Agent Orange and chilling photos of the war-crime that the US got away with…


This Kiwi soldier and others who served in Vietnam died through the effects of Agent Orange?


Spraying from ground and air – Agent Orange contained one of the the most toxic chemicals ever – dioxin. This chemical was also manufactured in NZ to spray canefields in Fiji.

See some of the most horrible images connected with Agent Orange.

Ron Asher – In the Jaws of the Dragon: How China is taking over New Zealand and Australia


Ron Asher – In the Jaws of the Dragon: How China Is Taking Over New Zealand

Ron Asher is a New Zealand writer and commentator on current affairs. He lived in Hong Kong when it was a British colony and has become increasingly concerned at the way that China, through its state owned companies, is gaining enormous economic leverage over the New Zealand economy, aided and abetted by treacherous politicians who are well rewarded by the Communist regime after they retire from politics. Ron is the author of In the Jaws of the Dragon: How China Is Taking Over New Zealand.

Ron joins us for a conversation on China that is both fascinating and unsettling. To begin, Ron tells us about his book, In the Jaws of the Dragon. We learn that China has been systematically buying up land in New Zealand. Ron tells us about Confucius Institutes, which are used by the Chinese government for espionage and propaganda. We discuss how China, despite being Communist in name, is not Marxist in any meaningful sense. This leads to a discussion on the current state of China, which, as Ron explains, is corrupt, polluted, and has no rule of law. The first hour also touches on the recent increase in Chinese militarism, the difference between mainland Chinese and those in Hong Kong, and the NZ-China Free Trade Agreement.

In the members’ hour, we resume our discussion on China and New Zealand. Ron outlines how Chinese involvement in the New Zealand rail system has had disastrous results. We discuss Chinese tourism in New Zealand, with Ron explaining that Chinese tourists stick to Chinese-owned restaurants, tours companies, and other businesses, ensuring that their money remains in Chinese hands. Switching gears, we discuss how Chinese colonization is perfectly fine from a free market perspective, and why regulation is thus needed to ensure that New Zealand remains autonomous. The members’ hour also covers much more, including China’s abhorrent labor practices, and what we can learn from the British colonization of Fiji.

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Peter Petterson: A most interesting book. I will try and get it from the local library some time. There is a lot of concern in New Zealand about Chinese interests buying houses,  properties,  businesses and rural land including farms in NZ and reports have come out of Australia of sales to Chinese interests of large outback properties. With a change to a left of centre government in NZ, I would expect reports to be released about this very subject in future. I read it has been very easy for Chinese nationals in recent years to get finance at low interest rates and purchase and sell properties and businesses overseas. This may well slow down in the future.

Wellington rail strike – end contracting out!

Contract should be cancelled.

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Chris Morley Tramways Chris Morley from the Tramways Union speaks in solidarity with striking RMTU members yesterday. (Image credit: Sam Huggard, CTU)

By Martin Gregory

Privatisation, in the form of contracting out, lies behind the Wellington rail dispute between Rail and Maritime Transport Union members and their employers Transdev Wellington and its maintenance subcontractor Hyundai Rotem. Greater Wellington Regional Council contracted Transdev to operate the region’s passenger services from July 2016 for 15 years. Previously the service was run by Trans Metro, the regional arm of state-owned KiwiRail. The railway workers went over to Transdev and Hyundai Rotem on the conditions of their existing collective agreement. Lo and behold, at the first opportunity Transdev and Hyundai Rotem are attempting to cut conditions. The main attack is a pay cut. Transdev want to cut penalty rates: double-time down to time-and-a-half, and time-and-a-half down to time-and-a-quarter.

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Discover Christchurch City

Originally Published June 21st 2015  on Weekendnotes:

The theme on my local radio station tonight is Your Hometown. That is thought provoking for me. I miss my hometown and would love to be there this very weekend.

Like thousands of other New Zealanders and those from other countries around the world, I don’t reside in my home town. In my particular case I have been away for over 40 years, and return home occasionally. Unfortunately I have been back more for funerals and memorials than for leisure reasons.

Yes, poor old earthquake battered Christchurch City in Canterbury is my hometown. The most distinctive part of the city is ChristChurch Cathedral, Christchurch.

This wonderful old cathedral from the 19th century is now in the local idium “munted”, and is so badly damaged it needs replacing in part or rebuilt. There is now a campaign between the owners, the Anglican Church, and a restoration group with differing ideas. The Christchurch City Council finds itself in many ways torn between the interests of both – it wants to see the cathedral restored or rebuilt as soon as possible because it was a major tourist mecca as well. The costs could vary from $40 million to $100 million dollars.

About 75% of the CBD was destroyed or has had to be demolished. Throughout the east side of the city and the Port Hills in the southern part of the city there are areas ‘redzoned’, or unfit for restoration of houses, and buildings, private and commercial. Thousands of insurance claims have yet to be settled, and many people live in damaged houses not redzoned or in garages, sheds and cars – four and a half to five years after the major earthquakes and 12000 odd aftershocks. Many streets and infrastructure are still being repaired or restored in the East.

Of course a majority of Christchurch people may not still be directly affected directly, but tens of thousands are indirectly affected. Tourists still flock to the city, many on the way to the great tourist spots of the South Island like Queenstown, the lakes and the mountains, so well known outside of New Zealand as the Southern Alps.

Despite the damage caused to sporting and other leisure facilities, Canterbury people and others still flock to the largest city of the South Island for winter and summer sports. Christchurch will have a rugby test international this year at a rebuilt smaller stadium after the city’s main stadium was destroyed. The earthquakes prevented the city from having games at the last Rugby World Cup held in New Zealand in 2011. Christchurch an Canterbury people have and remain ‘sports mad’ – it’s all part of DNA – very much a New Zealand trait.

I have a daughter and her two sons who have lived in my hometown for a couple of years now and are becoming ‘Christchurch people’. I flew down for the younger boy’s eighth birthday in 2014. I was born and raised there and left for my domestic experience at the age of twenty years. I lived in Dunedin, Auckland and the Waikato for nearly three years, before arriving and staying permanently in the Hutt Valley area of Wellington, getting married and settling down.

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Kiwi Peter Burling – World Sailor of the Year…


Peter Burling Named World Sailor of the Year

“America’s Cup winner Peter Burling has been named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year — only the second Kiwi sailor to take the prize more than once,” as reported in an article in Irish marine magazine Afloat.

Burling was unable to receive the award in person as “he’s currently busy on the deck of Team Brunel off the coast of North West Africa as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet slogs it out in the trade winds on their run south towards the doldrums.”

“It’s awesome.  It has been a really cool year up in Bermuda. It’s awesome to get that accolade,” Burling said after finding out about his win, as reported on Stuff.

“Thanks for all the support. Obviously it’s been an amazing year. There are so many people that have helped us and the team out along the way. I’m just a small part of a 90-person team and it’s just awesome what Team New Zealand managed to achieve.”

“Their first big strategic hurdle looms large in the first of several climate zone transitions the fleet will have to make on the way to Cape Town,” reports the article.

Article Source: Afloat, November 8, 2017

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Nikola Tesla’s lost papers – antigravity technology…

As explained by Tesla himself, the Earth is “…like a charged metal ball moving through space”


As explained by Tesla himself, the Earth is “…like a charged metal ball moving through space”, which creates the enormous, rapidly varying electrostatic forces which diminish in intensity with the square of the distance from Earth, just like gravity. Since the direction of propagation radiates from the earth, the so-called force of gravity is toward earth.

We all know that Nikola Tesla was a man far ahead of his time. Tesla envisioned a future on planet Earth where free energy was available for everyone, but his ideas and inventions went far beyond electricity, and energy.

If it wasn’t for Tesla, we’d probably still have no idea about Radio, Television, AC electricity, Tesla coil, Fluorescent lighting, Neon lighting, Radio control devices, Robotics, X-rays, Radar, Microwaves and dozens of other amazing inventions.

William R. Lyne, a Tesla ‘scholar’ and author of the book “Occult Ether Physics”, states that among the manuscripts found in the scientist’s house were numerous notes on antigravity.

In his book, Lyne says that Tesla spent the last years of his life collecting information on a revolutionary propulsion system that would use the ether’s force to mobilize objects. The writer based his theory on the last lectures given by Tesla, in which he spoke of his latest discoveries, capable of changing all the conceptions related to physics known by man.


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Twitter doubles its character count to 280…

1-NZ_SNF_2017_160x600It’s official. We’re going to 280. Now every Twitter user — from first-day users to President Donald Trump — will have twice the room to share their thoughts.

Twitter on Tuesday confirmed that it is doubling its iconic character count for good, after a month or so of tests trying out longer tweets.

While many Twitter users reacted with horror to the tests, Twitter said in a blog post that the higher limit made people more likely to tweet, left fewer than 1 percent of users hungry for more room and increased “engagement” — its umbrella term for likes, replies and retweets.

(For those having trouble visualizing the difference, the second paragraph of this article has 140 characters; the third has 280.)

Twitter originally hit on the 140-character limit as a nod to the character limits placed on early text messages, when it was founded in 2007. SMS messages had a 160-character limit, and Twitter wanted users to be able to post messages via phone, with enough room for a username.

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What are the Paradise Papers and what is the firm Appleby…


What is the leak and who is behind the firm Appleby?

The Paradise Papers are the largest leak in history with more than 13.4 million files revealing the workings of the tax haven industry.

Over half of those documents, 6.8 million, emanate from the offshore law firm, Appleby, but the leak also includes roughly half-a-million documents from the Singapore-based Asiaciti Trust and a further 6 million documents from corporate registries located in 19 tax havens.

The cache of documents reveals an industry designed to sell secrecy. It also offers rare insights into the complex offshore structures used by multinationals to minimise their tax bills.

The leaks were obtained by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and over 90 media partners including Four Corners.

The files include emails, bank statements, court documents and client records covering a period of 66 years — from 1950 to 2016

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What makes a ‘great’ sporting leader?


The Captain Class:  A book review.

A book that tries to define what makes a great sporting leader is rewarding mainly for its anecdotes.

The Captain Class must be a good book. It mentions Richie McCaw, Buck Shelford, Graham Henry and Grizz Wyllie. The All Blacks are the only team to get two mentions in its list of sport’s 16 most elite ensembles.

US journalist Sam Walker researched 1200 teams across the world from the past 130 years to identify “the top 10% of the top 1%” units and leaders. Yes, I hear you ask, “Why?”