Murder at Pike River – Cover-up: New Govt sets goal of manned entry by 2019…

Murder at Pike River Mine - the Truth You Won't Find in Mainstream Media


Note: Murder at Pike River Mine by Dr Jacob Cohen can be found here

November 29 2017 | From  Uncensored via Wakeupkiwi 

Let me be quite frank. After the corrupt media has censored Dr Jacob Cohen’s amazing book from the NZ public, and the even more corrupt National Party led by PM John Key has spent tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars covering up the deliberate murder of the 29 miners at Pike River.

Related: Pike River: New Footage Shows No Sign Of Fire

Now, after 7 years of lies and endless coverup, we now have an even more spurious gang of low-life liars in the form of this new Labour Party – NZ First Party Coalition, Jacinda Ardern and Andrew Little – now in the process of committing another $23 million to set up a “PIKE RIVER RECOVERY AGENCY” [supposedly] towards achieving the goal for a manned re-entry to inspect the crime scene in the mine (to fulfil a key part of the Labour-NZ First Coalition Agreement) to make a decision by MARCH 2019!


Christchurch is quietly reinventing itself…

Christchurch is Quietly Reinventing Itself

“No one knew there were fault lines under Christchurch – not until it was too late. Now, six years after the earthquake that left 186 dead and destroyed huge swathes of this most British of New Zealand cities, the pain is still there but so, too, is a new optimism,” Mark Palmer reports for the Daily Mail. “Rebuilding has meant rebranding.”

“The quaint tram still wiggles its way past Cranmer and Latimer Squares and along the Avon River, with the hatted driver making references to the ‘mother country’, but everywhere you look new initiatives flourish,” Palmer writes.

“We visit a community garden project where in return for fresh vegetables, homeless people are tasked with weeding the beds; walls and sides of damaged buildings are canvases for artists and spray-painters; temporary bars and shops operate out of metal containers and the origami ‘cardboard cathedral’ looks like it will become a permanent structure.

“Christchurch is quietly reinventing itself – but with a great deal of soul-searching.

“Thankfully, New Regent Street (built in Spanish Mission style in 1932) survived the horror and thrives. Ice cream of the highest calibre can be found here.

“Then there’s C1 Espresso, another symbol of the new Christchurch. Housed in the old Post Office, recycled materials fill the interior and food arrives through pneumatic tubes with your name on it as if receiving a parcel through the post.

“A gimmick? Yes, but here in Christchurch it’s strangely moving, a reminder that the gift of life is the best parcel of all.”

Original article by Mark Palmer, Daily Mail, November

Lorde’s Melodrama No1 album of 2017

  NME Names Lorde’s Melodrama No 1 Album of 2017

NME Names Lorde’s Melodrama No 1 Album of 2017

“2017 has been a bad year for silly things like international relations and basic human decency,” according to NME. “It’s been a good year, though, for really important things like albums.” Lorde’s Melodrama is the magazine’s top rated of the year.

“The New Zealand star sums up the raison d’être of her stunning second album with the understated chorus of fourth track The Louvre: ‘Broadcast the boom-boom-boom-boom and make ’em all dance to it’,” NME writes.

“This is a regret-drenched break-up album that waves a magic wand at pain and transforms it into pure pop magic. From house-influenced lead single Green Light to the deliciously overwrought Supercut, Melodrama gives you pause to reflect on the past even as it takes your hand and leads you to the dancefloor.”

Lorde, 21, is currently on her Melodrama World Tour, having just played to sold-out audiences in New Zealand and Australia.

She takes the tour to the United States early next year, beginning in Milwaukee on 1 March.

Original article by NME, November 23, 2017.

Intimate Conversation…

intimate conversation

by ShimonZ

One of my favorite writers is Rabbi Nachman of Breslev.  He had thousands of followers, but told his students that it was hard for him to speak to more than ten people at the same time. Because, he explained, when he talked to people, he wanted to communicate with each person present on a one to one basis, and he was unable to focus on more than ten people at one time.  After writing that blog post that I called ‘comeback’, a very dear friend of mine said, ‘Now you’ve done it. You’ve spoken straight from your heart. You ought to write that way in the future’. But instead of encouraging me, this advice put a damper on my ability to write. I started thinking about those subjects that I study in solitude and about my dreams… and realized that were I to discuss such things in a public forum, it might lead to the unhappiness of a reader. Not because they would feel sorry for me, but because they might challenge themselves with those same thoughts… even if they weren’t ready for them. The questions I ask myself, and my perspective in life have been influenced by what I saw in childhood. Rabbi Nachman chose to tell stories that were complex parables, and each reader could take from them those messages that appeal to him or her. There have been many commentaries of his stories. Some of them very deep. To others, his stories resemble fairy tales.

graffiti in memory of Rabbi Nachman

When my children were little, I remembered that my parents had never spoken to me about sex. At that point in my life, I was trying to correct my parents mistakes in the way I raised my own children, and so when my two oldest children got to the age when I thought they might be curious about the subject, I decided to tell them ‘the facts of life’. They were about the same age that I was when I became curious about such things. But when I took them aside and told them how this particular function, essential to human continuation, works, they showed very little interest. They couldn’t wait to find another subject to talk about. I realized that any knowledge may be meaningless to us till we’re ready to deal with it.

As luck would have it, I was exposed to cruelty and death at a very early age. In fact, I was born at a time and place that introduced me to circumstances so extreme as to make me feel as if I had been born on an alien planet. I could find no emotions to deal with what I saw and heard outside of my well furnished room, and the comforts my parents afforded me. As I grew older, life around me improved. I discovered the pleasures of nature, and liked riding my bicycle. My greatest pleasure was reading and studying. That was what comforted me in my loneliness. The writers that I read were like older brothers and sisters to me. I heard their voices in my head, and felt a familiarity with them that I was unable to find in the social world around me.

men in prayer

Life kept getting better though. It seemed to me that the world relaxed. There still were wars, but they were far away now. And the people I saw around me seemed to be busy chasing happiness and sensory pleasures. They seemed most cheerful when accumulating money, eating rich foods and playing with toys. When I heard about post traumatic stress syndrome, I thought such phenomena only concerned other people. For me, it seemed that all of life was a cluster of ripe traumas. When reading psychology, I learned that for some people a real trauma seemed to be wanting to have sex with a parent and realizing that it was forbidden… or wanting something else that was forbidden. Ah, happy normality. I remember listening to Woody Allen in an interview… he mentioned that as a child he worried about the sun dying in another 5 billion years. Okay, I thought, he discovered his mortality, and could joke about it. Humor might provide relief from anxiety… but what about horror?

a glimpse of my Jerusalem

As a professional photographer, I used to prepare lecture slides for some of my customers. This was before the PC and PowerPoint. I was once having coffee with one of my customers after having delivered his work. He told me of the amazing progress that was being made in chemical treatment of psychological complaints. He said there were new medicines that effectively cured depression. I said to him, ‘you know, I suffer from depression occasionally’. He said, ‘Ah Shimon, if that ever happens to you again, get in touch with me, and I’ll give you a pill that will just amaze you’. Some time later I called him up and told him I felt pretty depressed at the time. He said, ‘I’m really sorry to hear that. Why don’t we get together today, have a beer and talk’. We got together at a pub and drank a couple of beers. He never mentioned the pill. And I didn’t want to ask if he didn’t offer it. I’ve lived most of my life without pills.

Atomic bomb blasts in Japan WW2

Two aerial photos of atomic bomb mushroom clouds, over two Japanese cities in 1945.

Atom bomb blasts in Japan WW2

A massive nuclear test waste dump in the Pacific is leaking radioactive material into the ocean.

A 50cm-thick concrete dome is all that stands between 85,000 cubic metres of soil mixed with radioactive waste and the people of Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Runit Dome – or “the tomb”, as locals call it – contains the waste leftover from dozens of atomic tests carried out by the US in the mid-20th century.

But according to a new report from Australia’s ABC News, climate change is taking its toll – water is penetrating the dome.

Also, the bottom isn’t lined at all. During its nuclear clean-up in the 1970s, the pit – itself formed by an atomic blast – was deemed too pricey to line the porous seabed with concrete.

Arab states will abandon Israel when the Iran threat dies, security expert warns..

They will throw them to the wolves like the US did to the Kurds:

Sunni Arab states will abandon Israel as US abandoned the Kurds, leading Israeli national security analyst warns…

By: Ben Cohen, The Algemeiner

One of Israel’s leading national security analysts has urged caution in assessing a potential alliance between the Jewish state and the conservative Sunni Arab countries, pointing to the recent abandonment of the Kurds by the international community as a sobering reminder that perceived national interests invariably trump other values like loyalty and shared security.

“[L]et us suppose the Iranian threat disappears because Israel launches a successful attack on Tehran’s nuclear facilities,” wrote Lt. Col. (Res) Mordechai Kedar in a briefing for Israel’s Begin-Sadat Center for Security Studies (BESA).  “As a result, war breaks out between Israel and Iran (including Hezbollah), Israel sacrifices hundreds of soldiers and civilians – and the Iranian problem ceases to exist. Will the Arab and Western worlds be grateful to Israel and act to protect its interests?”

“The answer is simple: look to the Kurds,” Kedar – an expert on Syria who spent 25 years with IDF military intelligence – continued. “What happened to them will happen to Israel,” he said, in a reference to last month’s onslaught on Kurdish-held areas by Iranian-backed and Iraqi government forces following the September 25 referendum in which 93 percent of Kurdish voters opted for independence.

‘Kurds Fought ISIS…and Were Thrown to the Wolves’

“The Kurds fought ISIS, sacrificed their soldiers and people, and were thrown to the wolves once they had outlived their usefulness,” Kedar asserted. “That is exactly what will happen to Israel once it saves the Arab states from the Iranian threat. And why not? The immediate interests of each state, not the moral rights of the Kurds and the Israelis, are what make the world go round.”

“The Kurds expected the world, headed by the US, to stand behind them once ISIS was defeated, remembering their great contribution to that defeat and supporting their demand for independence,” he noted. “Those hopes were dashed very quickly.”

Revived concern over the prospect of a new war with Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border and the escalation of a bitter of war of words between the Saudi and Iranian regimes have fueled the expectation that Saudi Arabia and its allies and Israel will end their historic enmity. On Thursday, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman described Iran’s “supreme leader,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as “the new Hitler of the Middle East” – echoing the language used by many Israeli and Jewish leaders in their responses to Iran’s frequent threats to eliminate Israel.

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A challenge for the new Labour-led coalition government in NZ…

The Amazon Warrior arrived in Kiwi waters on Saturday ahead of its search for oil on behalf of Austrian company OMV.

The Amazon Warrior arrived in Kiwi waters on Saturday ahead of its search for oil on behalf of Austrian company OMV. Photo credit: file.

Greenpeace is calling on the Government to turn around the world’s largest seismic survey ship, preventing it from searching for oil in the Taranaki Basin.

The Amazon Warrior arrived in Kiwi waters on Saturday ahead of its search for oil on behalf of Austrian company OMV.

Greenpeace climate campaigner Kate Simcock says it appears the Government is yet to approve the vessel’s permit to seismic blast for oil and gas this summer.

With the Taranaki Basin recently found to be New Zealand’s only feeding ground for blue whales, she said it was not too late to turn the Amazon Warrior around.

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Thirty eight years on the families are still pushing for Erebus disaster national memorial

New Zealand’s biggest civil air disaster:


Wreckage from the Air New Zealand DC-10 after it crashed on Mt Erebus in Antarctica.

It’s been 38 years and there still isn’t a national memorial for New Zealand’s worst-ever air disaster.

The families of those who perished in the Erebus disaster are pushing for change, calling for a national memorial to be created in time for the 40th anniversary.

In 1979, 257 people died when a sightseeing Air New Zealand flight crashed into Mt Erebus, Antarctica. It remains the worst aviation disaster in the southern hemisphere.  A memorial for 40th anniversary to be erected

Kiwi singer Lorde wins six more Tuis at 2017 Vodafone NZ Musical Awards

Kiwi singer Lorde wins six more Tuis at the 2017 Vodafone NZ Music Awards. She now has a total of eighteen Tuis…

Lorde at the NZ Music Awards

New Zealand’s most talented musicians recognised at the 2017 ceremony
Lorde continues her reign on top of New Zealand music by claiming six Tuis at tonight’s 52nd Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards at Spark Arena in Auckland.
The 21-year-old, who performed her hit ‘Green Light’ during the show, claimed the Godfrey Hirst Album of the Year for her second album Melodrama, Vodafone Single of the Year for ‘Green Light’, Three Best Solo Artist, and The Edge Best Pop Artist. Her global success was also recognised with the International Achievement Award – a record extending fourth time she has won this award.
Lorde also won the coveted Vodafone People’s Choice Award, with the New Zealand public voting for her as their favourite artist from the past year.
With tonight’s haul, Lorde now has 18 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards to add to her brimming trophy cabinet which already includes two Grammys.

Flash In The Pan…

The Uncommon Origins of Some Common Expressions:


A combat scene:


AN XIII Flintlock Pistol

Flintlock pistol:

The original flash in the pan occurred in the flintlock gun. This was the old unwieldy kind of musket used before the development of the percussion cap or cartridge. The charge that propelled the bullets, in those early days, was in the form of loose gunpowder, which was carefully measured and placed in the pan or flashpan of the gun, where it was ignited (or, all too often, failed to ignite) by a spark from the flint. If the gunpowder was insufficient, it might fizzle or flash rather than explode effectively.

The three related phrases are to hang fire damp squib, and  lock, stock and barrel.

To hang fire  is to delay, to put off one’s decision, to wait and see. Originally, a flintlock gun was said to hang  fire  if it took a long time for the charge to ignite.

damp sqib,  something that fails to live up to expectations, is, literally, a firecracker through being damp fails to generate the climactic bang.

As for lock, stock and barrel, these are the three main components of a musket or rifle: the barrel out in front, the stock – the heavy wooden handle or support – the mechanism designed to explode the ammunition charge – in the middle. So to buy up a business lock stock  and barrel, for instance, has come to mean to buy the whole thing. Or as Australians would say,  the whole kit and caboodle.


Acknowledgements: Readers Digest.