The crashing plane, Donald Trump and the parachutes…

The viral joke that nails Donald Trump:



We’ve had horror, triumph, disbelief, fearbizarre local angles and skyrocketing google searches for ‘nuclear shelter’. And even, dare we say it, the odd bit of humour.

But this joke seems to have captured something previously unexpressed, because it’s doing the rounds of the internet like no other.


An airplane was about to crash. There were 4 passengers on board, but only 3 parachutes.

The 1st passenger said, ‘I am Steph Curry, the best NBA basketball player. The Warriors and my millions of fans need me, and I can’t afford to die.’ So he took the 1st pack and left the plane.

The 2nd passenger, Donald Trump, said, ‘I am the newly-elected US President, and I am the smartest President in American history, so my people don’t want me to die.’ He took the 2nd pack and jumped out of the plane.

The 3rd passenger, the Pope, said to the 4th passenger, a 10-year-old schoolboy, ‘My son, I am old and don’t have many years left, you have more years ahead so I will sacrifice my life and let you have the last parachute.’

The little boy said, ‘That’s okay, Your Holiness, there’s a parachute left for you. America ‘s smartest President took my schoolbag…’

First movie ever shot in New Zealand

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1 December 1898

1898 Auckland Industrial and Mining Exhibition (Alexander Turnbull Library, Eph-D-MEAT-Gear-1898-01)

The first motion pictures known to have been taken in New Zealand were made by photographer W.H. Bartlett for the entrepreneur Alfred Whitehouse, who in 1895 had imported the colony’s first ‘kinetoscope’, a Thomas Edison invention that showed moving images to one viewer at a time.

Bartlett filmed the opening of the Auckland Industrial and Mining Exhibition, including the Newton Band playing, the arrival of the governor with a cavalry escort, and the entry of crowds to the building.

The film was screened for the public using a ‘Cinématographe’ at Bartlett’s Queen St studio on Christmas Eve, with musical interludes provided by another Edison invention, the phonograph. On Boxing Day Bartlett filmed Uhlan winning the Auckland Cup at Ellerslie Racecourse. These films were described as ‘clear and almost free of the flicker which so often mars the…

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Strange seismic waves that rippled around world baffle scientists | detected by a NZer

A photograph of a small island with many steep hills and cliffs

A mysterious ripple of seismic waves has travelled thousands of kilometres across the globe, tripping sensors throughout Africa, Canada, New Zealand, and Hawaii, seemingly without being felt by a single person.

Key points:

Seismic waves beginning off the coast of Mozambique triggered sensors in Kenya, Chile, New Zealand and Canada
The tremors lasted more than 20 minutes
The earthquake went unnoticed until it was picked up by an earthquake enthusiast online

The tremors started just off the shores of Mayotte, a French archipelago in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Africa, and would have flown under the radar if not for an earthquake enthusiast in New Zealand who had been tuned in to the US Geological Survey’s real-time seismogram displays online.

They posted images of the readings to Twitter, prompting researchers around the world to try to deduce where these bizarre waves came from.

Unlike traditional earthquakes, which produce a jolt of various high frequency waves, the readings from the Mayotte tremor picked up consistent low frequency waves that lasted more than 20 minutes. It was as though the planet rang like a bell.

Online theorists suggest covert nuclear tests, sea monsters, or a meteorite as the cause of the tremor, but Goran Ekstrom, a seismologist at Columbia University, told National Geographic the explanation was likely straight-forward.

“I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it [but] it doesn’t mean that, in the end, the cause of them is that exotic,” he said.

Professor Ekstrom suggests that the seismic event actually did begin with an earthquake. He thinks it passed by surreptitiously because it was a slow earthquake.

Slow earthquakes are quieter than traditional quakes because they come from a gradual release of stress that can stretch over a significant period of time.

“The same deformation happens, but it doesn’t happen as a jolt,” Professor Ekstrom said.

Slow earthquakes are quieter than traditional quakes because they come from a gradual release of stress that can stretch over a significant period of time.

“The same deformation happens, but it doesn’t happen as a jolt,” Professor Ekstrom said.

Since May this year, Mayotte has been subjected to what is known as an ‘earthquake swarm’; a cluster of hundreds of seismic events over a period of days or weeks, but the activity has significantly lessened in recent months.

A graph displays the seismological readings of a strange tremor. The waves are short, spaced and consistent in size.

Analysis by the French Geological Survey suggests the strange waves may indicate a mass movement of magma beneath the earth’s crust, such as a chamber collapse.

Rhythmic motion, like sloshing of the molten rock, or a pressure wave ricocheting through the magma body have the potential to resonate in a similar way to the Mayotte readings.

The Democratic Republic of Congo was the site of a similar event in 2002, where a similar slow earthquake and low-frequency waves were linked with a magma chamber collapsing below the Nyiragongo volcano.

ABC News Australia

Nobody knows why the Earth just rang like a bell…

Seismic sensors first picked up the event originating near an island between Madagascar and Africa. Then, alarm bells started ringing as far away as Chile, New Zealand and Canada.

Hawaii, almost exactly on the other side of the planet, also picked up the “event.”

Nobody knows what it was.

Meteorite? Submarine volcano? Nuclear test?

“I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it,” National Geographic reports Columbia University seismologist Göran Ekström as saying. “It doesn’t mean that, in the end, the cause of them is that exotic.”

At the center of the mystery is the tiny island of Mayotte, positioned about halfway between Africa and Madagascar. It’s been subjected to a swarm of earthquakes since May. Most have been minor, but the biggest — on May 8 — was the largest in the island’s recorded history, topping at a magnitude of 5.8.

But the earthquake swarm had been in decline before the mysterious ringing was detected earlier this month.

Ekström, who specializes in unusual earthquakes, points out much about the Nov. 11 event was weird. It was as though the planet rang like a bell, maintaining a low-frequency monotone as it spread.

Earthquakes, by their very nature, usually register as short, sharp “cracks.”

As tensions in the Earth’s crust suddenly release, pulses of clearly identifiable seismic waves radiate outward from where the slippage occurs.

The first signal is called a primary wave: high-frequency compression waves that radiate in bunches.

Then comes a Secondary wave: These high-frequency waves tend to “wiggle” more.

Only then comes the surface waves: These slow, deep rumbles tend to linger, and can circle the Earth several times.

The Nov. 11 event is notable in that no primary or secondary waves were detected.

All that registered was the deep, resonant surface wave. And it didn’t rumble as an earthquake’s surface wave tends to. Instead, it maintained a much cleaner — almost musical — frequency.

National Geographic reports the French Geological Survey suspects a new volcano may be developing off the coast of Mayotte. While the island was created by volcanic activity, it’s been dormant for more than 4,000 years.

The French believe the weird ringing may have been generated by a movement of magma some 30 miles off the coast and deep underwater. This is supported by GPS sensors detecting that Mayotte has moved some 2 inches to the southeast in less than five months.

But it’s a poorly mapped region. Exactly what’s beneath the ocean can only be guessed at.

Ekström believes the unusually pure signal could have been caused by magma sloshing about inside a chamber, or being forced through a gap in subsurface rocks.

But he’s not certain.

The Story of Medusa ~ Greek Mythology

Gary Lite
Published on Nov 28, 2018

The Story of Medusa ~ Greek Mythology

Medusa is one of the most well known and talked about beings from ancient Greek mythology that we have ever heard of.

Hunted by many warriors that wished to claim the prize of her head, many tried, and many have failed. It was said that men who gazed upon her eyes would turn to stone instantly. Generally described as a winged human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair.

Medusa was one of the three Gorgon sisters, daughters of the sea gods Phorcys and Ceto. Medusa – the only mortal among the Gorgon sisters – was also distinguished from them by the fact that she alone was born with a beautiful face. Ovid especially praises the glory of her hair, “most wonderful of all her charms.”

Medusa was not always considered a monster, in fact she was a mortal who was very well known for her stunning beauty until she felt the wrath of Athena, either due to her boastfulness of her beauty or because of an ill-fated love affair with Poseidon.

Her name meant “guardian” and “protectress” and Her story shows the potential cruelty that the Greek gods can have. (Gods can have)

Transformed into a vicious monster with snakes for hair, she was killed by Perseus, who used her still potent head as a weapon, before gifting it to Athena.

Medusa was a priestess to the goddess Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom and battle. One requirement to be a priestess for Athena is that the young woman must be a virgin and give her life to the goddess.
Medusa was stunningly beautiful with luscious hair and was often compared to Athena’s beauty. It wasn’t long before Athena’s jealousy of Medusa became obvious.

Poseidon (The god of the sea) lusted for Medusa and was infatuated by her beauty. Medusa rejected Poseidon, because if she wished to remain the priestess of Athena’s temple, she must remain a virgin.

Poseidon had a conflict with Athena and he saw Medusa as a possession that he could take from the goddess. Eventually Poseidon grew tired of being rejected by Medusa and decided that he would take her by force.

Medusa feared for her life and ran into Athena’s temple hoping Athena would protect her. Athena ignored Medusa’s plea for help, and Poseidon had his way with Medusa, by raping and impregnating the priestess on the steps of Athena’s temple. Poseidon vanished after he was done and left Medusa vulnerable and weak.

Medusa prayed to Athena for guidance and forgiveness. After all, in those days, the gods claimed their mates as their partner forever, and Medusa was now Poseidon’s wife. Athena was in rage that Medusa had lost her virginity to Poseidon, and she decided that she would punish Medusa. Punishment against the gods such as Poseidon was considered unthinkable.

Athena cursed Medusa and the hair that she was once so envious of and turned her hair into a head of venomous snakes. Medusa was now a monster woman.

Medusa was banished from civilization. Anyone who looked into her eyes would be petrified and turned to stone. She looked at them in fear and saw them turn to stone in front of her eyes. She was scared of her powers and angry at the gods for cursing her.
Word spread of the monster that Medusa had become, and she became the target of many warriors that literally wanted her head. All that tried shared the same fate and were turned to stone after looking into Medusa’s eyes. Until Perseus, son of Zeus was tasked with retrieving her head.

Perseus’s mother was being forced into marriage with Polydectes, the king of Seriphos.
Trying to get rid of Perseus, Polydectes sent the great hero on a quest. “Fetch me the head of Medusa,” commanded Polydectes.
In order to complete his task, Perseus required aid from the gods.
He was given a helmet from Hades that made him invisible to Medusa. A pair of winged sandals from Hermes allowed him to reach Medusa. Athena gave him a bronze shield that was able to reflect the gaze of Medusa and lastly, he was given a sword from Z

Helen Clark Says World Needs More Women Leaders

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Former NZ prime minister:

Helen Clark Says World Needs More Women Leaders

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Helen Clark Says World Needs More Women Leaders

In a sit-down interview with CTV National News chief anchor and senior editor Lisa LaFlamme, former prime minister Helen Clark said if more women were in positions of leadership, the world would be a more peaceful place.

Clark said that the reason issues such as women’s health and sexual violence remain so pervasive is due to a lack of women at the table.

“I am of the view that if women were much more prominent in decision making at every level, we would not have the degree of conflict, violence, inequality, hunger, that we see in the world today,” Clark said last week at the Canadian Conference on Global Health, held in Toronto.

“Because I believe that while not every woman in leadership acts in a way that is supportive of women, most do.”


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New post on Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

Rocket Lab now supported by ACC … so what lies inside their secret …

by Pam Vernon

We have posted previously on the Rocket Lab.  For others use the search box. Partnering /funded with Lockheed Martin, the NZ Govt (corporation) and now ACC (corporation)? This is something I am watching. The article below is from

Ollie Neas | Guest writer

Rocket Lab is a celebrated New Zealand success story, with a stated mission to open access to space and improve life on Earth. Yet many of its key contracts are with the US military and their suppliers. Ollie Neas reports on the dark side of a local business hero.

Last Friday Rocket Lab announced that it had secured US$140m (NZ$206m) in new funding from a range of investors, including the publicly-owned ACC.


40 Acres and a Mule…

Have a Laugh:
Black is a very negative thing in America.
For Instance, if the stock market was going to crash, they have Black Monday. You hear someone in court say, “It was the darkest day of my life.” They run over a family and say they “blacked out.” It’s a funeral, “I have to wear black.” Please pick up the white courtesy telephone. As opposed to what? The black rude phone?
The white zone is for loading and unloading only. What is the black one for? Shoplifting?
As a black person living in America I find it interesting that during slavery we worked from sun-up to sundown and they could never think of enough for us to do. There were so many jobs and now that we are free, there are no jobs. There is something wrong with this picture.
When we were slaves we lived in their houses, we dressed their kids, we cooked their food, we warmed their beds. There was no central heating…but now that we are free, they don’t want us in their neighborhoods. There is something wrong with this picture. Agreed?
So that means if slavery comes back to America tomorrow white people will be on their porch steps saying, “Welcome home.” We will all be working.
When Lincoln freed the slaves, they were promised forty acres of land and a mule. My final message to black people is to write your congressman and register yourself to claim the forty acres and mule you were promised. American Indians got their reservations; Japanese got their compensation for World War ll.
We Blacks are still waiting.
This article was originally published in April of 1994 and is part of our Legacy series. Take a look back and laugh with some of the greatest voices in comedy history.