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2020.11.22 15:57 enterprisevalue Ontario November 22 update: 1534 New Cases, 1429 Recoveries, 14 Deaths, 46,389 tests (3.31% positive), Current ICUs: 147 (+1 vs. yesterday) (+29 vs. last week)

Link to report: https://files.ontario.ca/moh-covid-19-report-en-2020-11-22.pdf
Detailed tables: Google Sheets mode and HTML of Sheets, loads faster but looks ugly
As we often observe on weekends, a number of hospitals (approximately 40) did not submit data to the Daily Bed Census for November 20. We anticipate the number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases.
Global Comparison (Last 14 days/100k / % positive (week)) - Full list on Tab 6 of my spreadsheet (NSFLife)
Reporting_PHU Today Averages->> Last 7 Prev 7 Per 100k->> Last 7/100k Prev 7/100k Source (week %)->> Close contact Community Outbreak Travel Ages (week %)->> <40 40-69 70+ More Averages->> Oct Sep Aug Jul Jun May
Total 1534 1414.7 1407.9 74.7 74.3 58.7 50.7 -10.4 1.1 52.4 37.8 9.8 774.8 313.4 100.1 133.8 240.3 376.7
Peel 490 412 405 208.7 205.2 72.3 21.3 5.8 0.7 57.7 35.5 6.8 151.9 65.7 19.7 23.9 45.2 69.4
Toronto PHU 460 448 445.6 114.8 114.2 35.1 88.6 -24.3 0.7 51 38.1 10.9 286.2 110.4 21.1 33.9 97.7 168.9
York 130 148 136 93.3 85.8 58.1 42.8 -1 0.1 44.6 45.5 10.1 80.3 26.1 6.2 9.7 18.8 28.8
Hamilton 66 40.9 41.7 53.3 54.4 36.7 36 26.9 0.3 49.2 34.2 16.4 20.9 6.1 2.7 1.7 5.4 8.4
Waterloo Region 54 45 47.1 58.9 61.7 60 24.1 15.2 0.6 50.8 35.9 13.6 13.6 9 2.8 2.7 7.2 13.2
Durham 50 51.9 48.7 56.2 52.8 59.5 26.4 12.9 1.1 54.9 40.6 5.2 26.7 8.8 3 3.4 8.2 16.6
Halton 48 48.4 50.9 61.8 64.9 53.7 40.7 5 0.6 52.7 37.7 9.4 27.9 9.7 1.9 2.3 3.7 6.2
Ottawa 32 38 56.6 28.5 42.4 239.8 127.1 -276.7 9.8 57.2 30.8 12 86.5 44.9 14.4 14.1 4.7 20.5
Wellington-Guelph 30 20.7 14 51 34.5 51 37.9 9 2.1 50.4 40.7 8.3 7 2.8 1.1 1.7 3.2 3.6
Windsor 29 27.4 23 48.1 40.4 64.6 40.6 -9.9 4.7 53.1 39.5 7.3 5.6 4.6 7 22.8 20.9 12.3
Simcoe-Muskoka 24 27 23.4 35 30.4 59.8 27 11.6 1.6 47 40.8 12.1 15.6 6.3 1.5 2.1 4.3 6.4
Niagara 22 21.9 27.3 34.2 42.6 60.1 26.1 11.8 2 45.7 42.5 11.8 11.4 4.6 2.4 3.5 3.8 5.1
Grey Bruce 16 9.1 3.7 39.5 16.1 34.4 62.5 3.1 0 48.5 40.6 10.9 1.2 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.6 0.4
Brant 12 9 6 46.7 31.1 50.8 61.9 -14.3 1.6 49.1 30.2 20.7 4.5 0.9 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.5
Thunder Bay 11 9.4 4.1 43.5 19.1 22.7 12.1 63.6 1.5 19.6 62.1 18.2 0.4 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.3
Haldimand-Norfolk 10 4.3 2.6 27.4 16.4 33.3 56.7 3.3 6.7 40.1 43.4 16.6 1.6 0.4 0.7 0.5 7.5 1
Eastern Ontario 7 5.6 7 19.2 24.2 59 12.8 28.2 0 48.7 30.8 20.5 10.9 2.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.8
London 7 14.1 21.4 21.7 32.9 61.6 32.3 4 2 68.6 21.2 10.1 8.4 4.8 1.8 1.5 3.1 4.3
Huron Perth 5 4.6 9.3 54 109.6 68.8 28.1 0 3.1 50 37.6 12.4 0.8 0.2 1.7 0.4 0.2 0.2
Northwestern 5 1.9 1.1 17 10.5 46.2 46.2 0 7.7 30.8 53.9 15.4 0.7 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.5 0.2
Chatham-Kent 4 3.9 3.7 26.5 25.5 63 7.4 29.6 0 70.3 29.6 0 1.3 0.2 3.9 2.8 0.5 2
Haliburton, Kawartha 4 2 1.1 7.8 4.5 57.1 50 -7.1 0 50 21.4 28.5 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.7 0.5
Southwestern 4 7.3 8.7 57.3 68.6 60.8 31.4 0 7.8 47.1 29.4 23.5 1.7 0.5 3.6 1.9 0.3 0.5
Hastings 4 2 1.3 8.7 5.6 50 21.4 28.6 0 50 42.8 7.1 0.6 0.2 0.2 0 0 0.1
Peterborough 3 2.7 2.3 13.7 11.6 -68.4 36.8 136.8 -5.3 42.2 31.6 26.3 0.9 0.5 0.3 0 0.3 0
Rest 7 9.6 16.3 5.9 10 75 25 -1.5 1.5 61.8 33.8 4.4 7.8 3.1 2 2.5 2.2 5.5
Canada comparison:
Province Yesterday Averages->> Last 7 Prev 7 Per 100k->> Last 7/100k Prev 7/100k Positive % - last 7
Canada 4992 4732.3 4647.1 88.1 86.5 6.25
Ontario 1588 1373.9 1419.4 66 68.2 3.65
Quebec 1189 1177.9 1317.1 97.2 108.7 11.19
Alberta 1336 992.9 794.4 159 127.2 6.93
British Columbia 0 547.9 560.4 75.6 77.4 8.62
Manitoba 385 407.3 394.9 208.2 201.8 13.59
Saskatchewan 433 202.4 154.6 120.6 92.1 11.38
Wayyytoomuchovut 25 15 0.4 270.8 7.7 23.23
New Brunswick 23 8.6 1.6 7.7 1.4 1.69
Nova Scotia 8 3.7 2.4 2.7 1.7 0.45
Newfoundland 5 2.1 0.7 2.9 1 0.71
Yukon 0 0.7 0.1 12.2 2.4 2.07
Prince Edward Island 0 0 0.3 0 1.3 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0.7 0 11.2 0
Today's deaths:
Reporting_PHU Age_Group Client_Gender Case_AcquisitionInfo Case_Reported_Date Episode_Date 2020-11-22
York 80s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-11 2020-11-10 1
York 80s FEMALE Community 2020-11-09 2020-11-07 1
Huron Perth 90s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-09 2020-11-07 1
Halton 90s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-10 2020-11-07 1
Toronto PHU 60s MALE Community 2020-11-09 2020-11-06 1
Hamilton 90s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-07 2020-11-05 1
Halton 70s FEMALE Close contact 2020-11-07 2020-11-04 1
Toronto PHU 80s MALE Community 2020-11-11 2020-11-03 1
York 80s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-05 2020-11-02 -1
Toronto PHU 90s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-02 2020-10-31 1
Toronto PHU 80s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-11 2020-10-30 1
Toronto PHU 80s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-01 2020-10-30 1
Toronto PHU 90s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-11 2020-10-28 1
Toronto PHU 60s MALE Community 2020-10-27 2020-10-21 1
Toronto PHU 80s FEMALE Community 2020-11-03 2020-10-16 1
Toronto PHU 80s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-07 2020-10-07 1
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2020.11.22 15:57 enterprisevalue Ontario November 22 update: 1534 New Cases, 1429 Recoveries, 14 Deaths, 46,389 tests (3.31% positive), Current ICUs: 147 (+1 vs. yesterday) (+29 vs. last week)

Link to report: https://files.ontario.ca/moh-covid-19-report-en-2020-11-22.pdf
Detailed tables: Google Sheets mode and HTML of Sheets, loads faster but looks ugly
As we often observe on weekends, a number of hospitals (approximately 40) did not submit data to the Daily Bed Census for November 20. We anticipate the number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases.
Global Comparison (Last 14 days/100k / % positive (week)) - Full list on Tab 6 of my spreadsheet (NSFLife)
Reporting_PHU Today Averages->> Last 7 Prev 7 Per 100k->> Last 7/100k Prev 7/100k Source (week %)->> Close contact Community Outbreak Travel Ages (week %)->> <40 40-69 70+ More Averages->> Oct Sep Aug Jul Jun May
Total 1534 1414.7 1407.9 74.7 74.3 58.7 50.7 -10.4 1.1 52.4 37.8 9.8 774.8 313.4 100.1 133.8 240.3 376.7
Peel 490 412 405 208.7 205.2 72.3 21.3 5.8 0.7 57.7 35.5 6.8 151.9 65.7 19.7 23.9 45.2 69.4
Toronto PHU 460 448 445.6 114.8 114.2 35.1 88.6 -24.3 0.7 51 38.1 10.9 286.2 110.4 21.1 33.9 97.7 168.9
York 130 148 136 93.3 85.8 58.1 42.8 -1 0.1 44.6 45.5 10.1 80.3 26.1 6.2 9.7 18.8 28.8
Hamilton 66 40.9 41.7 53.3 54.4 36.7 36 26.9 0.3 49.2 34.2 16.4 20.9 6.1 2.7 1.7 5.4 8.4
Waterloo Region 54 45 47.1 58.9 61.7 60 24.1 15.2 0.6 50.8 35.9 13.6 13.6 9 2.8 2.7 7.2 13.2
Durham 50 51.9 48.7 56.2 52.8 59.5 26.4 12.9 1.1 54.9 40.6 5.2 26.7 8.8 3 3.4 8.2 16.6
Halton 48 48.4 50.9 61.8 64.9 53.7 40.7 5 0.6 52.7 37.7 9.4 27.9 9.7 1.9 2.3 3.7 6.2
Ottawa 32 38 56.6 28.5 42.4 239.8 127.1 -276.7 9.8 57.2 30.8 12 86.5 44.9 14.4 14.1 4.7 20.5
Wellington-Guelph 30 20.7 14 51 34.5 51 37.9 9 2.1 50.4 40.7 8.3 7 2.8 1.1 1.7 3.2 3.6
Windsor 29 27.4 23 48.1 40.4 64.6 40.6 -9.9 4.7 53.1 39.5 7.3 5.6 4.6 7 22.8 20.9 12.3
Simcoe-Muskoka 24 27 23.4 35 30.4 59.8 27 11.6 1.6 47 40.8 12.1 15.6 6.3 1.5 2.1 4.3 6.4
Niagara 22 21.9 27.3 34.2 42.6 60.1 26.1 11.8 2 45.7 42.5 11.8 11.4 4.6 2.4 3.5 3.8 5.1
Grey Bruce 16 9.1 3.7 39.5 16.1 34.4 62.5 3.1 0 48.5 40.6 10.9 1.2 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.6 0.4
Brant 12 9 6 46.7 31.1 50.8 61.9 -14.3 1.6 49.1 30.2 20.7 4.5 0.9 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.5
Thunder Bay 11 9.4 4.1 43.5 19.1 22.7 12.1 63.6 1.5 19.6 62.1 18.2 0.4 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.3
Haldimand-Norfolk 10 4.3 2.6 27.4 16.4 33.3 56.7 3.3 6.7 40.1 43.4 16.6 1.6 0.4 0.7 0.5 7.5 1
Eastern Ontario 7 5.6 7 19.2 24.2 59 12.8 28.2 0 48.7 30.8 20.5 10.9 2.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.8
London 7 14.1 21.4 21.7 32.9 61.6 32.3 4 2 68.6 21.2 10.1 8.4 4.8 1.8 1.5 3.1 4.3
Huron Perth 5 4.6 9.3 54 109.6 68.8 28.1 0 3.1 50 37.6 12.4 0.8 0.2 1.7 0.4 0.2 0.2
Northwestern 5 1.9 1.1 17 10.5 46.2 46.2 0 7.7 30.8 53.9 15.4 0.7 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.5 0.2
Chatham-Kent 4 3.9 3.7 26.5 25.5 63 7.4 29.6 0 70.3 29.6 0 1.3 0.2 3.9 2.8 0.5 2
Haliburton, Kawartha 4 2 1.1 7.8 4.5 57.1 50 -7.1 0 50 21.4 28.5 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.7 0.5
Southwestern 4 7.3 8.7 57.3 68.6 60.8 31.4 0 7.8 47.1 29.4 23.5 1.7 0.5 3.6 1.9 0.3 0.5
Hastings 4 2 1.3 8.7 5.6 50 21.4 28.6 0 50 42.8 7.1 0.6 0.2 0.2 0 0 0.1
Peterborough 3 2.7 2.3 13.7 11.6 -68.4 36.8 136.8 -5.3 42.2 31.6 26.3 0.9 0.5 0.3 0 0.3 0
Rest 7 9.6 16.3 5.9 10 75 25 -1.5 1.5 61.8 33.8 4.4 7.8 3.1 2 2.5 2.2 5.5
Canada comparison:
Province Yesterday Averages->> Last 7 Prev 7 Per 100k->> Last 7/100k Prev 7/100k Positive % - last 7
Canada 4992 4732.3 4647.1 88.1 86.5 6.25
Ontario 1588 1373.9 1419.4 66 68.2 3.65
Quebec 1189 1177.9 1317.1 97.2 108.7 11.19
Alberta 1336 992.9 794.4 159 127.2 6.93
British Columbia 0 547.9 560.4 75.6 77.4 8.62
Manitoba 385 407.3 394.9 208.2 201.8 13.59
Saskatchewan 433 202.4 154.6 120.6 92.1 11.38
Wayyytoomuchovut 25 15 0.4 270.8 7.7 23.23
New Brunswick 23 8.6 1.6 7.7 1.4 1.69
Nova Scotia 8 3.7 2.4 2.7 1.7 0.45
Newfoundland 5 2.1 0.7 2.9 1 0.71
Yukon 0 0.7 0.1 12.2 2.4 2.07
Prince Edward Island 0 0 0.3 0 1.3 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0.7 0 11.2 0
Today's deaths:
Reporting_PHU Age_Group Client_Gender Case_AcquisitionInfo Case_Reported_Date Episode_Date 2020-11-22
York 80s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-11 2020-11-10 1
York 80s FEMALE Community 2020-11-09 2020-11-07 1
Huron Perth 90s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-09 2020-11-07 1
Halton 90s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-10 2020-11-07 1
Toronto PHU 60s MALE Community 2020-11-09 2020-11-06 1
Hamilton 90s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-07 2020-11-05 1
Halton 70s FEMALE Close contact 2020-11-07 2020-11-04 1
Toronto PHU 80s MALE Community 2020-11-11 2020-11-03 1
York 80s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-05 2020-11-02 -1
Toronto PHU 90s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-02 2020-10-31 1
Toronto PHU 80s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-11 2020-10-30 1
Toronto PHU 80s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-01 2020-10-30 1
Toronto PHU 90s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-11 2020-10-28 1
Toronto PHU 60s MALE Community 2020-10-27 2020-10-21 1
Toronto PHU 80s FEMALE Community 2020-11-03 2020-10-16 1
Toronto PHU 80s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-07 2020-10-07 1
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2020.11.16 15:59 enterprisevalue Ontario November 16 update: 1487 New Cases, 992 Recoveries, 10 Deaths, 33,351 tests (4.46% positive), Current ICUs: 125 (+7 vs. yesterday) (+41 vs. last week)

Link to report: https://files.ontario.ca/moh-covid-19-report-en-2020-11-16.pdf
Detailed tables: Google Sheets mode and HTML of Sheets, loads faster but looks ugly
As we often observe on weekends, a number of hospitals (approximately 41) did not submit data to the Daily Bed Census for November 14. We anticipate the number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases.
Global Comparison (Last 14 days/100k / % positive (week))
Reporting_PHU Today Averages->> Last 7 Prev 7 Per 100k->> Last 7/100k Prev 7/100k Source (week %)->> Close contact Community Outbreak Travel Ages (week %)->> <40 40-69 70+ More Averages->> Oct Sep Aug Jul Jun May
Total 1487 1442.9 1105.5 75.5 57.9 39.4 42 17.6 0.9 51.9 37.3 10.8 774.8 313.4 100.1 133.8 240.3 376.7
Toronto PHU 508 449.1 375.7 115.1 96.3 15.6 63.2 20.8 0.4 49.4 38.4 12.1 286.2 110.4 21.1 33.9 97.7 168.9
Peel 392 421.1 283.1 213.4 143.4 52.1 38.6 8.5 0.7 55 36.9 8.3 151.9 65.7 19.7 23.9 45.2 69.4
York 170 145 97.6 91.4 61.5 55.7 30.2 13.3 0.8 46.4 43.5 10.2 80.3 26.1 6.2 9.7 18.8 28.8
Waterloo Region 67 52.1 26.1 68.2 34.2 31 47.9 20.5 0.5 53.7 33.4 12.5 13.6 9 2.8 2.7 7.2 13.2
Ottawa 51 53.3 56.1 39.9 42.1 65.7 6.2 24.7 3.5 57.4 29.3 13.7 86.5 44.9 14.4 14.1 4.7 20.5
Halton 46 52.1 52.1 66.6 66.6 45.5 33.2 20.8 0.5 49.3 41.1 9.6 27.9 9.7 1.9 2.3 3.7 6.2
Durham 45 53.1 39.4 57.6 42.7 51.6 34.9 13.2 0.3 57.2 38.4 4.3 26.7 8.8 3 3.4 8.2 16.6
Hamilton 35 38.6 45 50.3 58.7 38.5 25.2 35.9 0.4 43.7 36.7 19.6 20.9 6.1 2.7 1.7 5.4 8.4
Simcoe-Muskoka 35 27 16.1 35 20.9 52.4 36.5 9.5 1.6 55.5 37 7.4 15.6 6.3 1.5 2.1 4.3 6.4
Niagara 19 27.4 23.6 42.9 36.8 50.5 10.4 38 1 49 34.9 16.1 11.4 4.6 2.4 3.5 3.8 5.1
Windsor 14 22.1 11.1 38.9 19.6 29.7 19.4 45.8 5.2 54.9 35.5 9.7 5.6 4.6 7 22.8 20.9 12.3
Wellington-Guelph 14 13.7 12.1 24.1 21.3 38.5 42.7 17.7 1 55.2 37.4 7.2 7 2.8 1.1 1.7 3.2 3.6
Southwestern 10 9.7 6 76.4 47.2 42.6 23.5 29.4 4.4 50 32.3 17.6 1.7 0.5 3.6 1.9 0.3 0.5
Grey Bruce 10 4.4 1.6 19.1 6.8 19.4 77.4 0 3.2 51.7 35.5 12.9 1.2 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.6 0.4
Eastern Ontario 9 7.1 9.9 24.7 34 56 16 26 2 54 28 18 10.9 2.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.8
Brant 9 6.6 8.4 34.1 43.7 41.3 34.8 23.9 0 52.1 41.3 6.5 4.5 0.9 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.5
Chatham-Kent 7 4.6 1.9 31.4 12.7 21.9 43.8 34.4 0 62.6 34.4 3.1 1.3 0.2 3.9 2.8 0.5 2
Haldimand-Norfolk 7 3.6 2.9 22.8 18.2 40 24 36 0 52 44 4 1.6 0.4 0.7 0.5 7.5 1
Peterborough 6 3 1 15.2 5.1 9.5 14.3 76.2 0 4.7 19.1 76.1 0.9 0.5 0.3 0 0.3 0
Renfrew 6 0.7 1.4 4.8 9.7 20 60 20 0 80 0 20 1.7 0.6 0 0.2 0 0.4
London 5 16.9 14.4 25.9 22.2 68.6 11 13.6 6.8 74.6 17.8 7.6 8.4 4.8 1.8 1.5 3.1 4.3
Huron Perth 4 9.6 3.3 113 38.8 25.4 10.4 64.2 0 31.3 24 44.8 0.8 0.2 1.7 0.4 0.2 0.2
Thunder Bay 4 3.7 1.9 17.1 8.6 19.2 7.7 65.4 7.7 50 46.1 3.8 0.4 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.3
Kingston 3 4.3 1.4 15.5 5.2 53.3 20 23.3 3.3 80 16.6 3.3 1.5 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.9 0
Hastings 3 1.7 0.6 7.4 2.5 25 50 8.3 16.7 75 25 0 0.6 0.2 0.2 0 0 0.1
Rest 8 12.4 12.8 7.8 8.2 72.1 15.1 11.6 1.2 61.6 26.7 12.8 5.7 2.6 2.4 2.6 2.5 5.8
Canada comparison:
Province Yesterday Averages->> Last 7 Prev 7 Per 100k->> Last 7/100k Prev 7/100k Positive % - last 7
Canada 4146 4489.7 3708.7 83.6 69.1 7.61
Ontario 1248 1408 1063.7 67.7 51.1 3.9
Quebec 1211 1290.6 1119.9 106.5 92.4 12.39
Alberta 991 832.1 676.3 133.3 108.3 inf
Manitoba 494 402.4 299.4 205.7 153 10.86
British Columbia 0 390.4 447.1 53.9 61.7 7.03
Saskatchewan 181 157.7 97 94 57.8 10.65
Nova Scotia 2 2.3 2.4 1.6 1.8 0.31
Toomuchovit 14 2.3 0.3 41.3 5.2 7.84
New Brunswick 3 1.9 1.4 1.7 1.3 0.54
Newfoundland 2 0.9 0.9 1.2 1.2 0.3
Northwest Territories 0 0.7 0 11.2 0 3.68
Prince Edward Island 0 0.3 0.3 1.3 1.3 0.1
Yukon 0 0.1 0 2.4 0 0.97
Today's deaths: Brutal.
Reporting_PHU Age_Group Client_Gender Case_AcquisitionInfo Case_Reported_Date Episode_Date
Toronto PHU 90s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-14 2020-11-12
Ottawa 70s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-13 2020-11-12
Hamilton 60s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-11 2020-11-09
Hamilton 80s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-14 2020-11-08
Peel 50s UNSPECIFIED Community 2020-11-13 2020-11-07
Toronto PHU 80s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-03 2020-11-02
York 90s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-03 2020-11-01
Toronto PHU 80s MALE Community 2020-11-02 2020-10-31
Eastern Ontario 70s MALE Outbreak 2020-10-22 2020-10-20
Toronto PHU 80s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-13 2020-10-12
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2020.11.16 15:59 enterprisevalue Ontario November 16 update: 1487 New Cases, 992 Recoveries, 10 Deaths, 33,351 tests (4.46% positive), Current ICUs: 125 (+7 vs. yesterday) (+41 vs. last week)

Link to report: https://files.ontario.ca/moh-covid-19-report-en-2020-11-16.pdf
Detailed tables: Google Sheets mode and HTML of Sheets, loads faster but looks ugly
As we often observe on weekends, a number of hospitals (approximately 41) did not submit data to the Daily Bed Census for November 14. We anticipate the number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases.
Global Comparison (Last 14 days/100k / % positive (week))
Reporting_PHU Today Averages->> Last 7 Prev 7 Per 100k->> Last 7/100k Prev 7/100k Source (week %)->> Close contact Community Outbreak Travel Ages (week %)->> <40 40-69 70+ More Averages->> Oct Sep Aug Jul Jun May
Total 1487 1442.9 1105.5 75.5 57.9 39.4 42 17.6 0.9 51.9 37.3 10.8 774.8 313.4 100.1 133.8 240.3 376.7
Toronto PHU 508 449.1 375.7 115.1 96.3 15.6 63.2 20.8 0.4 49.4 38.4 12.1 286.2 110.4 21.1 33.9 97.7 168.9
Peel 392 421.1 283.1 213.4 143.4 52.1 38.6 8.5 0.7 55 36.9 8.3 151.9 65.7 19.7 23.9 45.2 69.4
York 170 145 97.6 91.4 61.5 55.7 30.2 13.3 0.8 46.4 43.5 10.2 80.3 26.1 6.2 9.7 18.8 28.8
Waterloo Region 67 52.1 26.1 68.2 34.2 31 47.9 20.5 0.5 53.7 33.4 12.5 13.6 9 2.8 2.7 7.2 13.2
Ottawa 51 53.3 56.1 39.9 42.1 65.7 6.2 24.7 3.5 57.4 29.3 13.7 86.5 44.9 14.4 14.1 4.7 20.5
Halton 46 52.1 52.1 66.6 66.6 45.5 33.2 20.8 0.5 49.3 41.1 9.6 27.9 9.7 1.9 2.3 3.7 6.2
Durham 45 53.1 39.4 57.6 42.7 51.6 34.9 13.2 0.3 57.2 38.4 4.3 26.7 8.8 3 3.4 8.2 16.6
Hamilton 35 38.6 45 50.3 58.7 38.5 25.2 35.9 0.4 43.7 36.7 19.6 20.9 6.1 2.7 1.7 5.4 8.4
Simcoe-Muskoka 35 27 16.1 35 20.9 52.4 36.5 9.5 1.6 55.5 37 7.4 15.6 6.3 1.5 2.1 4.3 6.4
Niagara 19 27.4 23.6 42.9 36.8 50.5 10.4 38 1 49 34.9 16.1 11.4 4.6 2.4 3.5 3.8 5.1
Windsor 14 22.1 11.1 38.9 19.6 29.7 19.4 45.8 5.2 54.9 35.5 9.7 5.6 4.6 7 22.8 20.9 12.3
Wellington-Guelph 14 13.7 12.1 24.1 21.3 38.5 42.7 17.7 1 55.2 37.4 7.2 7 2.8 1.1 1.7 3.2 3.6
Southwestern 10 9.7 6 76.4 47.2 42.6 23.5 29.4 4.4 50 32.3 17.6 1.7 0.5 3.6 1.9 0.3 0.5
Grey Bruce 10 4.4 1.6 19.1 6.8 19.4 77.4 0 3.2 51.7 35.5 12.9 1.2 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.6 0.4
Eastern Ontario 9 7.1 9.9 24.7 34 56 16 26 2 54 28 18 10.9 2.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.8
Brant 9 6.6 8.4 34.1 43.7 41.3 34.8 23.9 0 52.1 41.3 6.5 4.5 0.9 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.5
Chatham-Kent 7 4.6 1.9 31.4 12.7 21.9 43.8 34.4 0 62.6 34.4 3.1 1.3 0.2 3.9 2.8 0.5 2
Haldimand-Norfolk 7 3.6 2.9 22.8 18.2 40 24 36 0 52 44 4 1.6 0.4 0.7 0.5 7.5 1
Peterborough 6 3 1 15.2 5.1 9.5 14.3 76.2 0 4.7 19.1 76.1 0.9 0.5 0.3 0 0.3 0
Renfrew 6 0.7 1.4 4.8 9.7 20 60 20 0 80 0 20 1.7 0.6 0 0.2 0 0.4
London 5 16.9 14.4 25.9 22.2 68.6 11 13.6 6.8 74.6 17.8 7.6 8.4 4.8 1.8 1.5 3.1 4.3
Huron Perth 4 9.6 3.3 113 38.8 25.4 10.4 64.2 0 31.3 24 44.8 0.8 0.2 1.7 0.4 0.2 0.2
Thunder Bay 4 3.7 1.9 17.1 8.6 19.2 7.7 65.4 7.7 50 46.1 3.8 0.4 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.3
Kingston 3 4.3 1.4 15.5 5.2 53.3 20 23.3 3.3 80 16.6 3.3 1.5 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.9 0
Hastings 3 1.7 0.6 7.4 2.5 25 50 8.3 16.7 75 25 0 0.6 0.2 0.2 0 0 0.1
Rest 8 12.4 12.8 7.8 8.2 72.1 15.1 11.6 1.2 61.6 26.7 12.8 5.7 2.6 2.4 2.6 2.5 5.8
Canada comparison:
Province Yesterday Averages->> Last 7 Prev 7 Per 100k->> Last 7/100k Prev 7/100k Positive % - last 7
Canada 4146 4489.7 3708.7 83.6 69.1 7.61
Ontario 1248 1408 1063.7 67.7 51.1 3.9
Quebec 1211 1290.6 1119.9 106.5 92.4 12.39
Alberta 991 832.1 676.3 133.3 108.3 inf
Manitoba 494 402.4 299.4 205.7 153 10.86
British Columbia 0 390.4 447.1 53.9 61.7 7.03
Saskatchewan 181 157.7 97 94 57.8 10.65
Nova Scotia 2 2.3 2.4 1.6 1.8 0.31
Toomuchovit 14 2.3 0.3 41.3 5.2 7.84
New Brunswick 3 1.9 1.4 1.7 1.3 0.54
Newfoundland 2 0.9 0.9 1.2 1.2 0.3
Northwest Territories 0 0.7 0 11.2 0 3.68
Prince Edward Island 0 0.3 0.3 1.3 1.3 0.1
Yukon 0 0.1 0 2.4 0 0.97
Today's deaths: Brutal.
Reporting_PHU Age_Group Client_Gender Case_AcquisitionInfo Case_Reported_Date Episode_Date
Toronto PHU 90s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-14 2020-11-12
Ottawa 70s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-13 2020-11-12
Hamilton 60s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-11 2020-11-09
Hamilton 80s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-14 2020-11-08
Peel 50s UNSPECIFIED Community 2020-11-13 2020-11-07
Toronto PHU 80s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-03 2020-11-02
York 90s MALE Outbreak 2020-11-03 2020-11-01
Toronto PHU 80s MALE Community 2020-11-02 2020-10-31
Eastern Ontario 70s MALE Outbreak 2020-10-22 2020-10-20
Toronto PHU 80s FEMALE Outbreak 2020-11-13 2020-10-12
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2020.07.30 11:30 problem_redditor Some sources on sexual abuse of men and boys.

Studies demonstrating roughly gender parity in sexual assault victimisation
The CDC's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Surveys.
Here's one everybody in the MRM knows. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Surveys. While the lifetime stats show a larger gender gap, if you look at the (more reliable and relevant) past year numbers for rape and made to penetrate from the NISVS, all the reports show that in the year prior to the study roughly equal proportions of men and women were forced into sex.
https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf
NISVS 2010 showed that in the past 12 months, 1.1% of men were made to penetrate and 1.1% of women were raped. Look at Table 2.1 and 2.2 on pages 18 and 19 respectively.
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwpdf/ss/ss6308.pdf
NISVS 2011 showed that in the past 12 months, 1.7% of men were made to penetrate and 1.6% of women were raped. Look at Table 1 on page 5.
https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/NISVS-StateReportBook.pdf
NISVS 2012 showed that in the past 12 months, 1.7% of men were made to penetrate and 1.0% of women were raped. Look at Table A.1 and A.5 on pages 217 and 222 respectively.
https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/2015data-brief508.pdf
NISVS 2015 showed that in the past 12 months, 0.7% of men were made to penetrate and 1.2% of women were raped. Look at Table 1 and 2 on page 15 and 16 respectively.
In each of the years the case count for male rape victims and female victims of made-to-penetrate were too small to provide a statistically reliable prevalence estimate.
You can see that the estimated proportion of male victims of made to penetrate each year look very similar to the estimated numbers of female victims of rape. So if made to penetrate happens about as often as rape each year then by most people's assumed definition of rape (forced sex) then men are approximately half of rape victims.
(Also, if there is any doubt here that past year figures are more reliable than lifetime figures, this source notes that "Research tells us that 20% of critical details of a recognized event are irretrievable after one year from its occurrence and 50% are irretrievable after 5 years", which suggests that lifetime prevalence is less accurate.)
The Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS2): Development and Preliminary Psychometric Data.
This is not a recent phenomenon, either. In 1996, studies were already finding a similar pattern of gender parity.
In this study a sample of 204 female and 113 male college students completed the CTS2. Nine of the 39 items explicitly dealt with sexual coercion. Results reveal that, within the past 12 months, 38% of the men experienced at least one instance of sexual coercion while 30% of the women experienced at least one instance of sexual coercion. (Keep in mind, sexual coercion is defined broadly in this study and covers a range of coercive acts from physical force to verbal insistence, so take it how you will).
Study on Child Abuse: INDIA 2007.
Not only that, gender parity in sexual abuse and assault is not restricted to the West, as this report on child sexual victimisation in India shows. The major groups studied in this report were child respondents in the age group of 5-18 years, comprising three separate age groups 5-12 years, 13-14 years and 15-18 years. The second category of respondents was young adults in the age group 18-24 years.
The report breaks sexual abuse down into two main categories: "Severe" forms of sexual abuse (which includes being sexually assaulted, forced to fondle genitals, forced to exhibit private parts and photographed in the nude) and "other" forms of sexual abuse (which includes forcible kissing, sexual advances made during travel and marriages and exposure to pornographic materials).
Of the child respondents, 23.06% of the boys surveyed reported being subjected to one or more severe forms of sexual abuse, compared with 18.58% of the girls. 51.86% of the boys surveyed reported being subjected to one or more forms of other sexual abuse, compared with 49.57% of the girls.
Of the young adult sample, 60.58% of males reported being subjected to one or more forms of sexual abuse, compared with 41.12% of the females.
In some places like Delhi, men and boys are about twice as likely to experience sexual abuse than women and girls.
Prevalence of Key Forms of Violence Against Adolescents in the Arab Region: A Systematic30399-9/pdf) Review30399-9/pdf)
A 2018 review of the data surrounding violence against adolescents in the Middle East. It provides a thorough summary of available evidence on violence against adolescents in the Arab region. It has this to say about sex differences in victimisation:
"When results were disaggregated by sex, reported rates of all forms of violence, including sexual abuse, were usually higher among males compared with females. This was reported in Palestine, where physical or psychological maltreatment was reported by 1/2 of males and 1/4 of females [42]; in Egypt where over 1/2 of males and about 36% of females were physically punished [29]; and in Lebanon where males reported significantly higher rates of sexual harassment/abuse than females [49]."
Prevalence of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse among a nationwide sample of Arab high school students: association with family characteristics, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and quality of life
This 2010 study found among a sample of approximately four thousand Kuwaiti students that there were no significant gender differences in the prevalence of sexual attacks and someone threatening the subjects with sex. The prevalence of someone sexually exposing themselves to the students and unwanted touching of sexual parts was significantly higher among the boys.
The Rates of Child Sexual Abuse and Its Psychological Consequences as Revealed by a Study Among Palestinian University Students
While this 2001 study is chock-full of feminist blathering about "patriarchy", its results are interesting.
The study aimed to achieve the following two objectives: First, it sought to examine the rates of sexual abuse in Palestinian society at three ages (12 years or less, 12–16 years, and 16 years) by three perpetrators (a family member, a relative, and a stranger). It used a sample of 652 Palestinian undergraduate students, and used Finkelhor’s (1979) scale for measuring sexual abuse.
Thirteen different acts of sexual abuse were presented in the questionnaire. Participants were asked to indicate whether or not they had experienced each of the acts by three different perpetrators, that is, a family member, a relative from the extended family, or a stranger, at three age periods (i.e., under the age of 12, from the age of 12 to 16, and over the age of 16). Responses were based on a dichotomous scale (0 “no,” and 1 “yes”).
Similar rates of sexual abuse were found among female and male students regardless of perpetrator or age, and this pattern of symmetry existed for even the most severe forms of sexual abuse (forced sex). The study notes that "the current research findings indicate that the rates of the problem are similar among female and male Palestinian students."
High rates of female perpetration
Women's Sexual Aggression Against Men: Prevalence and Predictors
"In this study, we investigated the prevalence of women's sexual aggression against men and examined predictors of sexual aggression in a sample of 248 women. Respondents reported their use of aggressive strategies (physical force, exploitation of a man's incapacitated state, and verbal pressure) to make a man engage in sexual touch, sexual intercourse, or oral sex against his will. ... Almost 1 in 10 respondents (9.3%) reported having used aggressive strategies to coerce a man into sexual activities. Exploitation of the man's incapacitated state was used most frequently (5.6%), followed by verbal pressure (3.2%) and physical force (2%). An additional 5.4% reported attempted acts of sexual aggression."
Sexual Assaulters in the United States: Prevalence and Psychiatric Correlates in a National Sample
This is a 2012 research paper using data from the U. S. Census Bureau's nationally representative National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC, 2001-02). It found in a sample of 43,000 adults little difference in the sex of selfreported sexual perpetrators. Of those who affirmed that they had “ever force[d] someone to have sex … against their will,” 43.6% were female and 56.4% were male.
Sexual Victimization Perpetrated by Women: Federal Data Reveal Surprising Prevalence
"A 2013 survey of 1058 male and female youth ages 14–21 found that 9% self-reported perpetrating sexual victimization in their lifetime; 4% of youth reported perpetrating attempted or completed rape, which, again is defined to include any unwanted intercourse regardless of directionality (i.e., respondent reported that he/she “made someone have sex with me when I knew they did not want to”). While 98% of perpetrators who committed their first offence at age 15 or younger were male, by age 18–19 self-reports of perpetration differed little by sex: females comprised 48% of self-reported perpetrators of attempted or completed rape."
Studies comparing the emotional effects of sexual assault on male and female victims
Study finds emotional effect of assault on men is understudied, just as traumatic as for women
This study found that "Men and women equally experienced traumatic emotional effects post-assault. Dario suspects that it’s possible that men are even more affected by sexual assault emotionally than women, due to social stigma regarding male rape, and because they have fewer social outlets and support systems than women in which to discuss the trauma. This may lead to men internalizing their feelings about the assault."
Gender Differences in the Context and Consequences of Child Sexual Abuse.
This review of the literature surrounding child sexual abuse found that "Overall, the picture, especially from the meta-analyses, is that for the most part, there is no significant difference or ‘moderating effect’ of gender in the mental health and psychosocial functioning of male and female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. One, a systematic review of 16 school-based studies, found that the association between child sexual abuse and suicide attempts was considerably stronger for boys than girls across studies in various countries, especially after taking account of a range of related factors (Rhodes et al 2011). Another very controversial meta-analysis by Rind, Tromovitch and Bauserman (1998) found more negative psychosocial outcomes for females than males, with mixed findings for males according to whether the ‘abuse’ was ‘wanted’ or ‘unwanted’. Hillberg, Hamilton-Giachritsis and Dixon (2011) review of four review studies that included gender comparisons for a range of adult mental health difficulties and psychopathology concluded that ‘[t]he evidence suggests that there is no gender difference between victims’ assessed level’ of adult mental health difficulties’ though ‘female victims of CSA perceived themselves to have suffered greater psychological harm from these experiences than male victims’. As Hillberg, Hamilton-Giachritsis and Dixon (2011:45) point out, ‘[t]hese findings indicate that although the adult victims score within the clinical range’ of adult mental health difficulties, ‘they may not perceive themselves to have been psychologically harmed from the traumatic experiences’. This is consistent with the research (outlined earlier) reporting that some male victims of child sexual abuse in particular do not see themselves as victims, and that disclosure may work very differently for male and female survivors."
Long-Term Consequences of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Gender of Victim
This study found in a sample of 17,337 people that there was a similar relative impact on behavioural, mental health, and social outcomes for both men and women survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA). Not only that, but they note that "Among male victims of CSA, the risk of negative outcomes was similar when the gender of the perpetrator was compared. Thus, perpetration of CSA by a female appears to exert negative effects that are similar in magnitude to CSA perpetrated by males."
The Long-Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse by Female Perpetrators: A Qualitative Study of Male and Female Victims
Here is a small qualitative study which involved interviews with 14 adult victims (7 men, 7 women) of child sexual abuse by females. Both the males and females experienced severe effects from the abuse. Only one male participant reported not feeling damaged by the female sexual abuse experience, and the remaining participants (93%) reported that the sexual abuse was highly damaging and difficult to recover from.
One male victim said: "I’m constantly haunted by [the sexual abuse]. It’s not something that just goes away, and I don’t know how to put it behind me. That’s what I’m trying to do. It’s constantly remembering all the beatings, the washing, the sucking . . . [It’s] part of my daily existence."
Sexual molestation of men by women
This is the first systematic report on male victims of female perpetrators, from way back in 1982. Sarrel and Masters in this report describe eleven cases of male sexual molestation by females, four of which involved forced assault (some of which are really, really traumatising). Three were adults and one was a 17-year old boy. The assaulted males were "physically constrained in some manner and in some instances feared not only for their safety but even for their lives; second, in spite of their embarrassment, anxieties, or even terror occasioned by the constraint or captivity, the males functioned sexually."
All four men described a post-trauma reaction occurs in which sexual function and psychological state were affected. One of the men did not initiate sex with his wife during the next 2 and a half years and became nauseated when his wife attempted to initiate sexual activity with him. Another of the men presented for sex therapy 2 years after the assault with complaints of feeling isolated from women and fearful of initiating contact with a female partner.
Sarrell & Masters later conclude that “the impact is potentially on all dimensions of sexuality - response, desire, sense of orientation and behaviour”.
Not a large sample whatsoever and shouldn't be bandied around as the last word on the issue, but I have a hard time believing that their experiences are particularly uncommon among male victims of female perpetrators.
Men are less likely to view to acknowledge their experiences of sexual assault and are less likely to report it, which likely affects data and statistics on the topic.
Gender Differences in the Context and Consequences of Child Sexual Abuse (again).
"Widom and Morris (1997) found men were much more reluctant to label child sexual experiences as ‘abuse’ than women (16% compared with 64%). Fondacaro, Holt and Powell’s (1999) study of male prison inmates also found that 41% of those who met the criteria for contact child sexual abuse did not consider their experiences as ‘abusive’ ... Other research that has linked men’s identification as a survivor of child sexual abuse to higher levels of psychological distress suggests that perceiving early sexual experiences as non-abusive may be a form of protective denial for men shielding them against painful memories (O’Leary and Gould 2010; Steever, Follette and Naugle 2001). This may mean that ‘nondisclosure is actually more adaptive for males than is disclosure’ (O’Leary and Barber 2008:135)."
And:
"The disclosure of child sexual abuse and the response the victim receives are integral to how a victim experiences the aftermath of abuse, and to their recovery (Lovett 2004). While there are some similarities in the patterns of disclosure for males and females, most notably a tendency towards non-disclosure and delayed and indirect disclosure, the research also points to some significant gender differences. The main differences are that males are less likely than females to disclose child sexual abuse at the time of abuse, and that when they do disclose, they take longer to do so, and make fewer and more selective disclosures (Gries, Goh and Cavanaugh 1996; Hébert et al 2009; Hunter 2011; O’Leary and Barber 2008; Priebe and Svedin 2008; Schoen et al 1998)."
Discrimination against male victims of sexual assault.
Differences in Legal Outcomes for Male and Female Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused
"The goal of the present study was to determine whether or not there were sex differences in legal outcomes for children who were sexually abused. Using the methodology of Joa and Edelson (2004), the results indicated that males who were sexually abused had poorer legal outcomes than females. Specifically, it was found that cases involving male victims were less likely to be filed with the District Attorney (DA) than cases involving female victims and had fewer criminal counts charged. For those children seen at a Child Abuse Assessment Center, cases involving female victims were significantly more likely to be filed by the DA's office than were cases involving male victims."
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2020.03.06 22:40 kiwispacemarine The Face of Adversity Chapter 11 - Who Dares Wins

Hello all! Sorry about the long wait for this chapter. I've been busy with other projects and Real LifeTM. I hope you enjoy this. Don't forget to comment and provide criticism.
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Waikato Defensive Line, Waikato Province, New Zealand. Three Month Later, March 2113 A.D.
Corporal Wiremu Jones peered over the top of his trench through a set of binoculars at the E.T. army. They had sent two ships to New Zealand. One had landed in the urban hub of Auckland, while the other had landed in Christchurch. They had caught the country in a massive pincher manoeuvre and were slowly moving to envelop the Defence force in their crushing grip. Even with support from the Australian Defence Force, the future looked grim for the tiny island nation.
Having been pushed back into the middle of the country, the New Zealanders and their Australian allies had established headquarters in the port city of Tauranga on the East Coast, Hamilton in the centre of the country and New Plymouth on the West Coast. The NZ Army was stretched thin between these locations, even with what Australia could spare.
“Corporal,” spoke a voice behind him. Turning around, Wiremu saw Sergeant Craig Pierce approaching him from along the trench.
“The Lieutenant wants us in the Command tent,” said Peirce.
“Ok sir,” said Wiremu, stepping down from his perch and following Peirce.
“What’s happening out there?” asked the sergeant as they walked along to the tent, keeping their heads down in case of enemy snipers.
“They’re continuing to advance,” reported Wiremu, “If we don’t do something soon, they’ll be on top of us in three days.”
Sergeant Peirce gave a knowing smile.
“That’s what the Lieutenant wants to see us about,” he said.
The two NZSAS kept walking through the honeycomb of trenches until they reached the command tent. When they got there, most of the platoon was waiting with Lieutenant Wallace and an officer Wiremu didn’t recognise. The officer was sitting at a foldable table. The soldiers filed into the tent. When everyone was inside, the officer stood up.
“Good day gentlemen,” he greeted them, “I am Colonel Kirkwood, Army Intelligence,” he introduced himself.
“As you are aware, the E.T.’s main landing zone on the North Island is in Auckland. At military intelligence, we have determined that this ship is the best shot we may have at getting at one of their central computers,” he revealed, “Your mission is to go in, locate the core and download whatever you can find. You will then set charge in strategic areas and evacuate the premises. Once you are clear, blow the charges. An aircraft will pick you up at the rendezvous point.”
“You unit will be paradropped into the landing zone while the rest of the Armed Forces launch an assault on the E.T.’s. Our aim is twofold,” he explained, “We want to inflict enough damage on them to slow their advance, and we need that computer core.”
Lieutenant Wallace put up his hand.
“Excuse me sir,” he asked, “But how do we know that the computer core is in there? And how will we recognise it?”
The colonel gave a thin smile.
“Intelligence gathered by the Russians indicate that the fighters and dropships get their flight plans and orders uploaded from the landing ships,” he elaborated, “As to what the core looks like, we don’t know. This may help though.”
Kirkwood produced a briefcase from underneath the table. Opening it, he pulled out an alien-looking device. It was a cable, with a standard USB plug on one end. The other end had a strange plug that looked like an unholy amalgamation of various types of computer plugs.
“This device will allow you to interface with the alien ship’s computer core,” he said, holding it up for all the platoon to see.
“The Russians came up with the design from examining the captured alien fighter’s control panel. With some help from other nationalities. Hopefully, the computer core will have a plug for one of these,” he said, “Are there any questions?” he asked looking around.
There were none.
“Excellent,” Kirkwood smiled, “Wheels up at 0:800 tomorrow. Good Luck.”
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The Next Day. Hamilton Airport, Temporary RNZAF Airbase.
The truck carrying the NZSAS platoon rolled onto the tarmac at 0:700. Stopping by the C-220 jet transport that would take them to the drop zone, the soldiers jumped out. Wiremu looked at the runway. The airport was a flurry of activity as RNZAF F-75 Patriots and RAAF F-209 Jackals taxied to their take-off points.
Helicopters and helijets stood with their rotors and jets whirring as soldiers boarded the aircraft. NZLAV’s and Australian Army M12 tanks rolled onto C-220’s and RAAF attack helijets were loaded with missiles, bullets and bombs.
In short, the ANZAC’s were making a desperate effort to defend the Land of The Long White Cloud.
Wiremu’s platoon boarded the aircraft and the loadmaster raised the ramp behind them. There was a loud whine as the engines started up. The giant plane taxied onto the runway. The pilots completed the pre-flight checks and waited for the go-signal from Command.
While they waited, Wiremu reflected on what life was going to be like after this War, assuming that Earth survived. It would take a while for civilisation to be rebuilt, that was for sure. Most of the major world cities had been destroyed in the initial invasion. Millions had been displaced or killed. Some third-world nations were in a state of martial law due to civil unrest. Even if Humanity survived the war, it would take a while for things to go back to normal.
“Strike force Maui, this is Command,” crackled the radio, “Operation: Kaimanawa is a GO! Repeat: Operation: Kaimanawa is a GO!”
The pilots nearly broke the throttles as they switched the engines to full power. The bulky jet lumbered down the runway. Fighters soared off into the distance to bomb enemy targets and VTOLs lifted off to take troops to their objectives.
The C-220 picked up enough speed to take off the runway, soaring up into the smoke-tinged sky. Wiremu looked out the window to see the ground rapidly disappearing. The airplane flew north, towards Auckland.
Auckland was the largest city in the country, home to three million people according to the 2108 census. Those people had been forced to flee the war-torn city, living in either the three ‘Free Cities’ or numerous refugee camps dotted around the country.
The formation passed over one of these camps. Children playing in the rows between the huts looked up to see wave after wave of aircraft pass over.
As the combined RNZAF and RAAF force passed over the E.T.’s early warning outposts, anti-aircraft lasers opened up, claiming several VTOL’s and cargo planes. The transport next to Wiremu’s exploded in a ball of flame, killing the soldiers inside it. Turning away from the window, he gulped in fear.
In response, several Australian fighters dove down on the enemy guns, released their bombs and pulled up again. The lasers and the E.T.s manning them disappeared in a ball of orange flame. As the transports continued to fly towards the advancing alien army, several C-220s swooped in low. Flying only a few metres off the ground, they lowered their ramps and deployed the tanks and IFVs they were carrying. NZLAV-50s and Australian Stryker-MK7’s and Lincoln tanks dropped via parachute onto the grass fields next to State Highway 1. The highway itself was littered with abandoned vehicles. Some aliens were attempting to clear the wreckage using some kind of bulldozer. The armour rectified this, destroying the aliens and their vehicle with cannons and machineguns.
Helijets and helicopters landed in staging areas and deposited their troops, who boarded the IFVs and APCs and continued the assault. Alien fighters tried to perform strafing runs on the army, but they were destroyed by the superior New Zealand and Australian aircraft.
The skies and suburbs echoed with gunfire and laserfire as the ANZAC forces pushed closer into the city. Eventually, the C-220 carrying the NZSAS reached the drop zone. The loadmaster got up from his seat and lowered the ramp, allowing the howling sound of the wind and the engines to rush into the cabin. The soldiers stood up, hooked up to the static line and shuffled to the door. A red light above the door blinked several times, then turned to green.
“Go, go, go!” shouted the loadmaster, pushing each paratrooper forward. When it came to Wiremu’s turn, he ran onto the ramp and jumped off the edge. All he could hear was the wind in his ears as he fell down to the ground. The static line pulled his chute’s ripcord, slowing his fall with a jerk.
Slowly drifting down to earth, he looked around at his surroundings. The alien ship was several kilometres to his north, the bulk of the spacecraft dwarfing even the Sky Tower. The troops had been dropped in an empty street and would have to make their way on foot to the craft. Skyscrapers towered above the streets, providing vantage points for enemy snipers.
Wiremu hit the ground. Rolling onto his feet, he unclipped his chute harness and picked up his equipment bag. Looking around the street, he regrouped with the other members of the platoon.
“Come on!” shouted Lieutenant Wallace, “Move up! Let’s go!”
The SAS moved quickly up the street towards the alien ship. The road echoed with gunfire as the battle unfolded around them. Fighter jets roared past and helicopters punctuated the battle with their rotors.
As the soldiers came up to an intersection, an E.T tank rolled across the road in front of them. Taking cover, they watched as the giant war machine rumbled past. There was a screech of engines as a pair of fighters came in to bomb the tank. The aircraft fired their missiles and pulled up again. The explosives impacted the top of the tank, blowing off several chunks of armour. The tank attempted to shoot the aircraft with its plasma cannon, but they were too manoeuvrable, the ball of energy instead tearing a skyscraper in half. An RAAF light bomber flew overhead, dropping anti-tank munitions on the E.T. Behemoth.
The bombs landed on the area that had been damaged by the previous air-raid, allowing them to penetrate and destroy the tank. The danger past, the New Zealand soldiers moved further along the street. An Australian tank rolled up beside them to give support as they inched closer towards the alien landing zone.
After several more minutes of dodging tanks and eliminating E.T. troops, the NZSAS eventually reached the base the aliens had set up around their craft. Ducking behind a burnt-out Toyota, Lieutenant Wallace pulled out a pair of binoculars. Surveying the base, he saw the layout was similar to a human military base. There was a motor pool, barracks and other areas. The one-kilometre long landing ship sat in the middle, dwarfing the nearby structures. Alien dropships and fighters either patrolled the airspace around the base or flew out to intercept the attacking ANZACs.
Looking closely at the wall surrounding the base, he noticed that the east side of the base was very close to a building that had one of its upper walls destroyed. He quickly began formulating a plan.
“Sergeant,” he called to Peirce.
“Yes sir?” he replied.
“Take some men to that building,” Wallace pointed to the building he had spotted, “Clear it out.”
“Ok sir,” responded Pierce, “Jones, Smith, Hudson, Otene! You’re with me!”
The soldiers in question followed the sergeant across the street, staying inside buildings or under cover to prevent E.T. sentries from spotting them. After about ten minutes of tense navigation, they made it to the target building.
“Corporal Jones, take point,” whispered Sergeant Peirce.
“Ok sir,” replied Wiremu. His M7A3 at the ready, he cautiously stepped into the lobby of the building. Looking around the room, he didn’t see any aliens, and his Motion Tracker failed to detect any movement.
“All clear!” he called to the others.
The squad moved into the lobby. Private Smith found the stairway, and they trooped up. On the first-floor landing, Sergeant Peirce called a halt.
“Listen!” he hissed. The special forces soldiers did so, straining their ears. Somewhere in the corridor, there was the tell-tale scuttle of alien footsteps. Peirce waved Wiremu and Private Otene forwards. The two soldiers crept into the corridor, watching their motion trackers. Without warning, a laser beam shot out from a nearby cubicle, hitting Otene in the chest. He screamed and fell down. Before he could pick himself up, another laser hit him. Wiremu shot and killed the offending alien.
“Man down!” he yelled. Smith and Hudson stormed into the corridor and gave Wiremu covering fire, felling a few aliens that had foolishly scuttled into the corridor.
Wiremu dragged Otene behind cover and felt for a pulse. Nothing.
“We’ve lost Otene,” he said on the radio.
“Damn,” replied Sergeant Peirce.
Hudson and Smith finished clearing the floor.
“All clear sir,” reported Hudson.
“Ok, move up to the next floor. Jones, you take Otene’s dog-tags,” ordered Pierce. Wiremu grabbed the set of metal tags from around the fallen soldier’s neck and moved up.
The next floor was empty. On the third floor however, the soldiers encountered more alien soldiers, but they were dispatched without incident.
“Lieutenant Wallace, the building is clear, sir,” reported Pierce.
“Roger,” replied Wallace, “We’re coming to your position now, out.”
The rest of the platoon made their way to the building and trooped up to the third floor.
“Good job, sergeant,” congratulated Wallace when they reached Wiremu’s and the other soldier’s position, “Were there any casualties?”
“We lost Otene, sir,” replied Pierce, solemnly.
“Pity,” said Wallace simply. He crawled over to a massive hole in the side of the wall. Looking out, he saw that it overlooked the wall of the alien base.
“Perfect,” he said.
“Ok men, here’s the plan,” he spoke to the NZSAS, who turned attentively towards him, “We are going to rappel down onto the wall from this wall. Once there, we will infiltrate the E.T. landing craft. Got that?”
“Yes sir,” replied the platoon. Wiremu dug through his backpack and pulled out a coil of rope. He attached one end of it to his combat harness and looped the other end of it around a solid-looking piece of wall. Lowering himself down the side of the building, he gently descended until he was just above the top of the E.T perimeter wall. He pushed himself off the tower and grabbed onto the wall. Hauling himself up, he crouched on the wall and disconnected his rope, allowing it to hang freely down the side of the building. The other NZSAS joined him and they gently jumped down inside the base.
With Lieutenant Wallace taking point, the platoon stealthily moved inside the complex, staying behind cover and in what shadows there were. The roar of jet engines and the crackle of gunfire echoed all around the complex. A pair of RNZAF fighters made a bombing run on the complex, hitting what Wiremu guessed was the barracks. Seeing how mot of the guards were distracted by the bombing, Wallace took the opportunity and led the soldiers to the alien ship. The large boarding ramp was lowered and appeared to be lightly guarded. A few shots from a silenced M7A3 took care of the two guards, their spidery bodies hitting the ground.
The special forces soldiers ran silently up the ramp, their rifles raised. They found themselves in a cavernous hangar that housed row upon row of alien Behemoth tanks. There were what appeared to be landing pads for fighters and dropships on a gallery that hung over the main bay. The sides of the ship were lined with strange cylindrical tanks. Private Hudson walked over to one of the tanks and peered inside. He recoiled in horror.
“LT,” he spoke into the radio, “Look inside the tanks,” he said.
Wallace did so.
“What the….?” he exclaimed, swearing.
“It’s like some kind of…” Hudson searched for the right words.
“Nutrient gel?” suggested Wiremu, creeped out by the tanks.
“Probably,” agreed Lieutenant Wallace, “Take some pictures for Command.”
Hudson did so. Once he was finished, the platoon moved down a side passage that took them out of the hangar.
“Are you sure you know where we’re going sir?” asked Sergeant Peirce.
“Yep,” replied Wallace as they turned right at a junction, “The Russians managed to translate enough of the alien language to find out the word for ‘computer’,” he pointed to some wall markings, “Those signs say that we’re heading towards the computer room.”
“Right,” Pierce nodded. A thought came to him, “Isn’t it dangerous to the mission to only have one person know the alien language?”
Before the lieutenant could reply, Wiremu’s motion tracker detected something approaching down the corridor.
Wallace had noticed it too.
“Everyone! In here!” he gestured to a darkened room. Moving quietly, the platoon quickly filed into the door. Wallace shut the door behind them, just as a patrol of E.T.’s scuttled past.
Curious about the room, Wiremu switched on his torch. The light revealed scores of alien bio-tanks arranged in rows that stretched from one end of the room to the other.
“Sir,” he called urgently. Wallace looked at the tanks caught in the torchlight.
“Wow,” he said. ‘Wow’ was not the exact word used.
Private Smith was looking out the door.
“All clear sir,” he whispered. Wallace led the soldiers out of the nightmare-inducing room, and further down the corridor. Every few metres, there would be a room filled to the brim with bio-tanks. Wiremu surmised that the tanks were the alien equivalents of barracks. As each soldier only needed about two metres of floor space, the E.T. higher-ups could jam as many troops as they wanted into a spacecraft.
Eventually, the platoon reached the end of the corridor. The way was barred with a solid-looking blast door, marked with alien script. Wiremu couldn’t read any of it but decided that the words were saying ‘AUTHORISED PERSONNEL ONLY’ or ‘NO ENTRY’ or something to that effect.
Wallace tapped a button, hoping it was the ‘Open’ button and not the ‘Sound the Alarm’ button. To his relief, the door opened. The special forces were met by a dimly lit room. The sides were lined with computer banks that had blinking blue lights. A low hum permeated the air.
While two of the soldiers guarded the entrance, the rest of the unit filed into the room. After a few minutes of searching, Wiremu found the plug they were looking for. Producing a 50-petabyte hard drive and the adaptor cable, he plugged it into the computer. Lieutenant Wallace came over and pressed a few buttons on the computer’s interface, starting the download.
“How do we know that we’re not downloading yesterday’s soup recipes, sir?” asked Peirce. Wallace shrugged.
“We don’t,” he replied, “But whatever we do find, it will help us translate more of their language. Then, another mission, somewhere else in the world, can download the data we need.”
About five minutes passed before the hard drive beeped, signalling the download was complete. Wiremu pulled the cable out and pocketed the hard drive with the cable still attached. The NZSAS then moved out of the computer room and back down the corridor, taking care not to be spotted. Once they reached the hangar, Private Higgins produced several bricks of C4. These were attached to the Behemoth tanks stored inside the bay. Other explosives were placed around the bay. While no one knew if they would be enough to destroy the ship, they would at least impede the invasion’s progress.
Just as they were ready to leave, there was a cry of alarm. A laser blast shot through the helmet of an unfortunate soldier, killing him. The soldiers near him opened up on an E.T. perched on one of the landing pads, killing him. An alarm sounded throughout the ship.
“That got their attention,” muttered Sergeant Peirce.
“The whole ship is on alert!” exclaimed Wallace, “We’ve got to go, now!”
One of the soldiers collected the fallen man’s dog-tags and ran out of the bay. As soon as they cleared the ramp, the platoon came under fire from all sides. While their armour protected them against glancing and even direct hits from the lasers, there were too many aliens, and the soldiers were forced to take cover behind an outbuilding.
“This is 1st NZSAS Platoon to Command,” Wallace shouted into the radio, “We have been compromised and are taking fire inside the main E.T. complex. We need air support, over!”
“Roger,” crackled the reply, “Am directing friendly Attack units to your position, over.”
A new voice chimed in.
“1st NZSAS platoon, this is Hotel 4, flight of two AV-9s,” drawled an Australian pilot, “Coming in to provide air support, over.”
“Roger Hotel Four,” replied Wallace, “I’m popping Red smoke in the complex, over.” He pulled out a somke grenade and hurled it at the E.T. forces.
“Roger, have eyes on red smoke,” replied the pilot.
“Hotel 4 cleared hot!” yelled the lieutenant as another SAS was hit.
“Roger, cleared hot,” acknowledged the helijet pilot, “Guns, guns, guns.”
The helijet opened up with its machine guns, while the other one fired its rockets at the aliens. The soldiers cheered as the aircraft flew over the base, dodging anti-aircraft lasers. They two ‘jets continued to shoot at the invaders, destroying several buildings in the process.
“Come on, let’s go!” ordered Wallace. While the aliens were trying not to die from Australian helijet fire, the New Zealanders got up and ran towards the exit.
“Uh, two, you see anyone left down there?” asked one of the pilots.
“Negative, we got ‘em,” replied the other, “Good luck boys,” the last remark was addressed to the soldiers. Their job done, the two aircraft pulled up and flew off to attack other targets.
The platoon eventually reached the safety of a small diner. Taking cover inside, Private Higgins pulled out the detonator for the C4. Pressing it, the troops were rewarded by the sound of several small explosions, followed by a loud thunderclap as unidentified alien hardware was destroyed in a chain reaction.
“1st NZSAS platoon, this is Kakapo flight,” said a voice on the radio, “We are at the R.V point, ready for evac.”
“Roger,” replied Wallace, “We’ll be there in five. Come on everyone,” he called to the soldiers, “We’re almost there.”
They made their way out of the diner and to a parking lot, where three UH-90 helicopters were standing by. Boarding one of the aircraft, Wiremu looked around him. In the distance, where the alien base was, there was a rising column of smoke. He smiled. They had done something to the aliens. Whether it would affect the War in any meaningful way, only time would tell. Lieutenant Wallace was speaking to the helicopter crew.
“We’ve been under radio silence,” he was saying, “How’s the battle going?”
“We’re actually winning,” replied the pilot, “I know, I’m just as surprised as you are,” he added, seeing Wallace’s shocked expression, “The brass back at base will tell you about it when you get debriefed,” he said.
As the helicopters took off and flew to friendly lines, Wiremu sat in thought. If New Zealand, of all countries, could turn the tide against the invaders with limited help from Australia, then how easy would it be for other, more powerful nations to do the same?
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2019.12.31 00:43 whetu How not to fix a soak pit

I recently finished this long running drama of a project and thought some of you might be interested in some details. Would I have done some things differently? Sure. I was hoping to get some more testing of the system done and maybe some sensors in there for some stats/smarts, but things happened that forced me to close it up sooner than I'd have liked.
I've put some highlights into an imgur album here:
https://imgur.com/a/BsDAhJH
Here's some extra detail from another post of mine from a while ago, I've sanitised a few words:
But if you want to roughly go through a design exercise, grab a copy of E1/VM1 here (pdf warning) and you'll find the juicy stuff on pages 30 and 31. Various councils around the country have guidance documents based on this as well, Hamilton City's has always been a great one to reference.
In the [area where I live] we tend to have a mix of alluvial soils and heavy clay loams. Knowing that my soil is now draining fairly well, I skipped the perc test and found the worst-case-but-still-acceptable drainage figure I could find for clay (3.6mm/hr). I know I'm draining better than that, but I'm intentionally assuming and calculating for worse: Over-engineering built-in #1.
Some example formulas you might see out there will imply that the floor area of your house is sufficient, but (most) roofs don't work like that - they're pitched. So I added 40% to my home's floor area (93m2, just round up to 100m2, add 40% = 140m2). You do the same thing when calculating how much paint you need to paint your roof. Over-engineering built-in #2.
The required rainfall data from NIWA for us is 27.3mm
[Regional council] requires the addition of 16% to future-proof for climate change - a piece of information that isn't widely spread. Looking at my notes it seems that I applied this to the rainfall figure, so that 27.3mm is now 31.6mm. Over-engineering built-in #3.
So, if we work through the formulas on page 31:
Vstor = Rc - Vsoak
Rc = 10CIA
C is my roof, so 0.90 I is the rainfall intensity, so 31.6mm/hr (incl regional council bias)
  • n.b Strike the '10' off the 10CIA formula and just use this as-is. You'll get the full litres output value, which you can divide down for m3. Otherwise, use e.g. 0.0316m/hr
A is the roof area, which for me is 140m2 (incl +40% pitch bias)
0.90 * 31.6 * 140 = 3981.6L
Rc = 3.98m3
Vsoak = base area of the soak pit multiplied by the soakage rate, divided by 1000.
For me that's 5.76m2 * 3.6mm/hr / 1000 = 0.02
So, Vstor = 3.98 - 0.02 = 3.96m3, or 4000 litres basically.
Now, the problem is how you construct your soak pit. One of the classic ways to do it was to throw a bunch of river stones into a hole and be done with it. Let's assume you line your dug out soak pit with geotextile and do that... well you've only got ~40% of your volume available for water. So that 3.96m3 for me means that using the river stones approach would require a soak pit closer to 11m3. That's... not going to happen.
I'm going for another approach which will be a homespun rip-off/variant of the Cirtex Smartsoak system.
Alternatively, my Vsoak value is minimal, so I could just get 4+ 1000L IBC Tote tanks (i.e. that's my Vstor value covered), catch all my rainwater into those and discharge them in a controlled manner into a much smaller soak pit ahem or to an onsite stormwater drain ahem. You could go the next step and plumb those tote tanks in for toilet and laundry use, which is a whole other project with other considerations. Because I'm going to do that too :)
I await your laughter and/or condemnation :D
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2019.10.04 20:36 weilim Overview of China Influence and Interference Activities in Australia

INTRODUCTION

According to the Chinese government that don't conduct influence and interference operations in foreign countries. However, the Communist Party of China (CPC) have had influencing operations for both ethnic Chinese and others in foreign countries in 1930s, and this continued after the CPC seized control in 1949. In fact, the period between 1945-1965 for Hong Kong and countries like Indonesia and Myanmar were both the CPC and the Nationalist (KMT) both could operate, experienced intense and open influencing operations from both sides According to the former SIngaporean diplomat, Bilahari Kausikan said
First, China explicitly rejects the norm of not interfering in another state's domestic affairs and believes its interests should be promoted wherever they may be.
Second, China uses a range of tactics - from legitimate diplomacy to more covert and often illegal deployment of agents of influence and operations - to sway decision makers or public opinion leaders.
As countries want to keep diplomatic relations with Beijing on an even keel, they can end up overlooking or downplaying the subtler manipulation, he said.
Third, the aim of its influence operations is not just to direct behavior, but to condition behaviour.
He said: "China doesn't just want you to comply with its wishes, it wants you to... do what it wants without being told."
Other government use these legitimate diplomacy and other legal methods to influence, and many use illegal and covert methods.
While China just doesn't just target diaspora populations, diaspora communities with recent Chinese immigrants or were a high % of overseas Chinese still use language media are particularly attractive targets.
Chinese interference and influencing operations is a hot button issue in Australia but Canada and New Zealand as well. In /Australia and /Canada, topics regarding Chinese interference have reached top 20 post in the last month, for New Zealand its top 5. All three countries have large ethnic Chinese population. In terms of share of the population, ethnic Chinese in Australia, Canada and New Zealand make up 5.6% (2018), 5.1% (2017) and 4.2% (2013) of the respective. population. Asians make up 16%, 18% and 15% of their respective populations. In contrast, Chinese make up 1.5% of the US population, in the uK its 0.7% population. Outside Greater China, only Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand where ethnic Chinese make up a larger % of the population. Furthermore, most of Chinese in the three Anglo-Saxon counters have arrived in the last 30 years, in contrast to 100-140 years for Singapore and Malaysia.
Furthermore, the three Anglo Saxon societies are open with regards to first generation immigrants participating in politics. There are MP in all three countries who immigrated in their twenties or thirties. In contrast, in the US all foreign born Representatives in the House are 1.5 generation, meaning they arrived in the country as children, with the oldest being 16 when she arrived, Americans have accent discrimination, meaning they want someone to sound American to present them These countries are worried about if a MP is Chinese spy, because of his suspected links to Chinese military intelligence (which he didn't disclose when applying for residency), not whether he was a member of the Young Pioneers.. This is one reason why, some want New Zealand kicked out of the Five Eyes.
.In the last month alone there have been at least three separate issues regarding Chinese interference.
I believe Australia's increasing hostility toward China is driven largely by fear of Chinese interference and influence in domestic affairs as well as Chinese competition in Australia's Pacific backyard.

AUSTRALIA-CHINA STUCK WITH EACH OTHER ECONOMICALLY

I am going to explain Australia-China's economic ties. It is not as simple as China is the buyer and Australia's run a trade surplus with China, Australia must listen to China. When one is talking about trade dependency the key is how much a country export to China, not the total trade volume. Chinese has little leverage on import side.
Australia is more dependent on exports to China than all Asian nations except for New Zealand, Taiwan, North Korea, Mongolia and Myanmar. About 31% of Australia's exports go to China. For Indonesia it is 12%, Thailand 11.4%, Vietnam 14.5%, Malaysia 16%, Japan 17.6%, South Korea 25%. US is the largest export destination for Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.
However, for physical goods Australia and China are joined at the hip economically, and China just can't walk away from Australia and find another seller for the top imports from Australia - Iron ore and Coal. Australia is the only seller that can meet China's demand for Iron and to a lesser extent Coal. These two products make up 2/3 of Australia's export earnings. Australia's is the top exporter of Iron ore, making up 50% of the world's iron exports. Brazil is number 2 at 22%, South Africa is 3 with 4.6% of world production. It is also the second largest producer with 825,000,000 metric tons a year, China produces 1,380,000,000 and the third largest producer Brazil produces 428,000,000.. China imports 1 Billion tonnes a year. China had suspected of restricting imports of Australian coal earlier in the year, again Australia makes up 38% of exports, Indonesia is second at 17%, Russia is 14% and US at 10%.
Secondly, while Chinese investment gets a lot of attention, and Australia received about AUD$10 Billion of Chinese investment, ASEAN received Billion US$15.6 from Hong Kong and China. Australia received the same % of Chinese direct investment relative to the size of her economy. However, Chinese investment investment in Australia, while high profile like in real estate, is still below that of Western countries in Australia and ASEAN. US investments alone make up 25% of total FDI capital stock in Australia vs 5.2% for China. In 2017, the US invested AUD$ 33 Billion vs 9 Billion for China and Hong Kong.
Thirdly, the 153,000 Chinese students make up the 40% of the total number of foreign students in Australia. They bring in about AUD$11 Billion in export revenue a year, that 0.8% of Australia's GDP
Unlike New Zealand, China's economic hold on Australia isn't strong enough that Australia will disregard China's threats to her security both internally and regionally.

CHINA MAIN METHODS OF INFLUENCE AND INTERFERENCE

CONTROLLING THE NARRATIVE
AS I mentioned in a previous post, Contemporary China's Quest for Rejuvenation and the Century of Humiliation, I stress the importance of the Chinese government in controlling, making people believe and use their narrative. The Chinese government propotagates the notion that China was the dominant power in Asia, that it was non-expansionist and peaceful power. Chinese diplomats trained in China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) according to a Western professor who taught at CFAU
A peaceful world player, who, although powerful in the past, had never viciously conquered or invaded others. The example of the Ming dynasty maritime explorer Zheng He (1371-1433) regularly featured in the discussion. China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU)
Sino-centric scholars like David Kang have contributed to this narrative, that Asia is peaceful when China is strong, and unstable when China is weak, and other challenge it like Japan. If you don't have the academic and historical knowledge its easy to fall for such narratives,
China sees its influence campaign to spread its narrative, and more importantly to get you to spread their narrative. Bilahari Kausikan says
"China doesn't just want you to comply with its wishes, it wants you to... do what it wants without being told" A key tactic is present the target with oversimplified narratives, "forcing false choices on you and making you choose between them", he said. For example, "America is the past and China is the future, so get on the right track", or that being close to the US makes it difficult to have a close economic relationship with China, he said.
PLAYING THE MAN
In the article, CONTRASTING CHINA’S AND RUSSIA’S INFLUENCE OPERATIONS, the author Peter Mattis, argues while the Russian excel at Set Piece Operations, the Chinese interference operations heavily involve "Playing the Man"
The Chinese, however, seem to focus on individuals rather than effects, on shaping the personal context rather than operational tricks. It is person-to-person relationships that carry the weight of Chinese information operations. Many of China’s first-generation diplomats and negotiators — including Zhou Enlai, Wu Xiuquan, Li Kenong, Xiong Xianghui, Liao Chengzhi, and many others — worked for some time as intelligence officers. For example, Li Kenong was Beijing’s chief negotiator at the Panmunjom talks with the United Nations during the Korean War and a vice foreign minister. His party career, however, began in intelligence where he was one of the “Three Heroes of the Dragon’s Lair” and rose to become a deputy director of the party’s intelligence service.
How the author cautions this aren't perfect distinctions, and both system use a variety of methods, and China is using some methods in relation to Taiwan. as the Russians did Ukraine.
I suspect the Chinese "play the man" stems for two reasons, By focusing on individuals, all you have to worry about is human psychology and base instinct (like money and sex. To conduct a broad Russian style influencing operation require understanding Western society. The second reason for this individualized approach mirror relations between states in Imperial China. Relations between China and her neighbors were couched in personal terms between sovereign and sovereign, but more importantly her long involvement with the Steppe nomads. For much of the last 1000 years, the biggest threat to China was a charismatic leader uniting and organizing the steppe nomads into invading China. This happened twice, with Genghis Khan and Nurhaci, the founder and ruler of the Manchus.
Chinese interference operations in Australia, involves "Playing the Man" hundreds if not thousands of times. They target academics, politicians, business people, and prominent members of society. If you do this enough and long enough, you will end up with hundred of times across various level of society you will end up with hundreds prominent influencers, and if China's spy agency, State Security Ministry does it, assets. The State Security Ministry, plays more of support role, than the FSB/KGB in Russia. The supposed Chinese hacking of Australia National University (ANU) , help in their efforts "Play the Man"

CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY AND THE UNITED FRONT

When dealing with officials in the Chinese government, one must remember at the end you are dealing with members of the Communist Party. China is a party state. While non-party members were common in the Chinese bureaucracy in the 1950s, now they are exceedingly rare
It would be safe to say all Chinese diplomats are party members. One would expect the primary bureaucracy China deals with the outside world would be less ideological, and that might have been the case in the past. However, the reality now is because they are dealing with foreigners, there has to be greater ideologization. Here is an article written by Merriden Varrall who taught International Relations and International Development at the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) in Beijing from 2009-2010. Here are the main points from the article:
The author sees the CPC desire for loyalty among diplomats, increasing the number of undiplomatic behavior among Chinese diplomats as we saw during the Kimberley Process in Western Australia in 2017. incidents in Europe, Chinese diplomats praising Chinese students groups for attacking Hong Kong protestors in Australia and New Zealand and suspected involvement in protesting a speech by Uighur Activist in Canada. This type behavior isn't approaching the behavior of Chinese diplomats of 60s yet, where Chinese diplomats attacked British police.
There is another factor which will increase the intensity of China's interference and influencing operations, most influencing efforts will be brought under the UFWD (United Front Work Department), the main influencing body, Most interference operations occurring prior to 2018 was amateurish and lacked coordination, because many UWFD had to work with other departments. The UWFD is an organizations found in China int the 1930s to win over non-Communist Party members to the Communist cause. They are responsible for managing influential elites and community groups inside and outside China. Among these groups include religious groups, ethnic minorities, Hong Kong-Taiwan-Macau and overseas Chinese. In the UFWD there is little division between internal and external operations This is For example, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (OACO) used to be under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, now its under the UWFD. However, its effectiveness even with the reorganization is not certain, given they are using the same people they were using before.

HOW SERIOUS IS THE INTERFERENCE?

In this section I will list incidents and events of Chinese interference and influence that are substantive and others which aren't or classified.
POLITICAL
In early September, referencing the ASIO Director General, Duncan Lewis, the Guardian wrote
Australia’s outgoing spy chief says malevolent state espionage and foreign interference poses an “existential threat” to Australia in a way that extremist terrorism does not. Duncan Lewis, the director general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, will retire this month after a five-year term, handing over to Signals Directorate boss Mike Burgess. He told a Lowy Institute forum on Wednesday night that of the three major “vectors” threatening Australia’s security – espionage and foreign interference; terrorism; and cybersecurity – the interference of hostile state actors posed the most serious threat.
During his speech, he didn't once mention China. The basis of the Australia's National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018 was a top secret report released in 2017. According to this article
One intelligence source told the ABC there had been infiltration at every layer of Australian Government, right down to local councils
Here I will list the main Chinese influencing political scandals that have occured in the last 3 years, not including the Gladys Liu scandal.
  1. The 2016 .scandal. Sam Dastyari was a Senator for the Labour Party, He asked a Education company,Top Education Institute, to pay for his staff travel expenses when he went over the allocated amount by AUD$ 1,670.82. Top Education Institutes is owned by Minshen Zhu. Mr Zhu is said to be highly regarded in China. He is a senior adviser to the University of Sydney's Confucius Institute, has connections to China's Fudan University and wields considerable clout at home as a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the Communist Party's people's forum, Dastyari had other expenses covered by organizations affiliated with the CPC. Sam Dastyari addressing a gathering of Chinese media in Sydney has revealed he offered a detailed defence of China's policy in the South China Sea, in defiance of official ALP policy
Here is a list of other instances of Chinese interference, but with weak proof.
To be honest, only the Gladys Liu and Sam Dastyari scandal were/are a concern. In the Gladys Liu's case its a witch hunt, not because she is Chinese, because Labor wants revenge because the Coalition did the same for Dastyari. Secondly, the Australian media focused on association with organizations like Guangdong provincial branch of the China Overseas Exchange Association the Australia Jiangmen General Commercial Association were linked with Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (OCAO). The OCAO only came under the United Front in 2018. Her mistake wasn't her association with such organizations, but failure to disclose it during preselection. Its understandable given that these organizations were seen as harmless 5 years ago, when they weren't directly under the control of UFWD, Thirdly, the Chinese media doesn't help China by defending Liu when she couldn't respond to simple questions from reporters. It gives the impression that China is backing Liu.
If Sam Dastyari and Gladys Liu had committed these acts today in Australia, they would most likely face criminal charges based on the new legislation passed in 2018.
UNIVERSITIES
The Education Minister, Dan Tehan, Australia will setup new university foreign interference task force that will consist of four working groups
To prevent and respond to cyber security incidents; to protect intellectual property and research; to ensure collaboration with foreign entities is transparent and does not harm Australian interests; and to foster “a positive security culture”
Here are several concerns and incidents that precipitated this
Chinese interference in Australian universities is the issue that has the most impact on Australia and your average Australians. Its going to be the more difficult to resolve given the dependency of Australian universities on Chinese students.
CHINESE AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY
This is the area where the Chinese Government has the most influence over. It comes in four forms.
Here are covert and illegal activities that the Chinese state is suspected of being involved, but not proven
China uses its influence in order to get its narrative across to Chinese living overseas. The bulk of the influence comes from its control of syndicated content and ownership of the media. Outside of Taiwan and Singapore, much of Chinese language media is pro-Beijing, so its not unique to Australia. When I say Pro-Beijing, there are different levels. A news channel getting all of its content from CGTN is just repeating the CPC line. With the pro-Beijing outside Mainland China like TVB its more gray. In areas the unity of China and their stance on the Hong Kong protest they adhere to Beijing's line, but differ in other areas.

National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018

The Act does the following
Federal Criminal Code to introduce the new national security offenses, and the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018 establishes a registration scheme for communications activities undertaken on behalf of or in collaboration with certain foreigners. The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017, which has yet to be passed, would ban foreign political donations along with other changes to electoral laws
Here are a list of foreign interference offences
  1. Illegal for a person to knowingly engage in covert conduct or deception on behalf of a “foreign principal” (which is defined to include any foreign government, foreign political organization, or related entities or persons) with the intention of influencing an Australian political process, the exercise of a vote or prejudicing national security.
  2. Illegal to attempt to influence a target in relation to any political process or exercise of an Australian democratic right (which the legislation leaves undefined) on behalf of or in collaboration with a foreign principal if this foreign connection is not disclosed to the target. (It is not necessary that the agent “have in mind a particular foreign principal” when engaging in the conduct )
For the above offenses the maximum penalty is 20 years if conduct is intentional, 15 years if done recklessly. National security is defined not only as the defense of the country but also its “political, military or economic relations” with other countries.
The registration scheme is as follows
A person who undertakes any general political lobbying or any kind of communications activity for the purpose of political influence on behalf of a foreign principal—that includes any foreign political organization—must register with the government within 14 days.
THe punishment for failing to do so is 2-5 years in imprisonment. This scheme is modeled on the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). While FARA states agents as any non-US person, Australia defines it as foreign governments and political organizations but unlike FARA there are no exemption for those already registered as lobbyist.
The Australian government intention claim its prophylactic, or in my opinion to scare people so they won't associate with said organizations. The Australian legislation has no provision to tackle the dissemination of false information on social media, but its most likely because the Australian government believes it has no clout with those companies.

HOW CHINA DEALS WITH THE INTERFERENCE ACCUSATIONS

China interferes with Australia's internal affairs, and get caught, and Australia responds by tightening security, introducing new legislation and calling out China for interference.
How does China respond? Well she launched a campaign denial and counter accusations. The Chinese state media, supporters of China accuse the Australia government and media of double standards, paranoia, racism. They bring up a forty year conspiracy theory about US involvement in John Kerr dismissal of Gough Whitlam, She then brings out old arguments that that Australia isn't part of Asia and doesn't understand China. People in Canberra panic, and they bring out the China Hand who most likely has been bought by China.
Like Bilahari Kausikan said she pushes her simplified narrative and false dilemma
And says that Australia could benefit if she work for her own "interest" to mediate between China and the US. This follows through with what Bilahari Kausikan "China doesn't just want you to comply with its wishes, it wants you to... do what it wants without being told."
China goes on these offensive that last can last months or even years, when smaller countries displease her. In recent years, Japan, South Korea and Singapore have displeased them. In the case of Japan, relations with China, alternate between freezes and warming.
If the society is as paranoia and racist as Australia as the Chinese media thinks, why is China racing to influence every Chinese community organization in Australia, donating millions to Australian politicians and political parties through its proxies. If You known you are putting your head in the hornet's nest why do it?
Among three countries Australia, Canada and New Zealand, Australia is the most paranoid.

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2019.10.04 04:18 weilim Overview of China Influence and Interference Activities in Australia

INTRODUCTION

According to the Chinese government that don't conduct influence and interference operations in foreign countries. However, the Communist Party of China (CPC) have had influencing operations for both ethnic Chinese and others in foreign countries in 1930s, and this continued after the CPC seized control in 1949. In fact, the period between 1945-1965 for Hong Kong and countries like Indonesia and Myanmar were both the CPC and the Nationalist (KMT) both could operate, experienced intense and open influencing operations from both sides According to the former SIngaporean diplomat, Bilahari Kausikan said
First, China explicitly rejects the norm of not interfering in another state's domestic affairs and believes its interests should be promoted wherever they may be.
Second, China uses a range of tactics - from legitimate diplomacy to more covert and often illegal deployment of agents of influence and operations - to sway decision makers or public opinion leaders.
As countries want to keep diplomatic relations with Beijing on an even keel, they can end up overlooking or downplaying the subtler manipulation, he said.
Third, the aim of its influence operations is not just to direct behavior, but to condition behaviour.
He said: "China doesn't just want you to comply with its wishes, it wants you to... do what it wants without being told."
Other government use these legitimate diplomacy and other legal methods to influence, and many use illegal and covert methods.
While China just doesn't just target diaspora populations, diaspora communities with recent Chinese immigrants or were a high % of overseas Chinese still use language media are particularly attractive targets.
Chinese interference and influencing operations is a hot button issue in Australia but Canada and New Zealand as well. In /Australia and /Canada, topics regarding Chinese interference have reached top 20 post in the last month, for New Zealand its top 5. All three countries have large ethnic Chinese population. In terms of share of the population, ethnic Chinese in Australia, Canada and New Zealand make up 5.6% (2018), 5.1% (2017) and 4.2% (2013) of the respective. population. Asians make up 16%, 18% and 15% of their respective populations. In contrast, Chinese make up 1.5% of the US population, in the uK its 0.7% population. Outside Greater China, only Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand where ethnic Chinese make up a larger % of the population. Furthermore, most of Chinese in the three Anglo-Saxon counters have arrived in the last 30 years, in contrast to 100-140 years for Singapore and Malaysia.
Furthermore, the three Anglo Saxon societies are open with regards to first generation immigrants participating in politics. There are MP in all three countries who immigrated in their twenties or thirties. In contrast, in the US all foreign born Representatives in the House are 1.5 generation, meaning they arrived in the country as children, with the oldest being 16 when she arrived, Americans have accent discrimination, meaning they want someone to sound American to present them These countries are worried about if a MP is Chinese spy, because of his suspected links to Chinese military intelligence (which he didn't disclose when applying for residency), not whether he was a member of the Young Pioneers.. This is one reason why, some want New Zealand kicked out of the Five Eyes.
.In the last month alone there have been at least three separate issues regarding Chinese interference.
I believe Australia's increasing hostility toward China is driven largely by fear of Chinese interference and influence in domestic affairs as well as Chinese competition in Australia's Pacific backyard.

AUSTRALIA-CHINA STUCK WITH EACH OTHER ECONOMICALLY

I am going to explain Australia-China's economic ties. It is not as simple as China is the buyer and Australia's run a trade surplus with China, Australia must listen to China. When one is talking about trade dependency the key is how much a country export to China, not the total trade volume. Chinese has little leverage on the import side.
Australia is more dependent on exports to China than all Asian nations except for New Zealand, Taiwan, North Korea, Mongolia and Myanmar. About 31% of Australia's exports go to China. For Indonesia it is 12%, Thailand 11.4%, Vietnam 14.5%, Malaysia 16%, Japan 17.6%, South Korea 25%. US is the largest export destination for Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.
However, for physical goods Australia and China are joined at the hip economically, and China just can't walk away from Australia and find another seller for the top imports from Australia - Iron ore and Coal. Australia is the only seller that can meet China's demand for Iron and to a lesser extent Coal. These two products make up 2/3 of Australia's export earnings. Australia's is the top exporter of Iron ore, making up 50% of the world's iron exports. Brazil is number 2 at 22%, South Africa is 3 with 4.6% of world production. It is also the second largest producer with 825,000,000 metric tons a year, China produces 1,380,000,000 and the third largest producer Brazil produces 428,000,000.. China imports 1 Billion tonnes a year. China had suspected of restricting imports of Australian coal earlier in the year, again Australia makes up 38% of exports, Indonesia is second at 17%, Russia is 14% and US at 10%.
Secondly, while Chinese investment gets a lot of attention, and Australia received about AUD$10 Billion of Chinese investment, ASEAN received Billion US$15.6 from Hong Kong and China. Australia received the same % of Chinese direct investment relative to the size of her economy. However, Chinese investment investment in Australia, while high profile like in real estate, is still below that of Western countries in Australia and ASEAN. US investments alone make up 25% of total FDI capital stock in Australia vs 5.2% for China. In 2017, the US invested AUD$ 33 Billion vs 9 Billion for China and Hong Kong.
Thirdly, the 153,000 Chinese students make up the 40% of the total number of foreign students in Australia. They bring in about AUD$11 Billion in export revenue a year, that 0.8% of Australia's GDP
Unlike New Zealand, China's economic hold on Australia isn't strong enough that Australia will disregard China's threats to her security both internally and regionally.

CHINA MAIN METHODS OF INFLUENCE AND INTERFERENCE

CONTROLLING THE NARRATIVE
AS I mentioned in a previous post, Contemporary China's Quest for Rejuvenation and the Century of Humiliation, I stress the importance of the Chinese government in controlling, making people believe and use their narrative. The Chinese government propotagates the notion that China was the dominant power in Asia, that it was non-expansionist and peaceful power. Chinese diplomats trained in China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) according to a Western professor who taught at CFAU
A peaceful world player, who, although powerful in the past, had never viciously conquered or invaded others. The example of the Ming dynasty maritime explorer Zheng He (1371-1433) regularly featured in the discussion. China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU)
Sino-centric scholars like David Kang have contributed to this narrative, that Asia is peaceful when China is strong, and unstable when China is weak, and other challenge it like Japan. If you don't have the academic and historical knowledge its easy to fall for such narratives,
China sees its influence campaign to spread its narrative, and more importantly to get you to spread their narrative. Bilahari Kausikan says
"China doesn't just want you to comply with its wishes, it wants you to... do what it wants without being told" A key tactic is present the target with oversimplified narratives, "forcing false choices on you and making you choose between them", he said. For example, "America is the past and China is the future, so get on the right track", or that being close to the US makes it difficult to have a close economic relationship with China, he said.
PLAYING THE MAN
In the article, CONTRASTING CHINA’S AND RUSSIA’S INFLUENCE OPERATIONS, the author Peter Mattis, argues while the Russian excel at Set Piece Operations, the Chinese interference operations heavily involve "Playing the Man"
The Chinese, however, seem to focus on individuals rather than effects, on shaping the personal context rather than operational tricks. It is person-to-person relationships that carry the weight of Chinese information operations. Many of China’s first-generation diplomats and negotiators — including Zhou Enlai, Wu Xiuquan, Li Kenong, Xiong Xianghui, Liao Chengzhi, and many others — worked for some time as intelligence officers. For example, Li Kenong was Beijing’s chief negotiator at the Panmunjom talks with the United Nations during the Korean War and a vice foreign minister. His party career, however, began in intelligence where he was one of the “Three Heroes of the Dragon’s Lair” and rose to become a deputy director of the party’s intelligence service.
How the author cautions this aren't perfect distinctions, and both system use a variety of methods, and China is using some methods in relation to Taiwan. as the Russians did Ukraine.
I suspect the Chinese "play the man" stems for two reasons, By focusing on individuals, all you have to worry about is human psychology and base instinct (like money and sex. To conduct a broad Russian style influencing operation require understanding Western society. The second reason for this individualized approach mirror relations between states in Imperial China. Relations between China and her neighbors were couched in personal terms between sovereign and sovereign, but more importantly her long involvement with the Steppe nomads. For much of the last 1000 years, the biggest threat to China was a charismatic leader uniting and organizing the steppe nomads into invading China. This happened twice, with Genghis Khan and Nurhaci, the founder and ruler of the Manchus.
Chinese interference operations in Australia, involves "Playing the Man" hundreds if not thousands of times. They target academics, politicians, business people, and prominent members of society. If you do this enough and long enough, you will end up with hundred of times across various level of society you will end up with hundreds prominent influencers, and if China's spy agency, State Security Ministry does it, assets. The State Security Ministry, plays more of support role, than the FSB/KGB in Russia. The supposed Chinese hacking of Australia National University (ANU) , help in their efforts "Play the Man"

CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY AND THE UNITED FRONT

When dealing with officials in the Chinese government, one must remember at the end you are dealing with members of the Communist Party. China is a party state. While non-party members were common in the Chinese bureaucracy in the 1950s, now they are exceedingly rare
It would be safe to say all Chinese diplomats are party members. One would expect the primary bureaucracy China deals with the outside world would be less ideological, and that might have been the case in the past. However, the reality now is because they are dealing with foreigners, there has to be greater ideologization. Here is an article written by Merriden Varrall who taught International Relations and International Development at the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) in Beijing from 2009-2010. Here are the main points from the article:
The author sees the CPC desire for loyalty among diplomats, increasing the number of undiplomatic behavior among Chinese diplomats as we saw during the Kimberley Process in Western Australia in 2017. incidents in Europe, Chinese diplomats praising Chinese students groups for attacking Hong Kong protestors in Australia and New Zealand and suspected involvement in protesting a speech by Uighur Activist in Canada. This type behavior isn't approaching the behavior of Chinese diplomats of 60s yet, where Chinese diplomats attacked British police.
There is another factor which will increase the intensity of China's interference and influencing operations, most influencing efforts will be brought under the UFWD (United Front Work Department), the main influencing body, Most interference operations occurring prior to 2018 was amateurish and lacked coordination, because many UWFD had to work with other departments. The UWFD is an organizations found in China int the 1930s to win over non-Communist Party members to the Communist cause. They are responsible for managing influential elites and community groups inside and outside China. Among these groups include religious groups, ethnic minorities, Hong Kong-Taiwan-Macau and overseas Chinese. In the UFWD there is little division between internal and external operations This is For example, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (OACO) used to be under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, now its under the UWFD. However, its effectiveness even with the reorganization is not certain, given they are using the same people they were using before.

HOW SERIOUS IS THE INTERFERENCE?

In this section I will list incidents and events of Chinese interference and influence that are substantive and others which aren't or classified.
POLITICAL
In early September, referencing the ASIO Director General, Duncan Lewis, the Guardian wrote
Australia’s outgoing spy chief says malevolent state espionage and foreign interference poses an “existential threat” to Australia in a way that extremist terrorism does not. Duncan Lewis, the director general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, will retire this month after a five-year term, handing over to Signals Directorate boss Mike Burgess. He told a Lowy Institute forum on Wednesday night that of the three major “vectors” threatening Australia’s security – espionage and foreign interference; terrorism; and cybersecurity – the interference of hostile state actors posed the most serious threat.
During his speech, he didn't once mention China. The basis of the Australia's National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018 was a top secret report released in 2017. According to this article
One intelligence source told the ABC there had been infiltration at every layer of Australian Government, right down to local councils
Here I will list the main Chinese influencing political scandals that have occured in the last 3 years, not including the Gladys Liu scandal.
  1. The 2016 .scandal. Sam Dastyari was a Senator for the Labour Party, He asked a Education company,Top Education Institute, to pay for his staff travel expenses when he went over the allocated amount by AUD$ 1,670.82. Top Education Institutes is owned by Minshen Zhu. Mr Zhu is said to be highly regarded in China. He is a senior adviser to the University of Sydney's Confucius Institute, has connections to China's Fudan University and wields considerable clout at home as a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the Communist Party's people's forum, Dastyari had other expenses covered by organizations affiliated with the CPC. Sam Dastyari addressing a gathering of Chinese media in Sydney has revealed he offered a detailed defence of China's policy in the South China Sea, in defiance of official ALP policy
Here is a list of other instances of Chinese interference, but with weak proof.
To be honest, only the Gladys Liu and Sam Dastyari scandal were/are a concern. In the Gladys Liu's case its a witch hunt, not because she is Chinese, because Labor wants revenge because the Coalition did the same for Dastyari. Secondly, the Australian media focused on association with organizations like Guangdong provincial branch of the China Overseas Exchange Association the Australia Jiangmen General Commercial Association were linked with Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (OCAO). The OCAO only came under the United Front in 2018. Her mistake wasn't her association with such organizations, but failure to disclose it during preselection. Its understandable given that these organizations were seen as harmless 5 years ago, when they weren't directly under the control of UFWD, Thirdly, the Chinese media doesn't help China by defending Liu when she couldn't respond to simple questions from reporters. It gives the impression that China is backing Liu.
If Sam Dastyari and Gladys Liu had committed these acts today in Australia, they would most likely face criminal charges based on the new legislation passed in 2018.
UNIVERSITIES
The Education Minister, Dan Tehan, Australia will setup new university foreign interference task force that will consist of four working groups
To prevent and respond to cyber security incidents; to protect intellectual property and research; to ensure collaboration with foreign entities is transparent and does not harm Australian interests; and to foster “a positive security culture”
Here are several concerns and incidents that precipitated this
Chinese interference in Australian universities is the issue that has the most impact on Australia and your average Australians. Its going to be the more difficult to resolve given the dependency of Australian universities on Chinese students.
CHINESE AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY
This is the area where the Chinese Government has the most influence over. It comes in four forms.
Here are covert and illegal activities that the Chinese state is suspected of being involved, but not proven
China uses its influence in order to get its narrative across to Chinese living overseas. The bulk of the influence comes from its control of syndicated content and ownership of the media. Outside of Taiwan and Singapore, much of Chinese language media is pro-Beijing, so its not unique to Australia. When I say Pro-Beijing, there are different levels. A news channel getting all of its content from CGTN is just repeating the CPC line. With the pro-Beijing outside Mainland China like TVB its more gray. In areas the unity of China and their stance on the Hong Kong protest they adhere to Beijing's line, but differ in other areas.
According to Professor John Fitzgerald, who served as Representative of The Ford Foundation in Beijing
The party’s united front diplomacy gives particular grounds for concern where it reaches out to people of Chinese descent regardless of citizenship, demands their loyalty to the party, and engages in covert and coercive behaviour to silence Chinese-Australians who harbour deep affection for China but none for the party.

National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018

The Act does the following
Federal Criminal Code to introduce the new national security offenses, and the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018 establishes a registration scheme for communications activities undertaken on behalf of or in collaboration with certain foreigners. The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017, which has yet to be passed, would ban foreign political donations along with other changes to electoral laws
Here are a list of foreign interference offences
  1. Illegal for a person to knowingly engage in covert conduct or deception on behalf of a “foreign principal” (which is defined to include any foreign government, foreign political organization, or related entities or persons) with the intention of influencing an Australian political process, the exercise of a vote or prejudicing national security.
  2. Illegal to attempt to influence a target in relation to any political process or exercise of an Australian democratic right (which the legislation leaves undefined) on behalf of or in collaboration with a foreign principal if this foreign connection is not disclosed to the target. (It is not necessary that the agent “have in mind a particular foreign principal” when engaging in the conduct )
For the above offenses the maximum penalty is 20 years if conduct is intentional, 15 years if done recklessly. National security is defined not only as the defense of the country but also its “political, military or economic relations” with other countries.
The registration scheme is as follows
A person who undertakes any general political lobbying or any kind of communications activity for the purpose of political influence on behalf of a foreign principal—that includes any foreign political organization—must register with the government within 14 days.
THe punishment for failing to do so is 2-5 years in imprisonment. This scheme is modeled on the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). While FARA states agents as any non-US person, Australia defines it as foreign governments and political organizations but unlike FARA there are no exemption for those already registered as lobbyist.
The Australian government intention claim its prophylactic, or in my opinion to scare people so they won't associate with said organizations. The Australian legislation has no provision to tackle the dissemination of false information on social media, but its most likely because the Australian government believes it has no clout with those companies.

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2019.08.29 07:50 nilnz GovHack 2019 on 6 - 8 September. Open Data Hackathon

GovHack is a hackathon happening across Australia and New Zealand.
New Zealand locations: Northland (Whangarei), Auckland, Hamilton, Napier (Taradale), Whanganui, and Wellington.
Registrations are open for each event. It is free. Capacity is limited in each location. If you sign up you are committing for the weekend which means a few hours on Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday. You don't have to be in a team when you sign up. One of the activities on Friday evening is to allocate participants into teams.
About Gov Hack. Competition Handbook, Rules and Code of Conduct.
GovHack NZ on facebook and twitter.
If you scroll through tweets and retweets by @GovHackNZ you will find some examples of what was done previous years (2015 - 2017). There were none last year.
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2019.07.21 10:42 lolpolice88 It happened here — a snapshot of hate crime in New Zealand - E-Tangata

https://e-tangata.co.nz/comment-and-analysis/it-happened-here-a-snapshot-of-hate-crime-in-new-zealand/
" Last month, the Human Rights Commission published It Happened Here, a digest of race and religious hate crimes in New Zealand. It draws from news reports of hate crimes in the nine years between 2004 to 2012.
As Paul Hunt, the Chief Commissioner, writes: “The Christchurch shootings have re-ignited public debate about hate crime and hate speech, but there is little information available about the extent of racially and religiously motivated crime in New Zealand.”
He adds that “the absence of systematically collected data and information on racially and religiously motivated crime in New Zealand makes it very difficult to have an informed discussion about their prevalence and design effective measures to counter them.”
The summaries below are taken from the annual reports of Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres (2002-2013). Publication of these annual media reports stopped in 2013, because of funding pressures. During Susan Devoy’s term as Race Relations Commissioner, from 2013- 2018, she argued that the police should collect the data on hate crime.
That hasn’t happened — despite calls from the Human Rights Commission since 2004, recommendations from the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 2007 and 2017, and from the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2009.
It’s important to note that the incidents outlined in this report, which we’ve extracted here in full, are just a snapshot. It’s reasonable to assume, as Paul Hunt points out, that these are just the tip of the iceberg.
. . .
2004
Desecration of Jewish cemeteries
Following the desecration of two Jewish cemeteries in Wellington in July and August, Parliament took the unprecedented action of unanimously passing a resolution deploring these acts. Recalling the terrible history of anti-Semitism culminating in the Holocaust, Parliament expressed unequivocal condemnation of anti-Semitism and all forms of racial and ethnic hatred, persecution and discrimination.
A statement signed by Māori, Pākehā, Pacific, Asian and other ethnic community leaders, religious leaders, mayors and councillors, business and trade union leaders, and community groups was tabled in the House supporting the resolution.
The Speaker also invited community representatives to a forum at Parliament on the way forward for racial harmony. The forum of 250 people heard the ideas that had been put forward by participants beforehand, raised further suggestions, and unanimously adopted the outline of the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme.
Reported incidents
Anecdotal evidence and newspaper reports continue to indicate that some ethnic groups suffer harassment and abuse in the streets and elsewhere, ranging from derogatory remarks to verbal and physical abuse. Among reported incidents in 2004 were:
The emergence of a small National Front group in Christchurch and Wellington led to pro-harmony demonstrations by ethnic groups and other concerned citizens in Christchurch in May and Wellington in September. Police made an arrest in the case of the hate mail to Muslim families and the attack on Somali youth, but many other incidents were either not formally reported to the Police or investigations have been unsuccessful. The Police do not keep separate statistics relating to ethnicity for reported racial offences, treating them as complaints alongside others relating to offences under the Summary Offences and Crimes Acts.
2005
In the absence of Police recording of complaints and prosecutions relating to racially motivated crime it is difficult to assess the extent of the problem. Newspaper reports seem to indicate that there were significantly more prosecutions than usual in 2005.
Cases of racial and religious harassment and abuse successfully prosecuted by the Police included the following:
2006
There were a range of media reports of racial harassment:
2007
There were a number of media reports of racially motivated crime, harassment and discrimination, including:
2008
Race hate murder
A 2008 Police inquiry indicated that a 25-year-old Korean economics student Jae Hyeon Kim was murdered because of his race in 2003. Jae Hyeon Kim was on a 12-month backpacking holiday in New Zealand when he disappeared en route from Westport to Greymouth in September-October 2003. A missing person inquiry in 2004 failed to find anything, but when the Police re-opened the inquiry in May 2008 they received two anonymous letters.
This led to the arrest in June 2008 of a 28-year-old Nelson fisherman and two other men, whose details were suppressed. A number of skinhead supporters attended when the defendants first appeared in court
At a depositions hearing in the Greymouth District Court in October 2008, one of the men pleaded guilty to the murder. The other two were committed to a trial scheduled for June 2009 in Greymouth. During the depositions hearing the Police located Jae Hyeon Kim’s body near Charleston, south of Westport.
The man, who pleaded guilty to the murder charge, was sentenced to 21 years without parole in December 2008. An appeal against the sentence was lodged.
Jae Hyeon’s mother and brother travelled to New Zealand to visit the site of the murder and attend the sentencing. They also attended a funeral at Nelson’s Marsden House, where they were joined by members of the Nelson Multi-Ethnic Council, a representative of the Race Relations Commissioner and other concerned citizens.
Reverend Taeil Choi of the Nelson Full Gospel Korean Church paid tribute to a bright student whose life was too short. He said Jae Hyeon Kim had been drawn to New Zealand because he, like many other young Koreans, believed it was a peaceful country, free of violence and aggression. He said those responsible for Mr Kim’s death had carried the disease of racial hatred: “For the sake of Jae Hyeon Kim, we should all commit ourselves to making this city of Nelson, and our country as a whole, a place where people are welcomed, and a place where all cultures and all people are tolerated equally.”
Media reports of race-related incidents
There were a number of media reports of racially motivated crime, harassment, assault and discrimination, including the following:
2009
Compared to previous years, there were fewer media reports of incidents of racially motivated crime, harassment and assault. Reports this year included:
While a reduction in incidents reported in the media is welcome, the actual number of complaints, prosecutions and convictions are still not recorded by the Police. In the course of the United Nations Human Rights Council review of New Zealand’s human rights performance in May, the issue of recording Police complaints was raised again. The government accepted the recommendation that this data be collected, but said it was not a priority.
Courts take dim view of attack on Manurewa Gurdwara
In a case not widely reported by the media, two 20-year-old men were sentenced in the Manukau District Court in February to two years and nine months imprisonment. They were accused of throwing pipe bombs at the Narskar Thath Isher Dabar Sikh Temple in Manurewa, engaging in threatening acts and painting obscenities on the temple walls. In addition to sexual obscenities, they painted a swastika, the letters KKK and the words “fukin rag heads” on the walls. The offences took place from April to August 2008. Judge Blackie imposed a deterrent sentence, to make clear to all New Zealanders this type of conduct would not be tolerated.
He described their actions as, “racist, abusive and demeaning” and expressed abhorrence on behalf of the community at what had occurred. The men appealed the length of their sentence to the High Court. Judge Heath dismissed the appeal, citing other cases in which racial hostility had been considered an aggravating factor in sentencing. He said, “The attack on the temple involved violent conduct … It was a persistent attack, through physical and psychological means, on those who used the temple. Targeting the temple on four separate occasions over a period of more than three months makes it implausible to suggest that [the men] were not motivated by racial, religious, colour or ethnic hostility.”
2010
The media continue to report sporadic incidents of racially motivated violence, ranging from verbal abuse to severe physical assault. There is no way to establish the actual extent of racially motivated crime. This is because the government has not yet honoured its commitment to the United Nations Human Rights Council to introduce a system of data collection to capture this information. Media reports reflect that most incidents are directed at Asians and occur in the South Island. Some noteworthy media reports are mentioned or discussed below:
2011
There were sporadic media reports of racially motivated crime, although less than in previous years. They were:
Chinese student hospitalised after attack
In August, a Chinese man was the victim of racist comments and an attack at an Invercargill service station. Comments were directed at the man and his passengers by an 18-year-old passenger in another car at the service station.
The pair exchanged words then the offender punched the man in the face. The force broke the man’s glasses and a shard of glass went into his eyelid, causing a laceration. He was taken to hospital and underwent surgery.
The man was an international student and as a result of the attack could not study and failed one of his classes. He has since returned to China.
The offender was sentenced to six months home detention, 200 hours community work and ordered to pay $1000 reparation.
2012
Flurry of racial vandalism in Auckland
There were three separate incidents of racial vandalism in the course of a week in Auckland in October.
Twenty gravestones in the historic Jewish quarter of a cemetery in central Auckland were vandalised and spray painted with Nazi insignia and slogans. Police arrested three youths and charged them with wilful damage. Charges against one were subsequently withdrawn for lack of evidence. Of the other two, one aged 19, pleaded guilty in November to a charge of intentional damage, and was due to be sentenced in February 2013; the other, aged 20, pleaded not guilty and was due to reappear in court in January 2013.
In what was assumed to be a copy-cat incident, an unoccupied house in Grey Lynn, Auckland was broken into and defaced with similar slogans a few days later. Also that same week, a bullet was fired through the front window of the office of an immigration consultant and former Immigration Minister, causing the window to shatter. National Front style slogans were painted on the footpath outside.
There was speculation that the cemetery attack was to give publicity to the annual Flag Day march to Parliament on Labour Day by fringe national socialist and white supremacy groups, the National Front and the Right Wing Resistance, but spokespeople for these groups, Colin Ansell and Kyle Chapman, denied any connection with the incident. Less than 40 people attended the national flag march, and Ansell told 3 News that his group’s biggest problem was maintaining its transient membership and getting them to pay the $15 a year membership fee.
Jail and home detention for racial attack in Dunedin
Three unemployed young people in Dunedin were sentenced to prison or home detention for abusing and assaulting a Korean family in Dunedin at Easter, and for then assaulting a student who tried to intervene. The family, who were visiting from Auckland, were walking along Dunedin’s main street when the drunken trio began shouting racist remarks at them, threw a bottle and punched one of the group in the face.
One woman, aged 22, was sentenced to six months in prison for the assault, another woman, aged18, was sentenced to three months in prison, and a man, aged 18, to two months home detention. All three were also convicted of other unrelated offences. In sentencing one of the offenders, Judge Stephen Coyle said it was entirely unacceptable and abhorrent that anyone should be taunted simply because of their race “or looking different from you”.
Owners jailed for dog attacks on Asians in Christchurch
A man and a woman were sentenced to eight months in prison for setting their dog onto Asian people in Christchurch. A woman (18) and her former boyfriend (24) admitted to the court that they had associated with an extreme right wing group and that the attacks were racially motivated.
The woman had yelled abuse at a Vietnamese man, told her dog to kill him, punched him and tried to hit him with a beer bottle. When he took shelter in a shop she stomped on the bags of groceries he had dropped, threw items at the shop door, and yelled for him to go back to his own country.
A few months later, the pair met a man from the Philippines, and set their dogs on him in Lincoln Road, Addington. The woman let her dog off the leash to let it chase him. The dogs jumped up and tried to bite his shoulders, damaging his jacket, while he took shelter inside a property and then inside a flat.
A Japanese woman was then confronted nearby. The dogs were encouraged to attack her while she huddled in a corner until help arrived. The woman was taken to hospital for treatment for a bite wound and scratches.
In sentencing the pair, Judge Doherty said, “The main purpose of the sentencing is deterrence.” He noted the special provisions of the Sentencing Act for racially motivated crimes.
The judge also ordered the dog to be put down, saying, “It’s not the dog’s fault, but it seems to me it has been socialised into activities that could lead to greater risks in the future”.
It Happened Here: Reports of race and religious hate crime in New Zealand 2004-2012 was published by the Human Rights Commission in June 2019."
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2019.06.27 20:35 cjam84 Weather data...Garmin hasn't been totally honest

Ever had the "Waiting for data" message on your fenix or other garmin device with a weather widget?
It's quite possible you have, and you may have had some success following the various "fixes" on the internet. Then again you might be in my situation, where nothing works.
That didn't stop me from trying EVERYTHING though, and I'm now confident I know the issue for me, and probably many other people.
Simply put, Garmin has lied (by omission) on its website and product packaging and marketing material when it details the weather capabilities. It turns out that weather data does not exist globally, and is location specific. My example is where I live, Rotorua, in New Zealand.
Rotorua is the 10th most populous town/city in NZ. Despite this, I've never got the weather widget to work here. Neither has a colleague who also has a fenix. Rotorua may only have a population of about 60 000, but we have superfast fibre and and rock steady 4G network, we're not really that rural or isolated!
However, go overseas (hawaii in my case) or to one of the more populated cities here in NZ (Auckland, Christchurch or Hamilton in my case) and it works. Don't have to reset anything, just go to the weather widget and the data is there.
Don't get me wrong, It seems pretty obvious that the weather wouldn't be global coverage, my gripe is that when confronting garmin about this, they refuse to acknowledge this and just tell you to reset your connections. I've wasted a lot of time trying to get it to work because of this and I'm sure others in the same boat have too!
Also, another ridiculous factor is that personally I'd find weather data more useful in more remote and rural areas, but it seems to me that it only exists for more populated areas where the weather is far less important.
Sorry for the rant but I'm surprised no one else has mentioned the weather widget working in only certain areas before. All fixes I've found so far have been to do with phone pairings etc.
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2019.01.17 23:03 acquiesce All 29 of PTFC's SuperDrafts: Where are they now?

Since 2011, PTFC has drafted 29 players in the yearly SuperDraft. Looking at the names, you’ll recognize a few, but for the most part, they’re names you heard once or twice on draft day and then never again.
Below is what each player ended up doing for PTFC and where they went after. I hoped to have this done before the draft, but once I started the research, I realized it was going to take a bit longer. I didn’t include players PTFC traded their draft picks for since Portland knew what they were getting when they signed those players.
Also, formatting on here is pretty shitty, so it's basically a wall of text. If you see any changes or edits that need to be made, let me know!

2011

#2 - Darlington Nagbe (F)

PTFC: Darling Darlington. As the reigning NCAA player of the year, it was expected that Nagbe would go to Vancouver with their #1 pick, but Nagbe made it clear that he didn’t want to play in Canada and Vancouver opted for Omar Salgado. Nagbe would go on to play for PTFC for 7 years and was a fan favorite (and a favorite for some to hate on). His 0.18 G/90 wasn’t ideal, but he provided the glue that Portland needed while he was here and always left fans wanting a little more. Prior to the 2018 season, Nagbe was sent to Atlanta United (along with Arokoyo) in exchange for $750,000 in GAM, at least $300,000 in TAM, and a 2018 international roster spot.
After PTFC: Nagbe’s 0.00 G/90 in 1,970 minutes in 2018 was a career low, but he did help ATLUTD win a championship. PTFC fans still get to cheer on Nagbe when he plays for the USMNT, so we got that going for us, which is nice.

#22 - Chris Taylor (D)

PTFC: Taylor led the Timbers Reserves in minutes played in 2011 with 855 minutes and started in 9 out of their 10 matches but wasn’t able to get any MLS minutes. He did get minutes in PTFC exhibitions against West Brom and Club America, as well a friendly v. AFC AJax. After starting 6 matches for the reserves, he hurt is hip in June and AJB took his spot once AJB returned from his loan to the Blues. He wasn’t re-signed for the 2013 season.
After PTFC: In September of 2013, he did an AMA for /NASL. His username flair implies that he was currently acting OKC NASL consultant (whatever that means). He made sure to point out that he didn’t want to quit playing, but was excited to be working with an NASL team. Taylor has been an assistant coach at Oral Roberts University men's soccer Tulsa, OK since 2015. He still represents PTFC with the King of Clubs tifo as his Twitter banner. Once, always.

2012

#8 - Andrew Jean-Baptiste (D)

PTFC: AJB was selected #8 in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by Portland and made four starts in the five matches he played in during his rookie season. He was ranked #16 in MLS's "24 Under 24” prospect list and there were high hopes. He was loaned to LA Blues for part of the season and eventually came back and took over Chris Taylor’s spot once he returned. He started 22 and played in 26 matches for PTFC in 2013 and scored one goal (game winning header v. LAG in stoppage time). He was traded to Chivas USA in December of 2013 in exchange for Villafana following 2013 season (which was a win for PTFC).
After PTFC: In 2014, he only played 10 matches for Chivas and missed two months with a sports hernia. In 2015, AJB got some minutes with NYRB II (loaned from NYRB). He signed with Estrella San Agustin in Seville, Spain, but didn't play all season. In 2016, he was transferred to Nykopings BIS in Sweden where he played in 32 matches and scored 3 goals. He currently plays for Terengganu Football Club II in the Malaysia Premier League (the second division of the Malaysia League). He also has 4 caps for the Haiti national team and has scored 2 goals. There is a nice write-up on him from Once a Metro that was written in 2017: Looking back and looking forward with Andrew Jean-Baptiste.

#27 - Brendan King (M)

PTFC: Ended up not signing with Portland.
After PTFC: In July of 2012, King signed with Irish club Bray Wanderers where he played in one match. After two months in Ireland, he went to the Norwegian Division One side Alta IF (I think I read he studied abroad there or visited) where he appeared in seven matches and then signed with Chicago Fire in early January of 2013. Unfortunately he didn’t get any minutes and was released in early 2014. He took a year off and then in late 2014, he signed with USL’s Austin Aztex for the 2015 season. The Aztex were on hiatus in 2016 and dissolved in 2017 and it appears that King’s soccer career still did the same...but his Twitter account still says ‘professional soccer player’, so who knows. Apparently he’s also a professional nomad, so maybe that’s his new profession?

2013

#34 - Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (D)

PTFC: DTG started six matches for the Timbers Reserves, but missed the entire second half with concussion symptoms after taking a ball to the dome from close range during practice. The concussion would eventually force him to retire from soccer at the end of the 2013 season.
After PTFC: In 2014, he was planning on a year-long stay at the Hult International Business School while he worked toward his master’s degree. He reported that he still can’t be in front of a computer screen and also experiences some disorientation when in large crowds. Looks like he might be working at Gold Mercury International as a Strategy Consultant, but I have no idea how reliable ContactOut is. Can’t find much else on him.

2014

#17 - Schillo Tshuma (F)

PTFC: Tshuma was technically a Timber in 2014 and 2015, but was loaned to Orange County Blues (2 appearances), Arizona United (17 appearances), and then for the first half of 2015, he played for T2 making 10 appearances. Unfortunately, he didn’t score any goals during those two season for any team. He did get some first team minutes during USOC play He was waived by Portland in July of 2015 and immediately picked up by Arizona United.
After PTFC: For the rest of 2015, Schillo played in 6 matches and scored one goal for Arizona United. In 2016, Schillo signed with Saint Louis FC and made 19 appearances and scored 4 goals, but only played one season with them. I couldn’t really find anything else, but there was a Tweet from him in July 2018 saying “Game day in Dallas! Time to kick ball hard 🙏🏾”. Not sure if that’s rec league or what, but it doesn’t look like it’s a high level match.

#26 - Taylor Peay (D)

PTFC: Peay was with Portland from 2014-2016, making 9 regular season appearances, but only logging 429 minutes. For most of the 2014 season, he was loaned to Orange County Blues and for large parts of the 2015 and 2016 season, he was with T2, making 9 and 14 appearances. He wasn’t all bad with the first team, but after the 2017 seasons, Portland and Peay couldn’t come to an agreement on a contract and he left Portland for Real Monarchs. ("We couldn't work out an agreement," Timbers coach Caleb Porter said. "We made an offer, a bona fide offer, and he didn't accept it and we've never come to an agreement. So, he's not here.")
After PTFC: Peay signed with Real Monarchs for one season and made 20 appearances, but his contract wasn’t renewed for 2018. He signed with RSL for the 2018 season (they gave Portland a 3rd round SuperDraft pick in exchange for his rights) and was then loaned back to Real Monarchs. Most recently, Peay signed with Louisville City FC for the 2018 season. Peay does still have the 2015 championship victory slide as his header on Twitter though!

#36 - Aaron Long (M)

PTFC: Following the draft, Long was immediately loaned to Sacramento Republic where he played in just a couple of matches and then to Orange County Blues before being released by Portland in July of 2014.
After PTFC: In 2014, Long signed with seattle, but made no appearances and then signed with seattle 2 where he played in almost every match. However, seattle didn't see enough didn't re-sign him. He then trialed for RBNY in 2016 and ended up signing with their USL team and ended up being named USL Defensive POY. He was loaned up to RBNY towards the end of the season and ended up signing with them for 2017. In 2017, he helped New York win the Supporters Shield. He started in 31 matches, scored 3 goals, and helped New York give up only 33 goals all season. Additionally, he was named MLS Defensive POY. Definitely a late bloomer that both PTFC and seattle missed out on.

#39 - George Fochive (M)

PTFC: Fochive was loaned to Sacramento Republic soon after he was drafted and made 7 appearances for them. In 2015, he started 4 of the first 6 PTFC matches, but was then loaned down to T2 during the middle of the season where he made 7 appearances and scored 4 goals. He came back to PTFC later in the season and saw playing time in 6 of the last 8 matches of the season. He subbed on late in the SKC playoff match at home and converted his PK. In February of 2016, he was transferred to Danish Superliga team Vibrog FF for around $115,000 and PTFC did not retain MLS rights.
After PTFC: In his 3 season with Viborg, he played in 73 matches (22 in the Super League) and scored 3 goals and had 3 assists. In December of 2018, his contract expired and he was released by the club due to both sides being able to agree on a salary. A few days ago he signed with Israeli club Hapoel Hadera for close to $300,000. Fochive has nothing but love for Portland and and was more than willing to answer questions in an AMA-ish for /timbers.

#71 - Victor Chavez (F)

PTFC: Could find nothing on him except college and SuperDraft articles. Transfermarkt says he was ‘released’ by PTFC on February 13, 2014.
After PTFC: Anyone got any info?

#73 - Nikita Kotlov (M)

PTFC: Kotlov was released a month after being drafted, just prior to the Rose City Invitational.
After PTFC: Not sure what he did during his year off in 2014, but he signed with USL side Saint Louis FC in March of 2015 and played in 3 matches including their first win in USL history. Currently, he is an assistant coach for Wabash College men's soccer team and according to his Linkedin page he is also a Mission Builder (religious recruiter) as well as a real estate agent. On top of that, according to his Instagram, it looks like he recently became a substitute teacher in Indianapolis.

2015

#5 - Nick Besler (M)

PTFC: Besler spent 2 seasons with Portland, but never made an appearance with the first team and was loaned to T2 for a majority of the time. He played in about 50 matches, scoring 1 goal. He was not re-signed for the 2017 season and it’s fair to say his signing was a disappointment.
After PTFC: In January of 2017, Besler signed with USL's Real Monarchs and played in a majority of their matches, eventually becoming club captain. He signed with Real Salt Lake in August of 2017 and in 2018, he played in 22 matches, starting in 15 of them, but was loaned back down to Real Monarchs for part of the season. He also played in his first playoff match, going all 90 minutes in RSL's 2-4 loss to SKC in November of 2018. His Twitter bio has “Portland Timbers 2015 MLS Cup Champion” in it, so he still remembers!

#24 - Andy Thoma (D)

PTFC: Thoma spent two years with T2, on loan from PTFC. He played in 42 matches for them and was released by PTFC after the 2016 season.
After PTFC: In march of 2017, Thoma signed with Vancouver Whitecaps 2 and played one season for them. He has been without a club since. Not sure how old this is, but at one point he was offering 1-on-1 coaching lessons in Seattle.

#32 - Christian Volesky (F)

PTFC: Volesky was not signed to a contract with PTFC. However, in January of 2017 PTFC traded his MLS rights to SKC in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2017 SuperDraft.
After PTFC: Volesky signed with Rochester Rhinos and helped them win the USL championship in 2015. He led the team in goals in both 2015 (8) and 2016 (10). He caught the eye of SKC and they traded PTFC for his MLS rights in January of 2017. After making four appearances during preseason, he was waived by SKC and went on to join Saint Louis FC where he made 37 appearances and scored 9 goals. However, things weren’t great there and was quoted saying “I was unhappy in St. Louis. I just felt like I wasn't being given opportunities I deserved.” In May of 2018, he was traded to another USL team, OKC FC, in exchange for an international roster spot and ended up scoring 9 goals in 20 games. He’s not currently listed on the OKC FC 2019 roster, but Transfermarkt has him recently signing with Unknown’ with a free transfer so he’s either teamless or in the process of signing with a team. Unfortunately, his Twitter account has been inactive for 18 months, so no info there.

#34 - Kharlton Belmar (F)

PTFC: After the draft, Belmar was cut during preseason, but was immediately signed by T2 (one of their first signings) where he would have a stellar 2015 season. He appeeared in every match and scored 12 goals, plus he won USL Rookie of the year. During the 2015 season, he was also loaned to NY Cosmos on a short term loan and made one appearance in 2 months. His goal production dropped quite a bit as he scored 3 goals in 25 appearances in 2016 and he wasn’t re-signed.
After PTFC: Belmar was signed by Swope Park Rangers at the end of 2016. In 2017, he led Swope Rangers with 15 goals and ended signing with SKC in September, making one appearance (6 minutes played). 2018 saw him make 4 appearances for the first team and he scored his first MLS goal, but he spent most of his time on loan down with Swope Rangers. After the 2018 seasons, his contract option was declined by SKC. In December he signed with Nashville SC, which could be good for his career since Nashville will be joining MLS in 2020.

#52 - Anthony Manning (D)

PTFC: Manning didn’t sign with PTFC following the draft, but in March he signed with T2. He started in 15 matches for them during the 2015 season. It’s not really clear if he actually signed with PTFC when looking at his Transfermarkt page but the MLS site shows that he signed with with the first team and was then loaned back to T2. He was injured after 2 matches into their 2016 season and didn’t play again. At the end of 2016, he was not re-signed, which cleared a roster spot for Arokoyo. After PTFC: Fortunately for Manning, he was picked up by NASL’s Indy Eleven at the beginning of the 2017 season, but was only able to appear in 5 matches. With the NASL no more, since December of 2017 he has been without a club.

#84 - Seth Casiple (M)

PTFC: Last player taken in the draft, Casiple was not signed by PTFC, but ended up signing with T2 where he played 32 matches in two season and scored one goal. Not bad for lat pick of the draft! He didn’t re-sign with T2 after the 2016 season.
After PTFC: In early 2016, he was signed by Reno 1868 and made 28 appearances and had a pass success rate of 83%. So far, in the two years since joining the team, he’s scored 7 goals and has had 6 assists. He’s also sporting a nice beard. During the 2017 seasons he also coached a Great Basin Youth Soccer League girls’ team. Just recently, he re-signed with 1868 for a third season. He also wants to tell you (well, mainly 1868 fans) “Happy New Year!

2016

#20 - Ben Polk (F)

PTFC: Polk was signed by PTFC following the draft and loaned down to T2 for the entire season. He made 25 appearances and scored 1 goal, but was released at the end of the 2016 season.
After PTFC: Orlando City B picked up Polk for the 2017 season and he played in 8 matches (3 starts) for them and didn’t score a goal. He was released in December, however he did still make some news for himself, but it was off the field. In December of the samee year, Polk “pummeled” a taxi driver in the face and jaw after becoming angry about the price of an Uber fare. He was released on a $15,000 bail, but I’m not sure what happened after that. His Linkedin page says he’s currently a volunteer assistant coach at Syracuse University for the men’s soccer team, enrolled in 18 credit-hours, and currently looking for “new opportunities in finance, money management and investment.”

#40 - Neco Brett (F)

PTFC: Brett signed with PTFC after he was drafted and was then loaned down to T2, where he played in a majority if their matches his first season, scoring 8 goals. He then signed directly with T2 for the 2017 season, but his minutes and production dropped drastically (8 matches and 0 goals). Following the season, he was not re-signed.and picked up by USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
After PTFC: Since joining the Riverhounds, Brett has exceeded their expectations and was “a spark of energy for the Hounds” during the season. He played in all 34 matches in 2018 and scored a team high 15 goals (next closest was 5) and he re-signed at the end of the 2018 season. Seems like T2 missed out on a decent player here.

#61 - Wade Hamilton (GK)

PTFC: Hamilton was signed by PTFC following the draft and then loaned down to T2 for the season where he played in 11 matches. Just like Brett, he signed directly with T2 for 2017 and played in another 11 matches. He was not re-signed for 2018.
After PTFC: A couple months later, Hamilton signed with LAG II. During the 2018 seasons, he played in 7 matches for them and it looks like he’ll be with LAG II in 2019.

#81 - Trevor Morley (D)

PTFC: Morley didn’t make the first team, but was signed to T2 a couple months after the draft. He made 17 appearances, but was not re-signed at the end of the season.
After PTFC: His Linkdin page says he “had operation on right MCL (knee) shortly after his rookie season’, so maybe that forced the early retirement from soccer. It appears that he’s now working for Killer Tracks as their Marketing & Social Media Coordinator and Manios Digital & Film in Southern California and also does freelance digital marketing, web design, social media management, and data analytics.

2017

#4 - Jeremy Ebobisse (F)

PTFC: Ebo actually signed a contract with MLS in August of 2016, but had to wait until he was drafted to sign with a team, which of course was PTFC (thanks, Houston!). For the last two seasons, he has bounced back and forth between T2 and PTFC, but eventually found a home on the first team in the second half of 2018, either starting or subbing in during the final 8 matches. In 2017, he made 2 starts and subbed on 12 times for PTFC, scoring one goal. He also put in 108 minutes in the playoffs. In 2018, he actually played in less matches for the first team, but his minutes went up from 317 to 449 and he started in 5 of those matches. However, he did start in all 6 playoff matches in 2018 and had 1 goal and 1 assist (including a couple muck ups in the cup final, but his teammates support him!. For T2, he had 5 starts and 1 goal in 2017 and 12 starts and 4 goals in 2018. More recently, he was called up to the USMNT January camp and is looking for his first cap. In addition to soccer, he uses his name and fame to promote social justice causes that are important and close to him. It will be interesting to see if/who Portland brings in as a forward to compete with him for the starting job.
After PTFC: Whoa...we kept someone!

#32 - Michael Amick (D)

PTFC: Amick signed with T2 following the draft and started in 11 matches, subbing on in 4. He was not re-signed for the 2017 season.
After PTFC: According to his [Linkdin page](https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-amick-97816a59, after T2, he returned to UCLA to complete his biochemistry degree and is focused on pursuing a career in the biomedical field.

#76 - Russell Cicerone (M)

PTFC: Cicerone made an appearance in every T2 match in 2017, starting in 27 of the 29. However, he only scored 1 goal and was released by PTFC at the end of the season.
After PTFC: He was picked up by FC Cincinnati in November of 2017 and their head coach acknowledged Cicerone’s rough first pro season by saying, “Russell is an incredibly talented young player. He has the ability to score goals as he showed in college. He had a tough introduction to professional soccer this season but I believe that this experience has set him up for future success.” Unfortunately, Cicerone only made 10 appearances with FCC and again scored 1 goal. After not being re-signed by FCC, he was signed by Saint Louis FC in December of 2018. Their head coach, just like the FCC coach, noted his “high ceiling” and that he liked how he puts himself in positions where he can score. We’ll see how he does this year.

#80 - Romilio Hernandez (M)

PTFC: Hernandez wasn't signed by PTFC following the draft.
After PTFC: Once he wasn’t signed, Phoenix Rising signed him for the 2017 season. He only made 2 appearances for a total of 11 minutes and he wasn’t re-signed. He was teamless for the start of 2018, but might have been training with Rio Grande Valley for a bit. In August, he was signed by USL’s Rio Grande Valley FC Toros which serves as a hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo. He made 3 appearances and “not many impressions” according to SB Nation’s Dynamo Theory article, so he may or may not be back this year.

2018

#61 - Caleb Duvernay (D)

PTFC: Duvernay was not signed by PTFC following the draft.
After PTFC: All I can find about him is that he currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. He does have a Pinterest account with a “Projects to Try” board, so maybe he’s getting in to metal work?

#63 - Timmy MuelleTimothy Müller (F)

PTFC: Mueller was not signed by PTFC after the draft.
After PTFC: As of April 2018, the Salem Statesman Journal had reported that Mueller was not signed to a team. However, I stumbled across a thread at BigSoccer and it appears that he had signed with SR Delemont, a 4th division Swiss League (1st League Classic) team. This link (in Swiss) says that he’d signed with SR Delemont in February of 2018. He was able to obtain a Swiss passport (was he Swiss??), which could have been appealing to SR Delemont since they have an international player cap. He ended the season with 8 goals(!!!!!!!!) in 11 matches and, according to some Big Soccer users, it appeared that he hadn’t re-signed with the team. But his story isn’t over! Transfermarkt shows that he moved to SR Delemont II (no idea what that team is, but I asked the Swiss subreddit) on in July of 2018, but I haven’t found any information related to him online after that supposed signing. He’s definitely not listed on the SR Delemont team, so it will be interesting to see if we see his name pop up again.

#64 - Stuart Holthusen (F)

PTFC: Holthusen apparently reported to preseason camp with PTFC, but after it looks like he didn’t sign with the team.
After PTFC: There was an [article written on a New Zealand site] that mentioned him in May of 2018, saying he “wasn't signed by Portland who drafted him, and would be worth touching base with” in an article about NZ’s A-League team Wellington Phoenix. Doesn’t look they touched based with him.

#87 - Mamadou Guirassy (F)

PTFC: Guirassy was not signed to a contract.
After PTFC: Apparently, Guirassy signed with Cosmopolitan Soccer League’s (CSL) Landsdowe Bhoys (the team was actually formed by Irish Immigrants in 1997 and wears the same colours as Celtic FC) after not signing with PTFC. At one point, he did score a hat trick (first ever in the league and in his career!) The club/league is interesting because CSL is a regional soccer league with clubs based in and around New York City and was established in 1923 and it’s kind of crazy they’d pick up an MLS draft pick so soon after the draft. Anyways, in July, Guirassy left the Bhoys and signed with USL Dunkirk (not a USL team, but a French team in Dunkirk), which plays in the 3rd division in France. A few weeks ago he actually asked for the club to release him due to lack of playing time (in French) and they did. No news where he’s heading now!

2019

#23 - Ryan Sierakowski (F) from MSU

#47 - Lennart Hein (D) from St. Louis University

#71 - Francesco Moore (D) from Indiana

#95 - David Zalzman (M) from Memphis

Where will these guys end up? Who knows! But, judging from previous PTFC picks, they’ll be either starting on a USL team or updating their Linkdin profile in the next couple years.
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2018.12.22 04:10 StrongmanEvan What if Formula 1 was an Olympic event - A Hypothetical Analysis

Have you ever wondered why auto racing isn’t recognized by the IOC? I have, so I pulled some data (I went on Wikipedia) to find out who would bring home the gold, silver, and bronze if each Olympics that could have hosted an F1 race ended up doing so.
I’ve omitted Olympics in countries where F1 races have not been held. either because of a lack of venue, the venue is too far away from the actual host city, or because no F1 race was held in the host country that year. Additionally, I’ve switched the dates of the races to match the dates the Olympics were held, and venues too when applicable.
A TL;DR will be at the end
The first modern summer Olympics were held in 1896 in Athens. Formula 1’s inaugural season was in 1950. Thus, the first conceivable Olympics which could have featured an F1 race was 1952 in Helsinki, Finland, however, no F1 race has ever been held in Finland, so we must move to the 1956 games in Melbourne.

Games of the XVI Olympiad - Melbourne, Australia.
During the 1956 season, no F1 race was held in Australia, however, there was a Formula Libre event at Albert Park. For the sake of this off-season time waster, and to make it more fun, I will use the results from that race.
1956 Australian Grand Prix - 25 November 1956 - Albert Park, Melbourne, AUS
Medal Stand
Gold - Sterling Moss - GBR
Silver - Jean Behra - FRA
Bronze - Peter Whitehead - GBR
The next Olympics were held in Rome. For these games, two circuits, Monza and Imola, were suitable tracks. Both are a trek from Rome, but the 1960 Italian Grand Prix was held at Monza, so we will say that race could have been the Olympic Event

Games of the XVII Olympiad - Rome, Italy
1960 Italian Grand Prix - 28 August 1960 - Monza, Italy
Medal Stand
Gold - Phil Hill - USA
Silver - Richie Ginther - USA
Bronze - Willy Mairesse - BEL
The 1964 games were held in Tokyo. While Suzuka was a viable option for a race, the first Japanese Grand Prix was held there in 1976, and no Pacific Grand Prix was held in 1964 either. Thus, this would have been an Olympics without a Formula 1 race. In 1968 the games shifted to Mexico City, where an F1 event was held that November at the current home of F1 in Mexico, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

Games of the XIX Olympiad - Mexico City, MX
1968 Mexican Grand Prix - Mexico City - 20 October 1968
Medal Stand
Gold - Graham Hill - GBR
Silver - Bruce McLaren - NZ
Bronze - Jackie Oliver - GBR
The 1972 games were held in Munich, about 4.5 hours outside of that year’s German GP venue, the Nurburgring. Here are the results.

Games of the XX Olympiad - Munich, GER
1972 German Grand Prix - Nurburgring - 3 September 1972
Medal Stand
Gold - Jacky Ickx - BEL
Silver - Clay Regazzoni - SWZ
Bronze - Ronnie Peterson - SWE
The 1976 games were held in Montreal. At this time, the Canadian Grand Prix was held in Ontario, which is more than a stone’s throw away from Montreal. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve did not host its first race until 1978. So, while there was a Canadian Grand Prix that year, it would not have counted towards the Olympics. In 1980 the games were held in Moscow. The Russian Grand Prix has only been held 7 times; 1913 & 14, and from 2014 onwards. Without a viable venue, this would be F1 second Olympics in a row without an event. The 1984 games were held in Los Angeles. That year, two races were held in the US; one in Dallas, and one in Detroit. While neither of these are close to LA, there was a race held the previous year in Long Beach. To complete this hypothetical piece, I’m going to say F1 would have pulled the race from Dallas and put it in Long Beach to be a part of the Olympics.

Games of the XXIII Olympiad - Los Angeles, CA, USA
1984 United States Grand Prix West - 5 August 1984 - Long Beach, CA, USA
Medal Stand
Gold - Nigel Mansell - GBR
Silver - Elio de Angelis - ITA
Bronze - Derek Warwick - GBR
In 1988, South Korea hosted the games. F1 has only raced 4 times in South Korea, from 2010 to 2013, so no race would have been a part of these games. In 1992, Barcelona played host. Barcelona hosted its first F1 race the previous year, and would have made a great Olympic venue.

Games of the XXV Olympiad - Barcelona, Spain
1992 Spanish Grand Prix - 2 August 1992 - Barcelona, Spain
Medal Stand
Gold - Nigel Mansell - GBR
Silver - Michael Schumacher - GER
Bronze - Jean Alesi - FRA
Atlanta, GA was next to host the games in 1996. The state of Georgia has never held a true F1 race, and there are no tracks near Atlanta that have a grade 1 license to host F1 events. There would have been no race at these games. In 2000, the games returned to Australia; this time in Sydney. The Australian GP moved to Melbourne in 1996. With no Grade 1 circuits in Sydney, for the second time, F1 would go two Olympics without participating, in fact, F1 would not return to the Olympics until 2012 in London, a 20 year gap. The 2004 host nation, Greece, has never hosted an F1 race, while the home of F1 in China, Shanghai, is quite a long way from Beijing, the host of the 2008 Olympics. Finally, F1 would return to the games in 2012 with London as the host.
The original 2012 British Grand Prix would have only had to be pushed back a few weeks, as it was held on July 7th, and the games opened on the 27th

Games of the XXX Olympiad - London, England
2012 British Grand Prix - 29 July 2012 - Silverstone, England
Medal Stand
Gold - Mark Webber - AUS
Silver - Fernando Alonso - SPA
Bronze - Sebastian Vettel - GER
The 2016 Games were held in Rio, and while Sao Paulo is a few hours up the coast, I’ve decided to include it.

Games of the XXXI Olympiad - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2016 Brazilian Grand Prix - 14 August 2012 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Medal Stand
Gold - Lewis Hamilton - GBR
Silver - Nico Rosberg - GER
Bronze - Max Verstappen - NL

Medal Count by Country
GBR - 8
GER - 3
AUS - 1
BEL - 2
FRA - 2
USA - 2
ITA - 1
SPA - 1
SWZ - 1
SWE - 1
NL - 1
NZ - 1

Medal Count by Constructor
Ferrari - 8
Lotus - 3
Red Bull - 3
Maserati - 2
Mercedes - 2
Williams - 2
McLaren - 1
Ambrosiana - 1
March - 1
Benetton - 1

Multiple Medal Winners
Nigel Mansell - GBR - 2 Gold

TL;DR. I spent too much time on this, but conceivably, F1 could have had at least 9 events be a part of the Olympic games. As a country, Great Britain would have more medals than the next 3 countries combined. As constructors, Ferrari would have almost the same. Not every host country would have been able to hold an F1 race as part of their Olympics, most notably the 20-year break between Barcelona 1992 and London 2012. Because of these breaks, no one driver was able to dominate F1 at the Olympics, with Nigel Mansell being the only multi-medal winner, earning golds in 1984 and 1992
What do you think guys? I threw this together after I had the idea pop up in my head on a drive home yesterday. Did I miss anything? Feel free to give feedback or add anything you’d like to share, I can edit this as necessary.
Edit: Bruce McLaren is not Australian
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2018.10.28 22:44 4irNZ Convince Yourself - Radical Decentralization for The Fourth Industrial Revolution Part 2

We have posted before so check account for the guts in this matter
https://twitter.com/BeforeBelief/status/1056642696582819840
So basic trend from available data. So think about Industry 4irAwareness and Public 4irAwareness.
How to increase Public Awareness?
There are already 100s of passionate influencers on Twitter using #4ir and #Industry40 hashtags.

Who is on Twitter? Who will share to help influence others? Who is willing to attach themselves to something that floats during 4ir?

Over 3 weeks ago we posted excerpts for Part 1. so has anybody been inspired?
4irLondon? 4irAuckland? 4irSydney? etc
1000s of potential seeds that can organize and operate independently, or network with those they choose to network with.
Independently doing whatever you choose for positive impact, however you choose, in a positive manner?
The COMMONALITY is the 4ir identifier.
Get in early, become part of the evolution, influence friends wherever they may be.

So what are the possibilities for influential decentralized information flows for local industries and economies?
Key to helping a solution
Fourth Industrial Revolution Specific Tagging
#4ir #4irAR #4irAT #4irAU #4irBE #4irBO #4irBR #4irCA #4irCH #4irCL
#4irCN #4irCO #4irCZ #4irDK #4irES #4irFI #4irFR #4irIE #4irIN #4irIT #4irJP
#4irKP #4irNL #4irNO #4irNO #4irPE #4irSE #4irUK #4irUS #4irZA

Of course any country's adoption of such tags depends on its citizen's attempt to use tags in a responsible matter.
For example Test to see if ALL UK citizens are allowed to properly communicate with tags 4ir and 4irUK . If #ukmfgmatters to social media platforms then #ukmfg and UK citizens will benefit from increased 4ir Awareness. Not just select influencers.
No duping / No hiding good stuff from public eyes. The Fourth Industrial Revolution also emphasizes the need for TRUST that good people can communicate good things to others.

Stands out as a place where not many people post. Here It really is a blessing when compared to posting on Twitter and having content go whizzing by lost in the million of unnoticed tweets.

A King before days of Marconi would appreciate the inability of unwanted constructive ideas reaching the masses. Can't give the masses too many progressive advantages etc I jest?

Well, not all countries are like that in the Evolving World.

Convince Yourself - Predicted Future of the '4ir' Identifier in The Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Convince Yourself this potential importance for Decentralization.
Local Economies already exist. Some will take initiative to make the most of positive impacts of 4ir.
People are the most important asset of any economy. Local people, assets and resources, will gather for local and national progress.

Local Economies must attach themselves to something that floats in the 4ir. They will resource relevant information and distribute relevant information which they decide best inspires their local economy, other local economies, their national economies, and other economies globally.
Decentralization requires communication of relevant information flows. Smart cities and smart towns.
4irTech may come to some cities and town eventually, however in 4ir there will be exponential change. That's why some countries are going ahead with what the like of WEF and UN are recommending to their governments ...

BUT PEOPLE THEMSELVES WILL ALSO HAVE TO ORGANIZE AT THE GRASSROOTS LEVEL for any economy to best progress and prosper.
Public groups are already organizing themselves, preparing and progressing ...

NO ONE will organize a General System, but the '4ir' identifier can be used as a common representation that in your City or Town there are people are taking initiatives, pursuing positive thinking and actions of 4ir for their local economies.
Their groups are independently organized and operated, perhaps even associated with the '4ir' identifier, an identifier which will in all likelihood be universally recognized in the future.

For Future Decentralized systems to help people to help themselves and others, to benefit from positive synergies and impacts of 4ir...
These systems are reliant on Local economies, their grassroots communities, their 4ir-focussed groups of people taking local creativity inspiring others outside their cities or towns, and vice versa.
Naturally using their already decentralized assets, People, the most important asset of any economy.
Possibilities for those with invested interests in 4irTech Portfolios, whether locally, nationally or globally.
Portfolios of creativity, potential, local support and synergies.
Possibilities for social media hubs for relevant audiences. Possibilities for local and regional interest communities and/or meetups.

Key to helping a solution
Fourth Industrial Revolution Specific Tagging
#4ir #4irAU #4irCA #4irDK #4irNL #4irUK #4irUS


In fact in the 4ir, those nations, cities and towns which are interested in supporting national and local economies need e.g. to Test to see if ALL citizens are:
Aware that the 4ir is going on all potential initiative-takers, national and local must be alerted so they choose to interact asap.
All national and local citizens are allowed to properly communicate with tags 4ir and e.g 4irUK, 4irAU, 4irNL etc.
If the economies and societies of nations, cities and towns really matter to themselves and to social media platforms then industries, companies and citizens will benefit from increased 4ir Awareness. Not just select influencers.
No duping / No hiding good stuff from public eyes. The Fourth Industrial Revolution also emphasizes the need for TRUST that good people can communicate good things to others.
Convince Yourself about '4ir' identifier, IT IS OUT THERE, IT IS GROWING, AND IT REPRESENTS THE BIGGEST INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION THIS CENTURY.
Convince Yourself - Search YouTube for 'WEF Fourth Industrial Revolution' , Search Twitter for '4ir', '#4ir', 'wef4ir', 'C4ir', '#C4ir' https://twitter.com/BeforeBelief/status/1046871176314683392
4irAwareness is growing. Click the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' topic tag at bottom of 4irHamilton meetup page. At the time of this post we were at No.1 position. https://www.meetup.com/4irHamilton-Social-Meetup/... pathetic so far but perhaps an indicator of how unprepared and unorganized meetup-type and other platforms may be when exponential change and demand progresses. Think about it. New Zealand is a small country but that is an advantage for growing 4ir Awareness.
Come back in X months time, our efforts will have fallen behind efforts elsewhere in the World.

Convince Yourself about the 'unregistered 4ir names' and 'search ability' and recognition benefits.
4irNZ is not selling anything to anyone. 4irNZ desires only to inspire and help people to help themselves and others. Its all up to people what they do and how they do it. We have already shown 4irNZ's intentions, small country, but citizen are not very 4ir-Aware.
Anyway all food for thought.
Who has entrepreneur friends overseas? Are they into 4irTech like IoT and/or anything like Blockchain, Virtual Reality, 3d-printing, Smart Homes, Smart Cities, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Digital Twins, or Cryptocurrency.
Domains and/or platform usernames, associative cross-marketing for Fourth Industrial Revolution based on TLD country codes.
Parallels of an exponential impact? https://youtu.be/K4U1Gmovh4c
Already convinced about 4ir Impact? https://twitter.com/4irNZ/status/1044681574736752640
Convince yourself about how they could achieve pioneering advantage in their city or country. Plus, the power of 'indirectly-associated synergies'.
No need to associate with us. Go at it alone or as network. All the Best

Governments evolve. They have invested interests in industry players and wealthy people of influence. Some are trying to evolve in preparation for Fourth Industrial Revolution because it will bring both negative and positive impacts to society and economies.
The World Economic Forum has been advising governments to prepare. So follow their intentions and progress. It is a different ball game to past weaker efforts of 'trying to create a better world for more people', NOW more people are critically needed to help rescue global and national economies and societies.
If you have been following progress since 2008 World Economic Crises this is evident. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has been for a while, seen to be main driver of future change.
Some governments are reluctant because negative impacts to some industry and people of influence.
So decentralization is not a priority when ranked against 4ir 'exponentially increasing waves'. Like most things expecting to grow throughout 4ir, its is best to attach yourself to something that floats.

Decentralization advocates need to form communities of 4irTech people, grassroots stuff, seeded as independents like, and this is only an example, 4irCity1 ........4irCity99..... , 4irTown1....etc. An example but the concept is crucial for decentralization efforts to evolve from Bottom-up.
If any 4irCity group organizes and operates independent of another, evolution begins. It may or not join its a network of other influences in order to survive as a local entity.
Generally people will not understand decentralization as fast as others wish. But what I am saying is many will ride 4ir ripples and tsunamis and IF the world (as WEF fully recognize) has ever had critically needful opportunity to not only benefit, but literally SAVE ITS ASS, that opportunity comes from Industrial Revolution.

This month India opened its Center for The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

However, Decentralization Advocates are the seeds, the key to any future benefits. This RESPONSIBILITY lies on your shoulders only.
You understand what is going on. What is needed. And How to achieve it. And you have the plans. ORGANIZE YOURSELVES. ALONE AND/OR IN SMALL NETWORKS.

My Opinion, the best way for DECENTRALIZATION efforts is:
Gather Decentralization advocates and get them to grow many local 4irTech groups and 4irSociety groups , or something similarly called.
I advise that using 4irCity names for groups which are independent creates its own ripples which will evolve into waves. Synergistic waves of influence.
Early adopters will influence others within nation to do the same.
The public will eventually be influenced in many various ways bu 4ir itself.
As decentralized systems is already considered part of 4ir and there lies the most advantageous associated linkage to work with.
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2018.10.01 11:10 dontspamrob Traveling in New Zealand from USA

Spent 2 weeks in New Zealand this September 2018. Turned on my phone (nexus 5x) in customs and was on the Fi network after getting through. Had a data connection everywhere I traveled-Auckland, Hamilton, Matamata, Rotorua, Waitomo, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, and Queenstown. I mainly used this phone for navigation and got a Spark travel sim for another phone to have a NZ number.
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2018.09.04 21:00 DangerDylan [Tuesday, 04. September]

World News

Nearly 90 Elephants Found Dead Near Botswana Sanctuary, Killed By Poachers
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The EU and national funders launch a plan to make all publicly funded research available for free instead of scientific publications hiding it behind their pay walls.
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There are more cigarette butts in the world's oceans than any other type of garbage
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All news, US and international.

Colin Kaepernick becomes the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ campaign
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Aretha Franklin’s family found eulogy by Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. ‘distasteful’
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DNA test proves man who paid $58k in child support isn't the dad
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Science

Scientists pioneer a new way to turn sunlight into fuel - Researchers successfully split water into hydrogen and oxygen by altering the photosynthetic machinery in plants to achieve more efficient absorption of solar light than natural photosynthesis, as reported in Nature Energy.
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Infants can distinguish between leaders and bullies, suggests a new study, which finds that 21-month-old infants can distinguish between respect-based power asserted by a leader and fear-based power wielded by a bully.
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People who are more well-off were made happier buying experiences over material things (the “experiential advantage”) but this is not universal - the less well-off get equal or more happiness from buying material things, suggests a new study.
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Technology

PlayStation 2 repair services close in Japan. Sony ends its repair service for the PS2 more than 18 years after the console went on sale.
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Cities of Chicago, Boston, Seattle + 24 Others Join the Fight for Net Neutrality
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Report: Jack Dorsey Overruled Staff to Keep Alex Jones, White Supremacist Richard Spencer on Twitter
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Sadly, this is not the Onion.

Saudi Arabia declares online satire punishable offence
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Cancelled reality TV show still a key source of info for Canadians on border agency, report finds
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Paranormal investigator fires gun at alleged ghost inside home
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Ask Reddit...

You'll get $100.000 if you binge-watch the same movie for a week straight with only 4h sleep a night, what movie do you pick?
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What's technically true but extremely misleading?
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What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home?
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Sysadmin

login.microsoft.com down for everyone or just me?
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Azure South Central experiencing an outage
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Reading ability
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Microsoft SQL Server

Exam Ref 70-761 Discord Channel
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Data masking or Encryption?
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SQL upgrade challenges make me re-think our architecture - what do you see wrong with our environment?
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PowerShell

Download Newest Sysinternals Tools
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CodeShare - Who the hell is using all the Bomgar licences!
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WPF with Powershell - Auto fill textbox
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Functional 3D Printing

Headphone Holder for Microphone Boom
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Remote controls: Tamed!
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Until my new eyeglasses arrive... (New to sub)
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Data Is Beautiful

Preferred alcoholic beverage by country in Europe: 1990 vs. 2015 [OC]
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[OC] US food consumption cyclic trends (starring Willy Wonka)
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[OC] Average Guitar Price by Finish from Reverb.com Listings
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Today I Learned (TIL)

TIL that in ancient Rome, commoners would evacuate entire cities in acts of revolt called "Secessions of the Plebeians", leaving the elite in the cities to fend for themselves
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TIL the historical inaccuracies in the movie U-571 caused so much controversy it ended up being condemned in British Parliament. Americans did not capture the Enigma machine. The code had been broken years before they entered the war.
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TIL about a murderer who got caught 4 years after the crime because he had gotten the murder scene tattooed on his chest
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So many books, so little time

Help? Was enjoying a book until for some reason I started reading everything in the tone of a news anchorman and now I cant stop.
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I'm Peter F. Hamilton, author of SALVATION. Ask me anything.
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Getting a Kindle improved my reading habits drastically
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OldSchoolCool: History's cool kids, looking fantastic

Audition polaroids taken by casting director Mali Finn circa 1980s.
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Female fashion in 1960
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American inventor of the heating radiator system - Charles S. L. Baker - and family. Circa early 1910s.
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aviation

Trans World Airlines Terminal at Idlewild Airport, Queens, New York, 1964.
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Finally got my private pilot's license at 17!
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Best way to get passengers’ attention on the safety instructions
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Reddit Pics

Canadian (left) and American(right) firefighters meet at the border while fighting the horns mountain fire
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My Grandpa turned 100 last week. He stayed up until midnight to see off the last century on his flip phone.
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Amazing Mojo Jojo cosplay
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.gifs - funny, animated gifs for your viewing pleasure

Finally somebody who likes cardistry
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Water buffalo. Who knew!?
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Streching for dummies.
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A subreddit for cute and cuddly pictures

US nurse discovers colleague doctor was premature baby she cared for 28 years ago.
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He likes to watch the babies take their bath.
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Corgi Cubone, a Corgbone if you will
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2017.08.19 05:29 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: newzealand top posts from 2017-07-19 to 2017-08-18 09:17 PDT

Period: 29.58 days
Submissions Comments
Total 998 51210
Rate (per day) 33.73 1688.63
Unique Redditors 503 4717
Combined Score 93844 324276

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 10594 points, 1 submission: EmmalNz
    1. I know not many people from Christchurch are probably even on here but on the off chance. My friends sister is missing, since Thursday morning. We're searching again tomorrow ( 23rd ). Start point is Waikuku beach surf club from 8am. (10594 points, 216 comments)
  2. 5910 points, 1 submission: twentytwohundredeggs
    1. The Labour Party's 404 error page (5910 points, 274 comments)
  3. 4279 points, 1 submission: jtm1994
    1. My dog was beaten to death - Can you guys please help me by signing the petition to get justice? (4279 points, 339 comments)
  4. 1811 points, 31 submissions: hsmithakl
    1. Lighting striking Skytower, Auckland (240 points, 12 comments)
    2. Giant Kauri tree, Nihotupu, 52' circumference. 1890's (182 points, 24 comments)
    3. Walk the bridge day, Auckland 1959 (167 points, 27 comments)
    4. Street scenes Queen St, Auckland, 1950's (153 points, 27 comments)
    5. Metiria Turei MP vs #Lombard (127 points, 64 comments)
    6. Portrait of Jane - Hawkes Bay district 1884 (123 points, 8 comments)
    7. Paekakaraki Hill Sundown this evening (115 points, 3 comments)
    8. Misery Copper Sculpture, Beresford St, Auckland (89 points, 8 comments)
    9. Piha Surf Lifesaving Club, circa 1960 (80 points, 8 comments)
    10. Mushroom Rock, Whangaroa (75 points, 9 comments)
  5. 1694 points, 16 submissions: largeleaf
    1. Labour promises light rail to Auckland Airport within a decade (435 points, 213 comments)
    2. Two Dunedin orthopaedic surgeons have written to health minister Jonathan Coleman, challenging him to come to Dunedin Hospital and spend a "day in our shoes'' (265 points, 49 comments)
    3. Newshub-Reid Research poll: Jacinda Ardern brings Labour back (241 points, 259 comments)
    4. LIVE - Little resigns as Labour leader (220 points, 344 comments)
    5. The trouble with Paula (121 points, 64 comments)
    6. Winston Peters accuses Bill English of sending hundreds of text messages to the woman who complained to police about Todd Barclay (78 points, 40 comments)
    7. Greens icon Nándor Tánczos on Metiria and what the party really stands for (73 points, 35 comments)
    8. A Definitive Ranking of NZ Prime Ministers from Lamest to Coolest (63 points, 49 comments)
    9. Population boom: 'How big are we actually planning for?' (40 points, 101 comments)
    10. Interview: Jacinda Ardern (32 points, 42 comments)
  6. 1589 points, 4 submissions: ryan-a
    1. Get It Done For The Hungry Cock - Downtown Auckland (1213 points, 47 comments)
    2. As a long time Green voter, I'll now be voting for Labour or TOP if they're looking more like they'll crack 5%. (169 points, 370 comments)
    3. Gareth Morgan on the Treaty of Waitangi (161 points, 63 comments)
    4. The rot goes deep: more blatant ‘political fraud’ for Patrick Gower to investigate (46 points, 49 comments)
  7. 1580 points, 9 submissions: kezzaNZ
    1. New Zealand in one Gif. (1154 points, 79 comments)
    2. What it’s like to grow up poor in New Zealand (199 points, 136 comments)
    3. Our inconvenient truth: New Zealand’s climate change shame (94 points, 65 comments)
    4. Auckland set to get new battery-powered trains enabling them to reach Pukekohe (64 points, 56 comments)
    5. How NZ outplayed Australia on broadband (33 points, 59 comments)
    6. A play-by-play of Kim Hill’s weekend knockout match with US ambassador Scott Brown (13 points, 14 comments)
    7. Metiria Turei 'felt and sounded like so many of us' (9 points, 55 comments)
    8. The evolution of Kiwi English (8 points, 5 comments)
    9. Auckland retains its position as the 8th most liveable city in the world. Losing point primarily for Infrastructure and Healthcare. (6 points, 21 comments)
  8. 1443 points, 11 submissions: zack786
    1. Replace Mike Hosking as Election Debate Presenter (552 points, 197 comments)
    2. National 'misleading' Aucklanders with promises of affordable housing - Labour (213 points, 98 comments)
    3. Jacinda Ardern maiden speech to Parliament in 2008 (123 points, 16 comments)
    4. New Zealand gripped by 'Jacindamania' as new Labour leader soars in polls (113 points, 67 comments)
    5. Chinese company seeks consent to draw 580 million litres of pristine spring water (81 points, 74 comments)
    6. Ardern shuts down attacks over Barclay as part of 'relentlessly positive' approach (77 points, 31 comments)
    7. Pundits pick Jacinda Ardern will be next PM (76 points, 50 comments)
    8. Labour vows to end 'post-code lottery' of cancer care (71 points, 68 comments)
    9. The Jacinda effect: New Zealand politician enjoys rapid rise (66 points, 47 comments)
    10. 2017 general election: The list of policies for each party (64 points, 51 comments)
  9. 1436 points, 1 submission: xzamin
    1. How fucking good is it to live in New Zealand? (1436 points, 605 comments)
  10. 1435 points, 1 submission: thelennon
    1. As seen on Western Springs Road (1435 points, 72 comments)
  11. 1268 points, 1 submission: Grahar64
    1. Russian News Site: most people in New Zealand don't survive past 65 because "widespread drug addiction, obesity, snake bites, etc." (1268 points, 378 comments)
  12. 1204 points, 1 submission: EMC2_trooper
    1. Wellington (1204 points, 38 comments)
  13. 1147 points, 1 submission: IWantUsToMerge
    1. TOP cannabis policy announced. Legal to sell, given a licence. Allows home growing of up to two plants. Legal age 20. (1147 points, 394 comments)
  14. 1125 points, 1 submission: turbotailz
    1. A leader I can support (1125 points, 176 comments)
  15. 1108 points, 6 submissions: threalseymourskinner
    1. Greater Auckland proposes fast rail between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga (601 points, 306 comments)
    2. Finally revealed: report shows benefits/cost of rail greatly outweighs benefits/cost of roading for Auckland freight (415 points, 200 comments)
    3. Ombudsman launches 'urgent' investigation into Wellington City Council (37 points, 17 comments)
    4. Coke 'exempt' under Labour's water bottling plan (34 points, 53 comments)
    5. The indulgence of anger: NZ philosopher Jeremy Waldron on why politics needs more civility (13 points, 22 comments)
    6. NZ's ill-fated native black swan (8 points, 1 comment)
  16. 1098 points, 1 submission: SomeWierdo
    1. North Korea's Missile range (X-post from ABSOLUTELYNOTME_IRL) (1098 points, 161 comments)
  17. 1003 points, 29 submissions: nilnz
    1. Important! Make sure you're enrolled and ready to vote in 2017 General Elections. Enrol, Check or Update Now! (320 points, 85 comments)
    2. 30 years ago on 1 August 1987 the Maori Language Act came into force, making te reo Māori an official language of New Zealand (111 points, 54 comments)
    3. 'Same result without all the shouting'. YouthQuest, a youth programme says it could do more than military camp (62 points, 28 comments)
    4. Government spent record $12m on emergency housing in motels over last three months (47 points, 16 comments)
    5. 'If the system isn't corrected, then it will fail' - family GPs. More than 350 letters from GPs to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman (38 points, 3 comments)
    6. Break The Silence: Rainbow suicide rate five times higher than mainstream. LGBT+ (38 points, 59 comments)
    7. Christchurch tetraplegic man disgusted after benefit slashed without warning (38 points, 14 comments)
    8. Calling time on omnipresent pundits. RNZ, ZB, TVNZ, Radio Live and TV3 all share the same pundits. It's time for more diversity Mediawatch (34 points, 14 comments)
    9. Union 'shocked' at mental health pay equity warning. Ministry of Health telling district health boards (DHBs) not to pay mental health workers the same as aged-care and disability support staff (34 points, 15 comments)
    10. Medical students face dropping out over loan cap (31 points, 22 comments)
  18. 983 points, 7 submissions: Aceofshovels
    1. Metiria Turei resigns as Green Party co-leader (825 points, 768 comments)
    2. Drug users must take responsibility: PM Bill English (33 points, 146 comments)
    3. I will remember Metiria Turei differently (31 points, 43 comments)
    4. I told a lie to claim benefits. Now I am an MP and I want to talk about why - Metiria Turei (29 points, 35 comments)
    5. Election 2017: National's year of living dangerously (25 points, 29 comments)
    6. No easy fix for synthetic cannabis health emergency (24 points, 65 comments)
    7. In the Land of Milk and Money, Dairy Boom Feeds Environmental Fears (16 points, 11 comments)
  19. 942 points, 9 submissions: Chipless
    1. NZ tops list of developed countries with the most homeless per capita (508 points, 198 comments)
    2. Whistleblowers were forced from ministry (132 points, 27 comments)
    3. Auditor general resign over fraud investigation (103 points, 51 comments)
    4. Dairy cows putting Selwyn drinking water at risk, residents told (87 points, 12 comments)
    5. Old boys network suspected in Indian student market (40 points, 14 comments)
    6. Labour immigration policy could ruin Private Training Colleges - industry (26 points, 61 comments)
    7. Labour, Greens, United Future, Maori Party sign pledge to re-enter Pike river mine (20 points, 28 comments)
    8. Afghan villagers' lawyers go to High Court (19 points, 10 comments)
    9. Yellow-eyed penguin 'death march' protest (7 points, 0 comments)
  20. 893 points, 2 submissions: Elvish__Presley
    1. Mt Cook in all its glory (850 points, 43 comments)
    2. Cathedral Cove drone selfie. (43 points, 8 comments)
  21. 875 points, 7 submissions: clint20040
    1. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern confirms it will charge a royalty on commercial freshwater use (629 points, 464 comments)
    2. Second poll shows jump for Labour, slump for Greens (95 points, 93 comments)
    3. Give up on home ownership, strengthen renters' rights - Morgan (70 points, 80 comments)
    4. The post-truth World of Winstonomics (28 points, 25 comments)
    5. TOP vs The Greens - What is the difference between The Opportunities Party (TOP) and the Greens (22 points, 95 comments)
    6. Several large slips around Wellington (21 points, 1 comment)
    7. Wild cats take over rural Waikato property (10 points, 19 comments)
  22. 859 points, 3 submissions: P_U_K_E_K_O
    1. Twizel experiencing a cold snap... (565 points, 14 comments)
    2. What are our Very Kiwi Problems? Y'know, the things Kiwi culture makes harder than they need to be... (148 points, 371 comments)
    3. I found Mum's old copy of the Women's Weekly Birthday Cake book from the 80's. Took some photos. Figure a few of us had one of these! (146 points, 79 comments)
  23. 841 points, 4 submissions: wikipipes
    1. So true (740 points, 89 comments)
    2. National Party election flyer, 1951 (71 points, 48 comments)
    3. Norman Kirk on the campaign trail, 1966 (23 points, 7 comments)
    4. Sir Robert Muldoon The Grim Face of Power Documentary (7 points, 6 comments)
  24. 835 points, 1 submission: Z1vel
    1. Cannabis smokers shouldn't go to jail - Ardern (835 points, 245 comments)
  25. 828 points, 2 submissions: ShimTadbolt
    1. Shots fired (806 points, 140 comments)
    2. Nelson cafe charging men more than women (22 points, 185 comments)

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2017.03.23 04:24 KiwiKibbles Ombudsman Cost Recovery, Equal Pay through disclosure of Remuneration Statistics, and Adding World Heritage Areas to Schedule 4 Protection of the Crown Minerals Act drawn from ballot + Members Day Update

How the Day Unfolded
Permission Denied
Questions for Oral Answer
Urgent Debate Application Denied
The General Debate Was Held
The general debate is held every week on Wednesday after Question Time. The formal procedure for the debate is that a member move a motion that the house take note of miscellaneous business. Members have 5 minutes to speak to whatever issue they wish. At the end of the hour the motion lapses and no question is put or vote taken.
The speakers were:
Call Member Party Seat Topic
1. Paula Bennett National Upper Harbour Contrasting National’s announcements to Labour’s
2. Ron Mark New Zealand First List Youth Crime
3. Todd McClay National Rotorua Trade
4. Stuart Nash Labour Napier Police Numbers and Crime
5. Alfred Ngaro National List Trust and Confidence in the Government
6. Clare Curran Labour Dunedin South Government Failures in Dunedin – Housing, Health and Cadbury Factory
7. Dr Shane Reti National Whangarei Regional Growth
8. James Shaw Green List Vivid Economics Report on New Zealand's emissions mitigation potential
9. Brett Hudson National List Trade and Growth
10. Poto Williams Labour Christchurch East Information and data collected by the Ministry of Social Development
11. Maureen Pugh National List Tourism Growth
12. Denis O’Rourke New Zealand First List Water Exports
Transcript can be found here
John Key Delivered his Valedictory Statement
  • John Key concluded his 15 year Parliamentary career Wednesday with a speech that bid farewell and thanked those involved in his time as Member of Parliament for Helensville and Prime Minister of New Zealand and reflected on the highs and lows of his time in office.
    Given the speech was 25 minutes long I won’t post the full transcript but this part was probably my favourite story from the speech:
    One time, I was at the Pacific Forum in the Marshall Islands, and when the summit finished, we had some downtime before leaving, so I hatched a plan to go tuna fishing. The trouble was I was due to get an important phone call from the then British Prime Minister, my friend David Cameron, about the atrocities taking place in Libya and to talk about why Britain was taking military action. "No worries," someone said, "we have the satellite phone." So we headed out to sea, and just as I had hooked a big one and was hauling it on board, the phone rang. I handed the rod to my diplomatic protection officer, who found some implement to finish off the tuna, which was flapping mightily in the boat. It is fair to say there was a huge amount of noise in the background, and Cameron, who was used to taking calls on secure phones and in a quiet office, said to me: "What the hell is going on there?". "Oh," I said, "don't be alarmed. It's just that we're on a fishing boat about a mile out to sea in the Marshall Islands, and I've landed a big tuna." There was this long silence, and then he wistfully said: "God, I wish I ran a small country."
    • Video can be found here
    • Transcript can be found here
Member’s Bills
  • The interrupted first reading debate on the Student Loan Scheme (First Home Repayment Diversion) Amendment Bill introduced by Gareth Hughes (Green- list) finished with the bill failing 48 – 73. The Greens, Labour and the Maori Party voted in favour.
    This bill’s purpose was to assist New Zealanders with student loans to save a deposit for their first home by allowing compulsory student loan repayments, or a nominated percentage of the repayments, to be delayed and diverted to a first home deposit saving scheme.
  • The Employment Relations (Allowing Higher Earners to Contract Out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill introduced by Coromandel MP Scott Simpson (National) was read a first time on a 61-60 vote and referred to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee.
    This bill amends the Employment Relations Act 2000 to allow employees with an annual gross salary over $150,000 to contract out of the personal grievance provisions.
  • James Shaw’s (Green-List) Public Finance (Sustainable Development Indicators) Amendment Bill failed at first reading 48 - 73 .
    The purpose of this bill was to ensure that New Zealand governments, in the context of their macro-economic planning, balance economic opportunity with environmental responsibility.
Debate Interrupted
  • The house adjourned at 10pm while debating New Zealand First List MP Clayton Mitchell’s Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill. The purpose of the bill is to define in law games and sporting events that are to be broadcast live on free-to-air television. The bill is destined to fail with National, Labour and Act indicating they will vote against the bill.
Biscuit Tin of Democracy
For a Members Bill to be introduced in Parliament it must go into a ballot. The ballot is a biscuit tin kept in the Clerk’s office and as bills are debated a ballot is conducted withdrawing the next bill to introduced onto the order paper.
The winners were:
  • Labour List MP David Parker had his Ombudsmen (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill drawn first.
    This bill allows the Ombudsmen to set guidelines for recovering the costs of their investigations from the agencies being investigated.
  • Green List MP Jan Logie had another success at the ballot with her Equal Pay Amendment Bill being drawn.
    This bill amends the Equal Pay Act 1972 and the Employment Relations Act 2000 to remove discrimination in pay rates between men and women in the same jobs by making publicly available statistical information relating to their rates of remuneration.
  • Port Hills Labour MP Ruth Dyson had her Crown Minerals (Protecting World Heritage Sites) Amendment Bill drawn. The purpose of this Bill is to add World Heritage Sites to Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act 1991, which will provide them with protection from mining.
Psephology Spotlight
Elections Concluded
  • In West Australia the Collin Barnett government was swept out of office in a landslide that saw the Liberals lose more than half their seats. The swing was so strong that members in safe seats that were positioning themselves to lead the Liberals in the inevitable post election leadership ballot lost their seat. For coalition partner the Nationals WA their leader Brendon Grylls lost his seat of Pilbara after heavy lobbying by the mining industry. Mark McGowan will have no issues getting his legislation through the Legislative Assembly with his party winning 41 of 59 seats but faces more of a challenge in the Legislative Council. The seats in that chamber are still being finalised but it is clear that Labor will be the largest party but fall short of a majority with an estimated 15 of 36 seats. Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party performed worse than expected in the Assembly races but still managed to win 2 seats in the conservative leaning chamber. Other parties that appear to have won seats include the Greens, the libertarian Liberal Democrats and Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.
  • The much-anticipated Netherlands General Election saw the Mark Rutte lead People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) win a plurality of the vote and see off a challenge by Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom (PVV).
    Voter Turnout soared to 81.9% up more than 6% from 2012’s 74.6%.
    VVD lost 8 seats and have 33 seats going into coalition building with the need to reach a majority of 76. Rutte’s former coalition partner, The Labour Party, suffered heavy losses going from 38 to 9 seats in the 150 seat chamber. The Green Left Party lead by Jesse Klaver, who some describe as a Dutch Justin Trudeau was the largest winner of the election. The party had the highest vote total in Amsterdam and gained 10 seats to sit on 14.
    Analysts expect cabinet formation could take months as negotiations between the 13 parties now represented in the chamber. It is thought that Rutte will end up as leader once again and lead a coalition of up to 5 parties to ensure the government can pass legislation through both chambers. The PVV have been excluded from coalition negotiations much to Wilders consternation.
Upcoming Elections
  • Parliamentary elections were due to be held in Bulgaria in 2018 at the end of the four-year term of the National Assembly. However, early elections will be held on 26 March 2017 following the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the failure of Bulgarian parties to form a government. Borisov resigned after the candidate for his GERB party failed to win the November Presidential election.
    During the 2016 presidential election campaign, Borisov promised to resign if his party's candidate, then-Chairperson of the National Assembly Tsetska Tsacheva lost the election.
    On 6 November 2016 Tsacheva finished second in the first round to BSP-backed Major general Rumen Radev, receiving only 22% of the popular vote compared to Radev's 25.4%. Following the result, Borisov reiterated his promise to resign if his party's candidate lost the runoff election a week later. On November 13, 2016, she finished a distant second with only 36.2% of the popular vote compared to Radev's 59.4%. Borisov, staying true to his campaign promise, subsequently resigned on 14 November. Two days later, the National Assembly voted 218–0 to accept it.
    The 240 members of the National Assembly are elected by open listproportional representation from 31 multi-member constituencies ranging in size from 4 to 16 seats. The electoral threshold is 4%
    Current opinion polling has the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party just ahead of GERB on around 27%.
  • Parliamentary elections will be held in Armenia on 2 April 2017. They will be the first elections after the constitutional referendum in 2015 that approved reforms to become a parliamentary republic.
    The new form of the National Assembly of Armenia will be consisted of at least 101 seats and is elected with a two-tier Party list proportional representation method. It reserves 50% of votes casted in favor of each party to be distributed through party lists.
    Out of these 4 mandates will be assigned to national minorities, if they are included on party lists. A party list can not include over 70% of representatives of the same sex. Any top-segment of a party list from (and a length of any multiple of 4) must include at least 25% members of each sex.
    Another 50% of votes received by each party will be distributed among their territorial lists submitted in 13 multi- member electoral precincts.
    If neither party wins over 50% of mandates in the first round and no coalition is built within 6 days after the election results announcement a second round of elections will be carried out. Two best-placed parties (or blocs) are allowed to participate in the second round. All mandates received as per first round will be preserved. The party which wins second round of elections will be given sufficient number of additional mandates ensuring it gains 54% all seats.
    The Threshold is 5% and 7% for blocs.
    The Republican Party of Armenia is the incumbent party. The Economist magazine has described the RPA as a "typical post-Soviet 'party of power' mainly comprising senior government officials, civil servants, and wealthy business people dependent on government connections." Observers claim that although the party professes National Conservatism and to sit on the Right Wing of the political compass that party essentially lacks a true political ideology.
    The RPA has won every presidential election since 2003 and has formed government as the largest party in every election since 1995. The European Union and other agencies are monitoring the election closely with violence and corruption so far being alleged on the campaign trail.
  • In the German state of Saarland the 51 seats of the Landtag are up for election on March 26. Currently the Christian Democrat Union and Social Democratic Party are in a grand coalition and polling indicates little change in voter opinion since the last vote in 2012.
    The Green Party who were a part of the “Jamaica Coalition” between 2009 and 2012 with the CDU and centrist FDP appear to have continued to lose voter support with opinion polls consistently putting them under the 5% threshold to gain seats. Meanwhile the other former CDU coalition partner, the FDP, appear to be back with polling indicating they are just over the threshold after plummeting to 1% in 2012.
    Elections are held under MMP.
Fact of the Day – New Zealand in Samoa
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The Samoan archipelago, located in the southwest of the Pacific Ocean, comprises six main islands, two atolls, and numerous smaller islets. Its closest neighbours, the northern islands of the Tonga group, are 210 kms to the southwest.
In the late 19th century the Samoan islands became highly desirable to Britain, Germany and the United States as a refuelling stop for coal-fired shipping. A 'civil war' broke out between factions backed by each of these powers. Samoans were not consulted when Britain, Germany and the United States agreed to partition their islands following the end of this civil conflict in December 1899. Germany acquired the western islands (Savai’i and ‘Upolu, plus seven smaller islands), while the United States acquired the eastern islands (Tutuila and the Manu’a group) to support its Pacific fleet.
When war broke out in Europe in August 1914, Britain asked New Zealand to seize German Samoa as a 'great and urgent Imperial service'. New Zealand's response was swift. Led by Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Logan, the 1385-strong Samoa Advance Party of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force landed at Apia on 29 August. There was no resistance from German officials or the general population. Next day a proclamation by Logan established a New Zealand-run British Military Occupation of Samoa.
The relative quiet of New Zealand's wartime administration was shattered by a devastating influenza pandemic in November 1918, which killed approximately 8500 Samoans, or about 22% of the total population. For survivors, the disaster, and especially the administration's bumbling response to it, was seared into memory. It became the foundation upon which other grievances against the New Zealand administration would be built. The League of Nations formally allocated New Zealand the Class C mandate of Western Samoa in December 1920. Samoan leaders were not consulted as other nations decided the islands' future.
Legislation was already in place to support the mandate. On 1 May 1920, the Samoa Constitution Order had replaced the military occupation with a civil administration. The Samoa Act 1921 provided the foundations of government until Western Samoa's independence 40 years later.
The Samoa Act established the British colonial model as the basis for civil administration. New Zealand's Governor-General appointed an Administrator to hold executive power. The position, based in Apia, reported to the Minister of External Affairs in Wellington.
Law-making power was held by the Administrator and a local Legislative Council, although Wellington had final authority. Most Council members were administration officials, with local Europeans given a small minority of seats. Samoans initially had no role in government. The Fono of Faipule, an advisory body of Samoan leaders established by the German administration and retained during New Zealand's military occupation, was not given legal recognition until 1923. Samoans first sat on the Legislative Council in 1928.
New Zealand was ill-equipped to cope with the Samoa mandate. It had no formal foreign service, so officials were seconded to Samoa from New Zealand's public service. Few stayed on for more than one three-year term, or took the time to learn the language or fully understand the culture.
Between 1914 and 1935, New Zealand appointed Administrators from military backgrounds who tended to take an autocratic approach to governance. They lacked experience of Pacific Island cultures, and were often ignorant of or unsympathetic towards Samoan customs and practices.
Like most colonial powers, New Zealand developed paternalistic policies towards Samoans. In the words of one Administrator, they were 'a splendid but backward Native race', with 'no thought for to-morrow, and no vision as to the future of these islands'. It was an attitude deeply resented by Samoans.
Officials felt a duty to control and civilise Samoans for their own good, believing they could not adequately provide for themselves in the modern world. Health, education, and economic development were immediate priorities. Building programmes focused on district hospitals, nursing stations and schools, while attempts were made to promote community order, cleanliness and productivity.
Of the early Administrators, Major-General George Richardson (1923-28) was the most passionate in his attempts to modernise Samoans. Richardson was initially well-received because he tried to learn the language and listen to local opinion. But, supported by the newly empowered Faipule, he began to impose regulations in a tactless and authoritarian manner without the agreement or understanding of the people.
Richardson's attempts to increase productivity intruded into daily life and custom. He proposed to individualise land holdings and remodel villages to make more effective use of the available land. ‘Time-wasting’ customs such as malaga - travelling parties for the distribution of fine mats - were prohibited, and the popular pastime of village cricket was restricted.
Most of all, Samoans objected to interference with traditional authority and rights over titles. The 1922 Samoan Offenders Ordinance caused particular resentment. It gave the Administrator powers to banish chiefs and remove their titles, powers previously reserved for matai. By 1926, the legislation had been used against more than 50 matai for offences that often seemed trivial.
Local Europeans and 'half-castes' such as Olaf Nelson had their own grievances. They objected to their poor representation on the Legislative Council and their exclusion from the New Zealand Parliament. Many were related to Samoans by birth or marriage, and they resented suggestions that they placed their own interests before those of Samoans. A ban on importing alcohol, and a proposal for its complete prohibition, further roused European anger.
By 1926, anti-New Zealand feeling was strong throughout Samoa. Despite very different aims, a shared sense of dissatisfaction reinforced by memories of the 1918 influenza pandemic united local Europeans and Samoans against the administration.
Samoa has a history of opposition to European rule. Formal resistance had occurred on two occasions during the German colonial era, and several petitions had already challenged New Zealand's administration. But the opposition that emerged in the late 1920s was organised and widespread.
This new opposition had its origins in two public meetings held in Apia in October and November 1926. These provided a forum for local Europeans and Samoans to document their collective grievances and prepare formal submissions to the New Zealand government.
Richardson blocked a Citizens' Committee plan to meet New Zealand's Minister of External Affairs. He believed that Samoans were being stirred up by a handful of local European agitators.
In March 1927, the Citizens' Committee confirmed the principles of an organisation called the League of Samoa. It became known as O le Mau a Samoa - ‘the firm opinion of Samoa’ - the Mau. Its slogan, Samoa Mo Samoa – ‘Samoa for Samoans’ – envisaged a Samoa without New Zealand.
Support for the Mau grew rapidly. The Samoan Guardian, established with assistance from Olaf Nelson in May, promoted the cause in direct opposition to the pro-government newspaper, The Samoan Times. The Mau were soon represented in all but two of Samoa's districts. The central committee established its headquarters at Vaimoso under the leadership of Tupua Tamasese Leolofi III. While the administration estimated that about two-thirds of Samoa's population supported the Mau, the Mau themselves put the figure at closer to 90%.
A much-anticipated visit by New Zealand's Minister of External Affairs in June 1927 inflamed matters. It prompted Richardson to issue a proclamation ordering the Mau to disband and promising to deport non-Samoans who continued to interfere in 'native affairs'. With Europeans now less willing to play a public role in the Mau, Samoans assumed greater control of the movement.
The Mau began a systematic campaign of passive resistance to the administration. District councils, village committees and women's welfare committees stopped meeting. Villages ignored visiting officials and children were withdrawn from government schools, some of which were forced to close. Coconuts were left to rot rather than be made into copra, and banana plantations were neglected. Births and deaths went unregistered. Instead of paying taxes, Samoans raised money for the Mau.
In September 1927, New Zealand appointed a Royal Commission to hear grievances against its Samoa administration. Despite hearing evidence from more than 150 witnesses, the Commission reported three months later in support of Administrator George Richardson's actions and policies. It also upheld his view that the Mau was inspired by a small group of local Europeans and their Samoan accomplices.
Key Europeans and 'half-castes', including Olaf Nelson, were deported to New Zealand in early 1928. Nelson continued resistance activities from Auckland. He petitioned the New Zealand government, and received support from the opposition Labour Party. In 1928 he published The Truth about Samoa. The Samoa Guardian newspaper, banned in Samoa, was re-established as the New Zealand Samoa Guardian.
That year Nelson presented a petition to the League of Nations in Geneva that outlined Samoan objections to New Zealand's administration. Of the 9300 adult Samoan men, 8000 had signed the petition. The Permanent Mandates Commission denied Nelson a hearing.
Meanwhile, the Mau intensified its campaign. In January 1928 Mau policemen, dressed in a uniform of a purple lavalava with a white stripe, began enforcing a sā - ban - on European stores in Apia. An observer described them as 'a genial smiling lot ... fraternising and laughing with the khaki clad police of the Administration.' Richardson too stepped up measures. His request for two New Zealand-based Royal Navy warships to be sent to Samoa was granted in February 1928. Marines from HMS Dunedin and Diomede helped to enforce laws prohibiting Mau activities and made arrests.
The Mau remained ‘cheekily defiant'. When the arrest of some 400 Mau filled detention centres to breaking point, hundreds more gave themselves up. In a deeply humiliating experience for Richardson, the facilities were unable to cope and the prisoners were released. Richardson left Samoa in April 1928.
The new Administrator, Colonel Stephen Allen, believed that the Mau would gradually decline. In his view, it could be eradicated through firm police action. There were two violent clashes between police and Mau in 1928. The second, in November, saw Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III arrested and jailed in New Zealand for six months. Throughout 1929, Allen believed the Mau was 'slowly dying', yet tensions simmered beneath the surface. They would erupt in violence on 'Black Saturday'.
The worst incident in New Zealand’s relationship with Samoa occurred on Saturday 28 December 1929. It was precipitated by a fracas that erupted during a Mau parade along Apia’s waterfront to welcome home two members who had been exiled in New Zealand. The incident culminated in police opening fire on the crowd, leaving at least eight dead.
The fracas was caused by an attempt by the police to arrest the Mau’s secretary, who, provocatively, was marching in the parade. The Mau had earlier been warned that such action would be taken if any wanted men marched, and the administration feared for its authority if it failed to carry through on its threat. The marchers vigorously opposed the arrest attempt, and additional police arrived. As the situation deteriorated, some of the police fired their revolvers at the crowd, and then began retreating towards the police station in a side street, pursued by Samoans. During this movement Constable Abraham was caught and clubbed to death.
As the mob approached the station, a police sergeant fired a Lewis machine gun from the balcony in an effort to deter them. An experienced machine gunner, he directed the fire over the heads of the crowd. But three other policemen, panicking at the thought that the rioters might get under the balcony and burn the building down with them in it, fired at the crowd with their rifles. Tragically, this fire mortally wounded the prominent Samoan leader Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III. It also killed Migao, Leota Anese, Tapu, Ainoa, Faumuina of Savai’i, Vele and Tu’ia.
To the New Zealanders, this traumatic event had been caused by the Samoans’ resistance to the arresting party. The coroner, New Zealander John Luxford, concluded that the use of firearms had, in the circumstances, been justified. Naturally, Samoans took a very different view. To them the police had made an outrageous attack on an innocent crowd. The Mau made much of the machine-gun fire, claiming it had been directed at the crowd – and were angered when the coroner ruled this out (a verdict that was seemingly borne out by the limited number of casualties). The killing of Tamasese, who was apparently trying to restrain the crowd at the moment he was shot, left a deep sense of grievance among many Samoans. This was exacerbated by the administration’s actions in the following weeks.
Convinced that the Mau had lost heart, Administrator Stephen Allen adopted aggressive measures to ensure its complete collapse. On 13 January 1930, after the Mau refused to give up its headquarters and surrender wanted men, he declared the organisation seditious and the wearing of the Mau uniform illegal.
As many as 1500 Mau men took to the bush. They were pursued by an armed force of 150 marines and seamen from HMS Dunedin, recently arrived from New Zealand, and 50 military police. A seaplane supported military excursions into the bush to hunt down the fugitives.
Samoa’s inhabitants supported the Mau by supplying them with food and shelter, and providing reports on New Zealand operations. Marines attempted to prevent such activities by raiding villages, often at night and with fixed bayonets.
The Mau eluded the marines, but by mid-February both sides were showing signs of fatigue. In March, with the assistance of local Europeans and missionaries, Mau leaders met New Zealand’s Minister of Defence and agreed to disperse.
Brigadier-General Herbert Hart (1931–35) replaced Allan as Administrator in April 1931 and an uneasy stalemate ensued. Men were arrested for showing support for the Mau, so women rallied supporters and staged demonstrations. A surge in support when Olaf Nelson returned from exile in 1933 was quickly suppressed with his re-arrest and deportation the following year. The Mau appeared finished.
The Labour Party victory in New Zealand's 1935 general election broke the political stalemate in Samoa. A 'goodwill mission' to Apia in June 1936 recognised the Mau as a legitimate political organisation, the Samoan Offenders Ordinance was repealed, and Olaf Nelson's exile was revoked. The Mau held majorities in both a newly elected Fono of Faipule and the legislative assembly.
But dissatisfaction remained. Samoan self-government was slow to emerge, due in part to the Great Depression and the Second World War. A worldwide trend towards decolonisation after the Second World War and increased pressure from the newly formed United Nations led New Zealand to prepare for Samoan independence.
Western Samoa achieved independence on 1 January 1962. Tupua Tamasese Maeole, son of Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III, became joint head of state with Malietoa Tanumafili II, the son of New Zealand Administrator George Richardson's fatua (adviser), Malietoa Tanumafili I.
On 4 June 2002, nearly 90 years after New Zealand's Samoa Advance Party first stepped ashore at Apia, the New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, returned to Samoa. Speaking to delegates assembled to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Samoa's independence, she offered 'a formal apology' that brought some degree of closure to an uncomfortable chapter of New Zealand history:
On behalf of the New Zealand Government, I wish to offer today a formal apology to the people of Samoa for the injustices arising from New Zealand’s administration of Samoa in its earlier years, and to express sorrow and regret for those injustices. - Helen Clark, speech at State Luncheon, Apia, Samoa, 4 June 2002
Previous Facts of the Day: Speaker's flat, Urgency, Jernigham Wakefield, Sidney Holland and the Suicide Squad, 1951 the last majority election, The Business Committee, New Zealand's First Parliament in Auckland, 1947 Greymouth beer boycott, So goes Hamilton so goes the nation, Australia and Compulsory Voting, Housing the Prime Minister, Mabel Howard – New Zealand’s First Female Cabinet Minsiter, Early Elections in New Zealand, New Zealand’s First State House, New Zealand's Day with LBJ, The Great Strike of 1913, What Happens When The Prime Minister Resigns, Premier Julius Vogel and the Railways
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2017.01.16 02:56 PelotonMod [Pre-Race Thread] 2017 Tour Down Under

Tour Down Under

Stages

Stage 1: Unley > Lyndoch (145km)
Route Map Profile Last 3km UniSA Video Website
Classification: Undulating
The first stage of the TDU starts out pretty flat heading out of the neutral zone, until the KoM up Humbug Scrub at 40km. From there, the race descends into Williamstown where it enters a circuit the riders will complete 3.5 times, with a sprint point in Cockatoo Valley at around 75km and 100km. The finish is downhill into Lyndoch, so a high pace bunch sprint is expected 99 times out of 100, but in that 1% a break could go clear - however, that would require a major mis-ride by the peloton.
Stage 2: Stirling > Paracombe (148.5km)
Route Map Profile Last 3km UniSA Video Website
Classification: Hill top finish
The next stage involves a 5 lap circuit of Stirling, which is almost a replica of the finish into Stirling the past few years. With two sprint points in Heathfield on the 2nd and 4th laps (25km and 70km), the riders leave the circuit at around 105km and head out towards Paracombe, where the finish is up quite a demanding climb. The riders gain 100m in the last 1.3km to the finish, so it would suit the more punchier riders than the sprinters on the day. It's a good day for a late move to be made up the finish as well with the KoM only a handful of meters before the finish, and if it's successful, would make the Willunga Hill stage so much more interesting.
Stage 3: Glenelg > Victor Harbour (144km)
Route Map Profile Last 3km UniSA Video Website
Classification: Pretty flat
Stage 3 sees the riders climb immediately out of Glenelg before heading down Main Rd all the way down to Victor Harbour. Before that, however, they have a KoM up Sellicks Hill about 43km in, which is quickly followed by a sprint in Myponga (46km) and Inman Valley (73km). Once they head into the Victor Harbour circuit, the windy conditions on the day will play a big part on what happens. However, you could almost place a house on a bunch sprint - although there is a bump on the lap around the harbour, it isn't significant enough to keep a break out unless some miracle happens with the wind. Put your money on the best sprinters for this stage!
Stage 4: Norwood > Campbelltown (149.5km)
Route Map Profile Last 3km UniSA Video Website
Classification: Hilly
This stage sees the riders roll out of Norwood, and before they even leave the neutral zone, they climb a wonderful 400m into Paradise. Then the stage starts, and stays at around 370m of altitude the whole day. At 25km, the riders tackle the KoM up near Kersbrook, which would surely be taken out by someone in a break. The two sprint points for the day are about 37km in at Birdwood and 91km in Mount Pleasant. After Mount Pleasant, the riders tackle the Mount Torrens climb, and another climb just out of Lobethal on their descent back towards the city finishing up in Williamstown. There is a high chance of a break staying out on this stage, but if it comes back together, a fast bunch sprint is to be expected given the downhill finish and slight bump with a handful of meters to go.
Stage 5: McLaren Vale > Willunga Hill (151.5km)
Route Map Profile Last 3km UniSA Video Website
Classification: Hill top finish
Fun fact: Stage 5 of the TDU includes 120km of racing before Willunga Hill, which surprises most people in Australia who don't watch cycling and go "I only watch cycling for lanky men in lycra climbing up hills." The riders do 3 laps through McLaren Vale, Aldinga and Port Willunga, contesting a sprint point at Snapper Point on the 2nd and 3rd laps (61km and 103km). From there, the riders turn to the Queen of the TDU (who is ruled by King Richie), Willunga Hill. They summit Willunga Hill twice, taking a KoM 150m before the finish and finishing on the top. While a break can attempt a win up here, the winner would come from the GC contenders of the bunch. King Richie would be hoping to retain his title of King here, and maybe establish a new one called "TDU GC Winner" which has seemingly eluded him for many years.
Stage 6: Adelaide > Adelaide (90km)
Route Map Lap Profile Website
Classification: Undulating
You can't get a more stock standard city circuit than this. With two KoMs up Monteflore Hill at 44km and 66km, this will be attacked by any rider who considers themselves a chance to snatch back the polkadot. Similarly, the sprint points at 36km and 54km would be a target for riders needing a couple more points to be in the running for the sprint jersey before the certain bunch sprint at the end. It isn't a walk in the park and it should be an exciting finish to a great week of cycling.

Teams

Orica-Scott: The Australian fan favourite team starts off the 2017 UWT with a pretty serious lineup heading into Adelaide. With a double team of Simon Gerrans and Esteban Chaves, they have two options for GC. Gerrans would do better on the undulating Unley and Norwood stages, whereas Esteban should blitz Willunga Hill on his first ring-around the TDU. For the sprints, they have a pretty strong lead-out for Caleb Ewan in Daryl Impey and new rider Roger Kluge, while the big rouleurs in Luke Durbridge and Damien Howson should keep the pace up if Orica get a roll on. You can never talk them down on their home turf, and Gerro's consistently great performances here highlight that.
Bora-Hansgrohe: Their strategy for this race is Peter Sagan supported by 6 different guys for a multitude of different situations. Sagan could easily target GC here, but if he chooses just to go for the stages, it would be hard to see someone go past him. Sam Bennett would be their dedicated sprinter if Sagan decides for GC, but with Jay McCarthy in your team as well - who can punch on the undulations - you are spoilt for choice for key riders. The other 4 riders: Gregor Muhlberger, Rudiger Selig, Michael Kolar and Lukas Postlberger are just add-on's to this un-necessarily strong train, it's quite insane. Bora, on paper, should take out a lot of the stages, with one dedicated sprinter in Bennett and Sagan/McCarthy able to take hold of the more hilly stages.
BMC: Richie Porte might need to start up a wedding planning business if he comes second again at the TDU, because in Australia he is always the bridesmaid. He will be going into this years race with high hopes of finally being the winner, and BMC have brought some big guns to help him out with that. Australian TT Champion Rohan Dennis and Australian RR Champion Miles Scotson give BMC lots of firepower on the hills, and with these 3, any one of them could launch an attack to go for GC. And just to make sure you have enough hilly specialists on your team, Danilo Wyss, Damiano Caruso and Amael Moinard give BMC plenty of options going up Willunga Hill or Paracombe, and if they want to sneak a cheeky sprint win, Francisco Ventoso is there for that - but he will probably be used as more of a rouleur as BMC have come into the TDU aiming for that elusive Ochre jersey. If all else fails, they can bring TVG, Porte, Roche and GVA next year to really secure it - but I can see them coming second with even that team, it's in their blood.
Sunweb: Sunweb this year have come with quite the mixed bag of riders for the TDU, which is kind of representative of their team in 2017. Wilco Kelderman would spearhead their GC attack, with Johannes Frohlinger and Chris Hamilton being very handy when the going gets tough. Simon Geschke would be handy for the punchy first couple of stages, and would be a handy addition to the sprint train of Nikias Arndt, who would more than likely have Phil Bauhaus and Lennard Hofstede in it as well. While they have both a good GC lineup and a good sprint lineup, they aren't the great quality you need to take out GC or to take out a stage compared to the other teams. They would need a little stroke of luck in Australia to get something good to happen; but after a crap 2016, and Australia being upside down, maybe they can flip their 2016 upside down to go into 2017 on a positive.
Team Sky: Sergio Henao would be hoping for a marginal gainTM on his 3rd place from last year's TDU, bringing along his cousin Sebastian Henao and super-domestique-climber-legend Geraint Thomas to really push on the GC. Thomas and Henao can both contest for GC, so it would be interesting to see who will; maybe wait to see who is best placed on Day 4 going into McLaren Vale. And the Team Sky sprint train is certainly not lacking talent. While Viviani was tentatively confirmed, they instead went for Danny Van Poppel, Luke Rowe, Owain Doull and Ian Stannard for what is an exceptionally strong train. Who will sprint out of it? Doull is a man of the velodrome and can get up to a high click as seen by the Olympics Pursuit where he took gold. But, Van Poppel is the most experienced of the two, performing well last year with a 2nd place on Stage 3 of the Eneco Tour and taking the points jersey at the Vuelta a Burgos. Either way, they have a very strong team for both disciplines, and would do well on whatever they focus on.
Dimension Data: The team who is seemingly becoming the 2nd safe house for Australian WT riders, DD have brought quite the contingent of experienced Australian with newer young blood. Their best chance for GC lies in Lachlan Morton - the pure climber has a chance of pulling a couple of moves up Paracombe or Willunga Hill, or even trying something down in Victor Harbour if it isn't windy (but when isn't it windy in Victor Harbour?). Ben O'Connor would be targeting the polka-dot jersey as another climber, and he would be one of the top picks to win it overall. Mark Renshaw would probably be challenging the sprints again, but with Nathan Haas and Tylar Farrar on your team, you have many outside options for these sprints and could definitely take advantage of the peloton if something catastrophic happens. Reinhardt and Jacques Janse Van Rensburg finalise their roster, but they would probably be rouleurs for the team. DD have an outside chance of something at the TDU, whether that be GC, KoM or Sprints who knows, but to avoid the issues they had at the end of last year with licenses, a good performance here would be great for solidifying licenses in the future.
Lotto Soudal: The ever charismatic Thomas De Gendt is probably the biggest name on the Soudal lineup for the TDU, but that is not to discount Rafael Valls who finished top 10 last year here and cult legend Adam Hansen who has seen his fair share of hills after 16 straight GTs (I like playing a game called: How many times can you mention Hansen's GT streak in a post?). And, the rest of their team really suggests they want to improve last year's GC performances. Lars Bak is always a handy man to have on your team for some protection, and James Shaw would be handy to have on the front with his youthful legs. Sander Armee and Sean De Bie round out what is very much a team contesting the overall and not the stages. Maybe De Gendt can get away in Paracombe, who knows - anything is possible with him.
Cannondale: Cannondale's team for the TDU is confusing, as what they have said about tactics is much different from the team they are running. While in an article their DS said Tom-Jelte Slagter and Michael Woods would be their main focus for the GC, arguably their strongest rider in Adelaide would be Brendan Canty after a great break and performance at the Australian Nats, and he knows his way around Australian racing. For the sprints, they have Tom Van Asbroeck who could probably contest the more uphill sprints (like Paracombe if the bunch stays together) or Patrick Bevin is a great sprinter too. William Clarke and Alex Howes round out their contingent of domestiques. Their squad for the TDU is mediocre at best, and them doing well here would rely on a stroke of luck.
Bahrain-Merida: Bahrain's TDU lineup is more of a sprint focused one compared to other teams. Niccolo Bonifazio and Giovanni Visconti headline what is quite the good duo of sprinteone-day riders, and Yukiya Arashiro is a very handy rouleur to have on your team who can possibly sneak something from nothing. Janez Brajkovic will be very handy for the team in the tougher stages, but he probably doesn't have the legs in him for a top 10. Same goes for Tsgabu Grmay, who would be another outside chance depending on the day. Chun Kai Feng and mountain-biker-turned-road-rider Ondrej Cink act as the team's dedicated bottle carriers. This lineup isn't really anything to marvel at.
AG2R: Jan Bakelants makes the trip down under for AG2R's hopes at GC, and to be fair with them, he is definitely a good outside chance after not miraculous but impressive performances in Europe last season. And, Domenico Pozzovivo is not one to laugh at either, getting 7th at the TDU last year and finishing the Vuelta and Giro in 2016. The rest of their team revolves around getting these two heavyweights into the top 5. Julien Berard, Francois Bidard, Ben Gastauer and Clement Chevrier act as great helpers for the more hilly sections, and, if lady luck is on their side, Matteo Montaguti could punch on and maybe sneak a stage. If their GC fails though, their riders are pretty good at getting over the hills, and could probably challenge for the polka-dot. A GC focused lineup for the TDU most definitely, so high risk high reward for the boys in brown and blue (that just makes their jersey sound worse).
Astana: Astana have brought quite a good mix of riders to the TDU, being able to target both stage wins and GC. While they have also brought one of the older teams down under this year, it doesn't mean they won't lack the legs. Luis Leon Sanchez will probably be the GC favourite for Astana, but 39 year old Paolo Tiralongo in (what you would expect to be) his last year as a professional could do some work there, but he will probably a helper for Sanchez. Oscar Gatto and Matti Breschel both have outside chances of stage wins if they can make it into the breaks, but the two 32 year olds might be lacking the same firepower seen in others. Laurens de Vreese will be a handy rouleur for the team to have who can also punch on in replacement of Breschel and Gatto, while puncheur Michael Valgren could easily punch on and take a stage win. The team is rounded out by Chief Hydration Officer Artyom Zakharov, who will just be a bottle carrier for the week. Astana's older line up could pay off and it will be interesting to see what they change their focus to in the race.
Katusha: The Russian based team have brought some of their new signings to the first race of 2017. Tiago Machado will act as team leader for the team, but they have plenty of punchy firepower in Maurits Lammertink (who will probably have free element), Jhonthan Restrepo and Jose Goncalves. Breakaway man Sven Erik Bystrom will find himself out the front a lot this week and be their main representative in the breaks and target the polkadot/sprint jerseys. Angel Vicioso will provide a good amount of power for the team as well, whether that be in helping them in GC or rolling them along the flats. Lastly, in his first UWT race, Baptiste Planckaert will be hoping to live up to the hype as a sprint chance for Katusha. Their team is very strong for the TDU and it shouldn't be of surprise if they sneak a stage win one one of the hillier stages.
FDJ: For the TDU, Anthony Roux would be the French teams best chance at GC, but their team is nothing to marvel at. It's more of a stage win focused team they've taken, and their most exciting rider for the punchy stages would have to be Odd Christian Eiking - the young Norwegian has a fair chance of taking a stage. Lorrenzo Manzin is their pick for the sprints - the 22 year old Frenchman will be up there, but probably not enough firepower yet to truly compete. Matthieu Ladagnous will provide plentiful experience for this young team, while Arnaud Courteille, Jeremy Maison and Johan Le Bon will make up quite the train for Manzin's sprints. However, in comparison to other teams, FDJ have brought quite a weak lineup, and their chances of being successful in Adelaide are much slimmer than others.
UAE: Here is a very interesting line up, UAE is already on the redemption quest, trying to make people forget the troubled off season they had. The bigs guns of the team are on the TDU (or The Vuelta a San Juan). First Ben Swift, coming from Sky, is here for the sprints, even possibly for the GC depending on his form, and he is the favourite for those along with Ewan and the Bora pair. His train will be composed by the Norwegian machine Vegard Stake Laengen and lead out man Marko Kump who is usually the sprinter of the team in smaller races. As for the GC, three options, one small with the classicman Marco Marcato who is most likely here in order to buildup of the Nieuwblad and the classic season but is still a correct puncheur. The biggest threats are Louis Meintjes and Diego Ulissi who are both contenders for the win as they are punchy-climbers, the most likely is that it's Ulissi for the GC, and that Meintjes is here in order to buid up for the Abu Dhabi Tour, where it will be necessary for the team to win. To complete the team there is Manuele Mori who will most likely help the GC guys.
Movistar: Here is a team totally playing the new WT system, sending 5 potential candidates to the top 10 in José Herrada, Jesús Herrada, Gorka Izagirre, Victor De La Parte and Marc Soler. They will most likely all end up in the top 30, combine that with Carlos Barbero who can do top 3 in the sprints and here you have a team which can bring at least 200 points which is a lot without a big leader. Jasha Sütterlin, who will be building up for the classics, complete the line up (pretty weird that he is listed as the leader of the team).
Lotto-Jumbo: Kinda the same goal as Movistar but with a real leader who is Robert Gesink, some puncheurs who will try to take points in Paul Martens, Bert-Jan Lindeman and Enrico Battaglin. Robert Wagner will try to get good results on the sprints and to complete the team Alexey Vermeulen and Koen Bouwman are the helpers.
Trek: Hard to figure this team, there is a obvious breakaway rider with Laurent Didier but apart from that it's pretty blurry. Edward Theuns and Mads Pedersen could both be the main sprinter, it will most likely depends on how Theuns is coming back from his back injury. Koen De Kort will be the leadout men. Three riders can play the GC but most likely only Jarlinson Pantano will end up being a contender with his pretty good punch and sprint which can be useful in a small group finish. Peter Stetina and Ruben Guerreiro are more climbers than puncheurs, so they will probably support Pantano.
Quick-Step: Again, a team with at least 4 above avarage puncheurs for the GC, with Petr Vakoc, Eros Cappechi, Gianluca Brambilla and Dries Devenyns, they can all do a top 10. Martin Velits will most likely be an helper alongside neopro Enric Mas. Jack Bauer should have a free role and be able to go on breakaways!
UniSA: The Australian wildcard team isn't just an extension of IsoWhey anymore! Cameron Meyer in his last road race would be aiming for the GC after last years 12th placing here. U23 Road Race Champ Sam Jenner is a bit of an unknown entity, but his performance at Nationals shows that he can definitely fulfill a puncheur role while being a decent climber. Nathan Earle is a great addition to the team with great puncheur power; you will definitely see him in a lot of the breaks. Another breakaway rider from UniSA you might see a lot of is Lucas Hamilton, a great climber. Callum Scotson and Michael Storer provide a bit of variety being time trial specialists - so they will be doing some rouleur work (but when does UniSA do that often?). Lastly, WA-born-and-bred Jai Hindley will be targeting the breaks and the points jerseys with his good puncheur power. This UniSA team is great this year and they can either choose to ride for Meyer or go for points, but whichever they choose they will go great guns at.
Startlist can be found here

Previews

How To Watch

Global: The Tour Tracker app will give you live text updates and after stage completion, full video of the last 2 hours of the stage. CyclingNews will also have a tracker on their website.
Australia: Channel 9 will be televising every stage, at different times for each stage and going until stage finish. For stages 1-3, it starts at 12:30pm AEDT (stage 3 is on GEM!), stage 4 at 1pm AEDT, stage 5 at 11:30am AEDT and stage 6 at 1:30pm AEDT on GEM!. If you can't get that, there will be online streaming on the Nine website.
Countries other than Australia
Country Network
UK Bike Channel
France L'Equipe / France TV
Italy Bike Channel / Rai Sport
Belgium Telenet
Denmark TV2 DK
Norway TV2
Spain RTVE
Czech Republic Digi Sport
Slovakia Digi Sport
USA Universal HD / NBC Gold
Canada Rogers Sportsnet
Pan S. America DirecTV
Colombia Senal
Pan Africa SuperSport
Japan J-Sports
China LeTV
Singapore StarHub
Pan Asia Eurosport Asia
New Zealand Sky Sport NZ
If all else fails, Tiz-Cycling, ProCyclingLive and Steephill will provide you with a number of free online streams.
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2016.12.08 00:16 KiwiKibbles Allowing Higher Earners to Contract Out of Personal Grievance Provisions, Public Finance (Sustainable Development Indicators, Games of National Significance on Free to Air TV, Stopping window washing at intersections and Country of Origin of Food drawn from ballot + Members Day Update

How the Day Unfolded
Delegation Welcomed
Mr Samuel Duluk (Liberal-Davenport) from the Parliament of South Australia and other delegates from the Australian Political Exchange were welcomed by Members present.
Bill Introduced
Dr Nick Smith (National-Nelson) introduced the Point England Development Enabling Bill. The purpose of the Bill is to enable housing development on 11.69 hectares of land on the Point England Recreation Reserve in Tāmaki in east Auckland.
Permission Denied
Ron Mark (New Zealand First – List) sought leave of the house to move a motion without notice or debate to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. According to a press release from New Zealand First the Greens objected.
Questions for Oral Answer
Urgent Debate Denied
The Speaker denied a request by Chris Hipkins (Labour – Rimutaka) to hold an urgent debate over the latest PISA education scores.
I have received a letter from Chris Hipkins seeking to debate under Standing Order 389 the release of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2015 results on the performance of school students in reading, maths, and science. The release of the results is a particular case of recent occurrence. As an OECD study, there is no ministerial responsibility for the data release, but the data deals with matters involving ministerial responsibility.
Educational achievement is of fundamental importance and is a matter about which the public needs confidence. An urgent debate on the report on the 2012 PISA data was held in 2013. In that instance the declines in the performance across reading, maths, and science were larger. I note that the 2015 results reflect relatively small declines in performance when compared with the 2012 data. Given the small movement in the results and the holding of a general debate today, I do not consider the matter important enough to warrant the immediate attention of the House by way of urgent debate. The application is therefore declined.
The General Debate Was Held
The general debate is held every week on Wednesday after Question Time. The formal procedure for the debate is that a member move a motion that the house take note of miscellaneous business. Members have 5 minutes to speak to whatever issue they wish. At the end of the hour the motion lapses and no question is put or vote taken.
The speakers were:
Call Member Party Seat Topic
1. Chris Finlayson National List Fighting with Winston Peters and John Key Resignation
2. James Shaw Greens List Leadership and John Key’s Legacy
3. Paul Goldsmith National List John Key’s Legacy
4. Grant Robertson Labour Wellington Central The Three Candidates for National Leader
5. Ian McKelvie National Rangitikei Achievements of the government in Rangitikei
6. Fletcher Tabuteau New Zealand First List Leadership Contest and John Key’s Legacy
7. Sarah Dowie National Invercargill Southland Regional Development
8. Chris Hipkins Labour Rimutaka Leadership Contest
9. Todd Barclay National Clutha-Southland Southland Regional Development
10. Dr Megan Woods Labour Wigram National Party Leadership Contest
11. Todd Muller National Bay of Plenty Leadership and John Key’s Legacy
12. Jan Logie Green List The Domestic Violence Victims Protection Bill which was drawn from the ballot last week
Transcript can be found here
Member’s Bills
  • The Private International Law (Choice of Law in Tort) Bill passed first reading 108 – 12 (New Zealand First opposed).
    This bill is in the name of National Hamilton East MP David Bennett. This bill clarifies which jurisdiction’s law is applicable in actions of tort and provides guidance to the courts on matters of characterisation. This bill also abolishes certain common law rules dealing with actionability and sets out the general rule that the applicable law will be the law of the jurisdiction in which the events constituting the tort in question occur.
    New Zealand First gives the following reasons for their objection from Denis O’Rourke’s contribution:
    New Zealand First will not be supporting this bill, even though we accept that the current law is far from perfect. We are not doing so, because we do not really think that there is any particular need to abolish the current law as it applies and as it is proposed to be abolished in this bill. We are not satisfied that change to the existing common law rules around the conflict of laws and the application of the law of torts of one jurisdiction or another is actually necessary and we would have to be persuaded that that would be the case.
    The third reason that I want to give for not supporting this—apart from the fact that it is not needed, apart from the fact that there is no requirement for this; there is no pressure for this—is that we are concerned about clause 8(1), which displaces the general rule. Mr Parker has already pointed to the fact that it introduces a new test, and I quote from the latter part of clause 8(1) where it refers to when the circumstances in which " it is substantially more appropriate for the applicable law … to be the law of the other jurisdiction …", and so on, apply. The concern we have about that is that we are not sure in what circumstances it would be substantially more appropriate or not. That is a discretion that the court would have to exercise. I do not know how it would exercise that discretion. I would like to hear discussion about that and how that test would work in practice. So I think that is too general. That is not specific enough and does not actually achieve a sufficiently robust new regime to justify the abolition of the current law, which has been developed over such a long period of time.
  • The Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill in the name of New Zealand First leader Winston Peters (New Zealand First – Northland) failed at first reading 57 – 63.
    This bill would have required a comprehensive register of all foreign-owned New Zealand land is compiled and made available to the general public.
  • The Environment Canterbury (Democracy Restoration) Amendment Bill failed at first reading 57 – 63.
    Dr Megan Woods (Labour-Wigram) proposed to require the commissioners of Environment Canterbury to immediately call a special general election, to be held within 3 months of the bill becoming law.
  • The Films, Videos, and Publications Classification (Interim Restriction Order Classification) Amendment Bill successfully passed first reading unanimously and was referred to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee.
    This bill is in the name of Chris Bishop [National – List] and would amend the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 to provide the President of the Film and Literature Board of Review, and the High Court, with flexibility when making interim restriction orders to classify the order as applying to a particular age or class of persons, or for a particular purpose.
  • Nanaia Mahuta’s (Labour - Hauraki-Waikato) Charter Schools (Application of Official Information and Ombudsmen Acts) Bill failed 57 – 63 at first reading.
    This bill intended to bring charter schools under the provisions of the Official Information Act 1982 and the Ombudsmen Act 1975.
Debate Interrupted
  • Debate on the first reading of Alastair Scott’s (National – Wairarapa) Crimes (Increased Penalty for Providing Explosive to Commit Crime) Amendment Bill was interrupted while Mr Scott was speaking and with ten speeches remaining.
    The purpose of this bill is to amend the Crimes Act 1961 to increase the penalty for providing explosives to commit an offence from a maximum of 2 years to a maximum of 5 years imprisonment.
Biscuit Tin of Democracy
So as a result of all the first readings yesterday there was space on the order paper for five bills to be pulled from the tin. This is the largest ballot draw to have taken place in the last four years. 75 bills were entered. The winners were:
Psephology Spotlight
Elections Concluded
  • Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, saw his proposed constitutional amendments fail 40.89% to 59.11%. Mr Renzi put his career on the line with the proposed amendments and because of the referendum failure tendered his resignation to the Italian president and became one of the other Prime Ministers to announce their resignation on Monday.
    The proposal would have resulted in the largest constitutional change since Italy ditched the monarchy. It proposed to change legislative processes, chamber composition and powers, the procedure for election of the president, the rules around citizen initiated referenda and petitions and how judges are selected for the Constitutional Court.
    Opponents of Mr Renzi quickly seized on the referendum to make it into a vote about his government and by mid October the no side were consistently leading in opinion polls. The President of Italy has delayed Mr Renzi’s resignation until after important budget votes are passed and Mr Renzi has indicated he intends to stay as leader of his political party. The next general election must be held by May 2018.
  • In what was dubbed Austria’s Brexit moment the second round of the presidential election was finally held on December 4. Alexander Van der Bellen an independent with Green Party membership defeated Norbert Hofer by a margin of 300,000 votes. Results gave Van der Bellen 53.8% of the vote, with a turnout of 74.2% and the result triggered a sigh of relief for Pro Europe politicians who were anticipating the election of yet another Eurosceptic.
    The election race was dominated by immigration and European policies and although Mr Hofer lost the second round by a considerable margin, the Freedom Party of Austria may yet have the last laugh with the party currently leading in opinion polling for the next Parliamentary elections that are due by October 2018.
  • The final vote held on December 4 was the Presidential Election in Uzbekistan.
    The vote, which was labelled a sham by economist magazine, saw incumbent President Shavkat Mirziyoyev returned to office with 88.61% of the vote. As the economist reports, elections held in Uzbekistan are extremely different compared to those held in New Zealand:
    Uzbekistan has no free press, and the government’s propaganda machine cranks out the message that the only alternative to autocratic rule is political chaos or Islamic radicalism. Many voters accept this notion. “Opposition’s bad,” mutters Shodir, a middle-aged man from Samarkand, who dismisses the regime’s foes as “maniacs”. The government agrees: it has locked up thousands of prisoners on flimsy or spurious charges. Last month the authorities freed Samandar Kukanov, a dissident who had spent 23 years behind bars—but it was his detention, rather than his release, that is typical.
    With so little at stake, the election had the air of a fair. Polling stations blared out Uzbek pop music and flew balloons in the blue, green and white of Uzbekistan’s flag. “Everyone to the polls!” proclaimed psychedelic billboards strung over Tashkent’s broad boulevards—but not everyone heeded the call. “They’ll vote him in without us,” grumbled one elderly man. The vote was marred by irregularities including the stuffing of ballot boxes and suspect proxy voting, according to election monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. They stressed the absence of “a genuine choice”.
    As for what will now happen to the country -
    Mr Mirziyoyev has made noises about reforming Uzbekistan’s basket-case economy. He may try to loosen currency controls, thus undermining the black market in which the well-connected few make huge profits. But the rampant corruption, rent-seeking and asset-grabbing for which Uzbekistan is known are unlikely to disappear. Nor are the shortages of jobs (some 2m Uzbeks have moved to Russia to find work), electricity, gas and petrol that blight the lives of ordinary people. It is not even clear how much power the new president has: the real clout may rest with the shadowy security chief, Rustam Inoyatov.
    The next presidential election will be held in 7 years or if, like his predecessor, he dies in office before then.
Upcoming Elections
  • On 11 December Kyrgyzstan will vote on constitutional amendments which would increase the powers of the unicameral assembly known as the Supreme Council and the Prime Minister.
    The Venice Commission, a body of constitutional experts hosted within the Council of Europe, responded to a request from a member of the Kyrgyz parliament this summer to review the proposed changes with the determination that they would “negatively impact the balance of powers.”
    The commission noted that while the changes were described as needed to “clarify” the constitution, “the majority of the proposed amendments to the Constitution would appear to raise concerns with regard to key democratic principles, in particular, the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary.”
    Kyrgyzstan is a rarity amongst the Central Asian Nations in that it is a multi party democracy elected via party list proportional representation. Another interesting note from Kyrgzstan is that it emerged during the debate on the amendments in October that the original copy of the current constitution had been lost with the Office of the President and Justice Ministry claiming the other department was responsible for holding the master copy.
  • The snap election that was twice delayed will be held in Macedonia on December 11. Of the 123 seats in the Assembly of the Republic, 120 are elected from six 20-seat constituencies in Macedonia using closed list proportional representation, with seats allocated using the d'Hondt method. The remaining three seats are single-member constituencies elected by first-past-the-post representing Macedonians living abroad, with one for Europe and Africa, one for the Americas and one for Asia and Australia. The early elections are an attempt to end a seething political crisis in Macedonia, a country where top officials have been accused of widespread corruption and wiretapping among other crimes.
    The crisis deepened in the Balkan state in February 2015, when Zoran Zaev, the leader of the main opposition Social Democrats, released tapes revealing scandals involving officials. The move sparked street protests by both supporters of the ruling party and the opposition. The European Union, which Macedonia seeks to join, also pressured the government to hold snap elections before the regular poll time in 2018.
    Macedonia’s four major parties have all confirmed they would take part in the December elections. The government was originally to hold the elections in April but postponed the polls until June before rescheduling it again after the opposition claimed that the situation was not ripe for holding a free and fair vote.
    Many believe the political turmoil in Macedonia is the result of rivalry between the West and Russia over gaining influence in FYROM, or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • The small British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands will go to the polls in a general election on December 15.
    The election is expected to be a straight contest between incumbent Premier Rufus Ewing’s Progressive National Party (PNP), the main opposition People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) and a new party, the Progressive Democratic Association (PDA), led by former PDM leader Oswald Skippings.
    So far the PNP and PDM have announced their list of 15 candidates, including five who will be running “at large” and will vie for votes from all 10 election districts.
    Several independent candidates have also announced plans to contest the poll including former premier Michael Misick who was not endorsed by the PNP, which he once led.
    In the last general election in November 2012, the PNP was elected on the heels of an interim government in which the territory was governed by the United Kingdom for three years – the PNP then won eight of the 15 seats in parliament and the PDM won the remaining seven.
What happens at Parliament after Prime Minister John Key’s Resignation?
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What will happen at Parliament?
Parliament will continue to operate normally. The House will sit as planned this week.
Changes to the leadership of the National Party and to the responsibilities of Ministers (including the Prime Minister) will be formally notified to the Speaker and the House once they have been made.
Until that happens, the status quo remains for arrangements in the House. This includes oral questions, where members sit, and which member of the Government is in charge of each Government bill.
The Prime Minister has indicated that he intends to remain as a member of Parliament until next year, so party numbers in the House will not change until then.
How will the new Prime Minister be chosen?
Under New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements, the Governor-General appoints the Prime Minister as the leader of the Government. She must be satisfied that the Government has the support of the House of Representatives. This means that she must be assured that a majority of MPs elected by the people of New Zealand will support the Government on "confidence votes". These are the most important votes in the House.
It is not necessary for a confidence vote to be held in the House for the Governor General to conclude that the Government has the support of the House. Confidence votes happen regularly throughout the year, for example votes related to the Budget. In between these votes, the Government is understood to have the support of the House.
Under our constitutional conventions, the resignation of a Prime Minister in between elections does not change the Government. Because the National Party leads the current Government, the leader of the National Party is the Prime Minister.
Because of the Rt Hon John Key’s resignation, the National Party MPs will need to choose a new leader for their party. The Rt Hon John Key has said this will happen on 12 December at a meeting of all National Party MPs.
After this, the Rt Hon John Key will visit the Governor-General to formally resign. It is expected that during this visit he will tell the Governor-General who has been chosen as the new leader of the National Party, and the Governor-General will appoint that person as the Prime Minister.
Rt Hon John Key is the 38th person to be Prime Minister of New Zealand, so the new Prime Minister will be the 39th.
What will change in the House after the new Prime Minister is appointed?
The new Prime Minister will take over all of the House responsibilities that come with the position, such as answering oral questions addressed to the Prime Minister. He or she will also deliver the annual Prime Minister’s statement at the start of next year, setting out the Government’s priorities for 2017. The House will continue to operate normally.
The Rt Hon John Key has said that after he steps down as Prime Minister, he will continue to be an MP, at least until next year. This means he can still be in the Chamber and take part in debates when the House is sitting.
Will there be a by-election?
The Rt Hon John Key has said he will continue to be the electorate MP for Helensville. He has said that he plans to step down as an MP before the 2017 general election, but at a time close to the general election. This would mean the House could decide that a by-election not be held.
Previous Facts of the Day:
Speaker's flat, Urgency, Jernigham Wakefield, Sidney Holland and the Suicide Squad, 1951 the last majority election, The Business Committee, New Zealand's First Parliament in Auckland, 1947 Greymouth beer boycott, So goes Hamilton so goes the nation, Australia and Compulsory Voting, Housing the Prime Minister, Mabel Howard – New Zealand’s First Female Cabinet Minsiter, Early Elections in New Zealand, New Zealand’s First State House, New Zealand's Day with LBJ, The Great Strike of 1913
Standing Order of the Day – SO 354 Prime Minister’s Statement
(1) At 2 pm on the first sitting day of each year, the Prime Minister must present in the House a statement reviewing public affairs and outlining the Government’s legislative and other policy intentions for the next 12 months (the Prime Minister’s statement).
(2) The Prime Minister’s statement must be provided to each party leader no later than 10 am on the day the statement is to be presented.
(3) The Prime Minister’s statement is published under the authority of the House.
(4) Despite paragraph (1), no Prime Minister’s statement is presented—
(a) when the first sitting day of the year is the first day of the meeting of a new Parliament, or (b) when the first sitting day of the year is the first day of a session of Parliament, or (c) if the motion for an Address in Reply was moved within a period of three months before the first sitting day of the year.
355 - Debate on Prime Minister’s statement
(1) Immediately after presenting the Prime Minister’s statement, the Prime Minister moves a motion relating to the statement.
(2) The debate on the Prime Minister’s statement is taken ahead of all other Government orders of the day.
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2016.10.08 00:13 autotldr "The Story of Edgewood Technology Services or... How I Lost $100 Million Discovering Who Makes Money Making Sure the Solari (Popsicle) Index Does Not Go Up" by Catherine Austin Fitts

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Communities and the people in them went from thriving to destitute because the flow of information, goods and services was suddenly rerouted around them.
This fact was ever present in the first term of the Clinton Administration as new technology inspired legislation that redirected the flow of information and hence the resulting flow of capital goods and services to 63,000 American communities.
When I got back to Washington, I started to talk with HUD about integrating on-line learning technology into HUD supported housing.
Electronic community development" was perceived as something that would marginalize the expertise of a generation of community development personnel.
A great believer in the Nike method of "Just do it" I would start by prototyping a computer learning center and data servicing company in a residential housing project in Washington, DC. If I was right, that high quality data servicing work could be produced on a reliable basis in lower income black residential communities, then this would prove the idea for all communities and groups with business leaders and policy makers.
In 1995, I authorized a $500,000 investment by Hamilton to start a computer learning center and data servicing company in Edgewood Terrace, an assisted housing project in Washington, D.C. After a ten week training course in Microsoft Office Suite, the Edgewood Connection Computer Learning Center graduated its first class of ten.
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