of losing someone a tourist dollar, there is some movement.  Maybe.

Police may get the power to ban erratic tourist drivers from the roads as concern grows about the number of fatalities involving overseas drivers.

The death of motorcyclist Grant Roberts left two young boys without a father. They have taken a petition to Parliament asking to make it tougher for tourists to drive here.

Mr Roberts was one of two motorcyclists killed when a young Chinese woman lost control of her car.

Christchurch coroner Richard McElrea¬†investigated the accident and has called for police to be given powers to ban drivers who show a “demonstrable lack of ability”.

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is interested in the idea.

“We’re considering all the options that the coroner’s put to us,” he says. “That recommendation in particular I’m interested in and I’ll be talking to the Minister of Police about that one.”

We have to have a better balance where we value the safety of others over the bottom line of tourist operators just a little more.

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Face of the day

Laila

A special kind of stupid

 

Todays face of the day would like you to take this survey to help her determine the future of The Internet Party.

Well actually that is a lie.

I tried to participate and after answering the first question honestly, found myself shut out. The question was whether or not I was an Internet Party or Mana Party Supporter or a member of the Internet Party. When I selected none of these options the survey immediately finished. A one question survey in other words.

I think it is a waste of time personally and that all she is doing is this.

Laila Harre breathing new life into the Internet Party

Laila Harre breathing new life into the Internet Party

 

Laila Harre is yesterday’s news and so is Kim Dotcom’s party.

Yesterday's news, today's Kitty litter

Yesterday’s news, today’s Kitty litter

 

She was never a leader she was always Kim’s employee. For her now to pretend that the party still exists and that she is its leader is a nonsense.

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Laila who?

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 21

10 Evil people desire evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.

Friday nightCap

Shot!

Man… these guys are having a good time…

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Today’s Trivia

 

via thisrecording.com

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Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

 

There’s an ‘opposite’ of hibernation called ‘aestivation’. (source)

 

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