Daily Proverb

Proverbs 21

14 A secret gift calms anger;
a bribe under the table pacifies fury.

Wednesday nightCap

The Russian that saved the world – RIP

Stanislav Petrov, who averted possible nuclear war, dies at 77 – BBC News

There should have been a sense of urgency to get out of there

Troubling video filmed in Laos has shown construction workers fleeing for their lives after a dam overflowed upstream.

The video uploaded to YouTube this week shows the panic at a construction site as a mass of brown water and trees overwhelm the banks of the Nam Ao River last Monday

Mexico quake – buildings collapse

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Labour’s ‘bring out your dead’ campaign plan

It seems Labour and their coalition partner the Media party are now playing the sympathy card to bring out votes for Labour:

A passionate Labour supporter died less than two weeks before voting opened, but his message has reached thousands.

Rangiora community stalwart Peter Allen – who suffered from motor neurone disease – died on August 30, 12 days before early voting began.

The highly respected former Rangiora High School principal and Waimakariri District Councillor left a video message on Facebook as a “last time voter” voicing his support of Jacinda Ardern and her party.

It has been viewed more than 7000 times, even by the Labour leader herself.

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Nobody pays for water, so why are politicians and Media making you think otherwise?

Making farmers pay for the water they use is unfair, because nobody else pays for the water they use.

Federated Farmers is repeating, nobody in New Zealand pays for water. No household, no farm, no hairdresser … not even Coca Cola.

All we pay for in New Zealand is the right to access the water and to cover the cost of delivery of the water. But not the water.

“In this election campaign, politicians are attempting to brainwash Kiwis into thinking farmers are getting something for free that others pay for. They aren’t.

“Water. Nobody pays for it,” Federated Farmers water spokesperson Chris Allen says.

Some families and business connected to town supply may pay a per litre charge for the reticulation and treatment of their water, others pay through rates.

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One Tier – Wonderland (and NO Constitution)

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Guest Post

New Zealand is the only country in the world with no constitution. What we have are a series of imported Acts and locally passed Acts which jointly and severely form a type of constitution. The oldest of which is the U.K. imported Magna Carta which was first passed into law in 1215.

We also have a one tier parliament – which is equipped with unfettered and unbridled power to pass what legislation it wants – even overnight, and retrospective, as it did in 1988 when it amended s,13(5) of the Inland Revenue Act. This allowed IRD officers to hand out documents to police officers. Those documents being previously classified as secret pursuant to s.13(5) of the IRD Act. This resulted in a 5-years 8-month term of imprisonment for one person – based on what was later discovered to be an adding mistake. It took 18 years, and a trip to the Privy Council to reverse the erroneous convictions.     Read more »