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  • US embassy in Australia apologizes for sending out email with photo of cat...

    10/15/2018 8:02:29 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/15/18 | MORGAN GSTALTER
    US embassy in Australia apologizes for sending out email with photo of cat dressed like Cookie Monster The U.S. embassy in Australia apologized on Monday after it accidentally sent out a photo of a pajama-clad cat dressed like the Cookie Monster. The embassy in Canberra sent out an email invitation titled “meeting” to an unknown number of recipients, the BBC reported. Attached to the email was a photo of a cat wearing blue pajamas to look like “Sesame Street” character Cookie Monster. The text next to the photo read “cat pyjama-jam.” U.S. mission to Australia spokesman Gavin Sundwall told the...
  • Chinese control of South China Sea ‘short of war’ is complete

    09/24/2018 2:58:27 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 59 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/24/18 | USA Features
    In a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis in June, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed that Bejing “cannot lose even one inch of the territory” in the South China Sea. That’s about as plain a warning as one gets: China will defend, militarily, it’s outsized claims in a body of water through which one-third of all global trade passes. The U.S. would have little difficulty in taking out militarily significant targets on any of the islands in question. But that’s not really the point. Through the construction of these artificial islands-turned-military bases, China acted brazenly but in a calculated...
  • Christopher Steele, MI6, and the Trump Dossier -- Update

    09/23/2018 12:00:40 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/23/18 | Lee Cary
    “How did they [Britain, Australia] get access to the FISA documents that Congress and the American people have not been given?” Back on February 23, 2018, the CFP posted an article entitled “Christopher Steele, MI6, and the Trump Dossier.” The post closed as follows: “Today, the public narrative of Christopher Steele’s association with the Trump Dossier reads like this:
  • Ford's 'Too Afraid to Fly to DC' But She Plotted Move to NZ After 2016 Election & Attended U Of Haw

    09/22/2018 6:05:11 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 76 replies
    Information Liberation ^ | 09-22-2018 | Chris Menahan
    In a bid which further delayed a vote on Judge Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford's associates claimed earlier this week that Ford's too afraid to fly to Washington DC from California and instead needs to drive. As ABC News reported on Friday: [L]awyers for Ford are asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to schedule a hearing for her to be heard on Thursday, allowing time for Ford to make the drive from California to Washington D.C. Ford's friend, Kate Devarney, told CNN this week that Ford's fear of flying is directly related to her allegation of assault, and that an airplane is...
  • Who Built The Kaimanawa Wall?

    04/10/2006 2:58:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 221+ views
    Science Frontiers ^ | Sep-Oct 1996 | William R. Corliss
    Some 30 kilometers south of Lake Taupo, in New Zealand, stands an enigmatic array of stone blocks. It "looks" like a wall; a human-built wall. It also "looks" old; perhaps 2,000 years old according to some... B. Brailsford, of Christchurch, has been the chief investigator of the Kaimanawa wall, aided by American D.H. Childress, and others. The stones that make up the wall are 4-ton blocks of ignimbrite, a soft volcanic rock that could have been easily dressed with stone tools. The wall is topped by a red beech tree 2.9 meters in circumference and over a meter of accumulated...
  • Cats could be banned in a New Zealand town. ‘It’s like a police state,’ resident says

    08/30/2018 2:04:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    www.miamiherald.com ^ | By Josh Magness
    “It’s like a police state.” That is Nico Jarvis’ complaint after the New Zealand government announced a plan to eventually ban all cats in her village of Omaui, according to the Otago Daily Times. Ali Meade, biosecurity operations manager for Environment Southland, said the proposed plan would prevent people from purchasing any new cats — and require owners to neuter, register and microchip any current felines they have at home, the newspaper reported. The ban is needed because Omaui has nature reserves, Meade reportedly told Newshub, and the cats are “preying on native birds” and “all sorts of things.” New...
  • Venezuela’s Tyranny of Bad Ideas

    08/27/2018 4:31:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 26, 2018 | Daniel Pipes
    Ideas run the world. Good ones create freedom and wealth; bad ones, oppression and poverty. You are not what you eat, but what you think. Politicians in particular fall under the sway of ideas. As John Maynard Keynes put it, “Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. . . . It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.” The...
  • Monstrous giant squid discovered on New Zealand beach (PHOTOS)

    08/27/2018 10:12:26 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 49 replies
    RT ^ | 27 Aug 2018
    A monster-like 4.2 meter-long (13ft) giant squid – which brings to mind the mysterious kraken – has been discovered on a Wellington beach by shocked New Zealand brothers out for a morning dive.
  • Monster squid goes viral after it washed up in New Zealand

    08/27/2018 9:14:04 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/27/18 | Chris Ciaccia
    An enormous 14-foot squid has washed up on the shores of Wellington, New Zealand, prompting images of the colossal cephalopod to go viral. Three brothers, Dan, Jack and Matthew Aplin, stumbled upon the find on Saturday. Dan is a member of the Ocean Hunter Spearfishing & Freediving Specialists in Wellington, which posted several images of the impressive squid to its Facebook page. "Wellington team member Dan had an interesting find in Wellington this morning!" the Ocean Hunter Spearfishing & Freediving Specialists captioned the images. The post had been shared almost 6,000 times as of Monday morning.
  • Spaghetti injunction: Pastafarianism is not a religion, Dutch court rules

    08/17/2018 3:47:01 AM PDT · by blueplum · 26 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 17 Aug 2018 | Jon Henley
    Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster follower denied right to wear colander in ID photos The Dutch council of state has ruled that Pastafarianism is not a religion, denying a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster the right to wear a colander on her head in her passport and driving licence photo. Mienke de Wilde is now considering taking her case to the European court of human rights. The Netherlands’ highest court said de Wilde, a law student from Nijmegen, could not be exempted on religious grounds from a ban on headwear in ...
  • Taste for Vegemite Dictated by DNA

    09/09/2017 7:22:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    Sky News ^ | Saturday, 9 September 2017
    A study has revealed people's like or dislike for Vegemite is in their DNA. Whether people love or hate the yeast-based spread is reportedly down to their parents, according to a new study by DNAFit - one of the UK's top genetic research centres - who have discovered your genes determine whether or not you enjoy the opinion-dividing snack. DNAFit asked 260 adults to taste a 2g serving of Marmite, the British equivalent of Vegemite, before filling out a questionnaire noting their reaction to it, and after analysing the DNA of each participant, researchers discovered the make up of 15...
  • UN envoy demands Trump resume funding to UNRWA

    07/24/2018 11:18:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 44 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/7/18 | Ben Ariel
    The UN special envoy to the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov on Tuesday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to resume funding he had cut to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN agency which assists “Palestinian refugees”. Addressing a UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East and quoted by Haaretz, Mladenov said that "UNRWA’s financial crisis remains a very serious concern. At present, UNRWA needs some $217 million to sustain its work in 2018. I urge the swift mobilization of support to enable the continuity of assistance and a maintenance of stability on the ground in the region."...
  • Goochland mom shoots man who flew around the world to track down her teenage daughter

    06/26/2018 8:46:06 AM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    WVTR ^ | June 25, 2018 | Melissa Hipolit, Web Staff and Laura French,
    GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. -- The FBI is now investigating after a woman shot a New Zealand man outside her Goochland County home Friday afternoon. Troy Skinner, 25, flew to Virginia to meet the woman's teenage daughter after the two chatted online using Discord, a service popular among gamers, the Goochland County Sheriff said. The 14-year-old girl's mother shot Skinner when he attempted to break into the family's home in the Holland Hills community, the sheriff said. "He was not invited here, he was not expected here, he had been told in the past that the daughter no longer wished to...
  • If US-North Korea summit ends with denuclearisation, Trump's part 'needs to be acknowledged'

    06/09/2018 11:05:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    TVNZ ^ | June 9, 2018
    As the highly anticipated summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un nears, Corin Dann of TVNZ1's Q+A explains why the summit is important, for both the Asia-Pacific region and for New Zealand. "If you go back a year, there really was a great fear Kim Jong Un had developed these missiles and developed that nuclear programme to a point he could effectively fire missiles at the US. But if you're already in Asia, or in Japan in particular, they were firing missiles over Japan. There was a feeling things were really getting a lot more...
  • Clinton Foundation gets another $5.5m from NZ taxpayers

    05/09/2018 10:11:51 PM PDT · by bitt · 21 replies
    m.scoop.co.nz ^ | 7 MAY 2018 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
    Clinton Foundation gets another $5.5m from NZ taxpayers A subsidiary of the controversial Clinton Foundation is set to receive US$3.9m (NZ$5.5m) in taxpayer money in 2018/19, the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union can confirm. This is in addition to NZ$8m given to the organisation since 2014. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) claims that the organisation in question, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, is a separate entity. This is absurd – the Clinton Foundation appoints the organisation’s directors, making it a subsidiary in legal terms.” “The Foundation is currently under investigation by...
  • Hillary Clinton goes after 'reality TV' Trump in New Zealand speech

    05/07/2018 4:34:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 7, 2018 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn | Fox News
    While promoting her book "What Happened" in New Zealand, Hillary Clinton castigated President Trump for having run a "reality TV" campaign. She also decried sexism in the U.S. that she said contributed to her election loss. Hillary Clinton slammed President Trump as a “reality TV” candidate and again claimed sexism contributed to her defeat in the 2016 election while on a speaking tour in Auckland, New Zealand on Monday. Clinton, who is promoting her book “What Happened,” took multiple jabs at Trump throughout her speech and during interviews with New Zealand media, although she didn’t mention him by name much,...
  • Hillary Clinton goes after 'reality TV' Trump in New Zealand speech

    05/07/2018 9:54:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 79 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 7, 2018 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Hillary Clinton slammed President Trump as a “reality TV” candidate and again claimed sexism contributed to her defeat in the 2016 election while on a speaking tour in Auckland, New Zealand on Monday. Clinton, who is promoting her book “What Happened,” took multiple jabs at Trump throughout her speech and during interviews with New Zealand media, although she didn’t mention him by name much, the New Zealand Herald reported. In particular, she called him “a creep” for standing close behind her during a town hall-style debate, a moment during the campaign she’s often brought up since the election. The 2016...
  • Australia and New Zealand warn China against Vanuatu base

    04/12/2018 1:19:21 AM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/ ^ | 4/10/18 | Rod McGuirk |
    CANBERRA, Australia — Australia and New Zealand warned China on Tuesday against building any military base in the South Pacific, following media reports that the Chinese have proposed a permanent stronghold in Vanuatu. Fairfax Media reported that China had approached the former French colony about building a permanent military presence in the South Pacific. China and Vanuatu denied the reports. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Vanuatu also assured his government that “no such request has been made” by China. “We would view with great concern the establishment of any foreign military bases in those Pacific island countries and neighbors...
  • Tariffs Were Killing New Zealand’s Economy. Free Trade Turned It Around.

    03/22/2018 9:08:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 16, 2018 | Patrick Tyrrell and Caleb Pascoe
    The new tariffs announced by President Donald Trump have generated intense controversy. With the debate ongoing, it might be useful to examine how other countries have dealt with similar policy debates in the past. New Zealand now ranks third in The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom and is one of the champions of economic freedom around the world. But it wasn’t always so. In the mid-1980s, New Zealand was facing an economic crisis, with its domestic market and international trade both heavily regulated. Unemployment had reached 11 percent, and inflation was a sky-high 15 percent. In response, the government...
  • New Zealand Teenager Tried to Kill Queen Elizabeth in 1981

    03/05/2018 4:07:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    A teenager tried to kill Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to New Zealand in 1981, declassified official documents confirm. Christopher Lewis, 17, fired a shot as the Queen toured the city of Dunedin, New Zealand's Security Intelligence Service (SIS) said. Police had said at the time that the gunshot sound had been caused by a sign falling over, local media report. A former police officer and local media have suggested a cover-up took place. New Zealand feared future royal tours could be cancelled, it is claimed. The royal parade took place in Dunedin on 14 October 1981. Police and...