75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz

Auschwitz box car

On 27 January 1945 the Soviet Red Army liberated the sites of Auschwitz, about 70 km south-west of Krakow, the largest of the several purpose-built extermination camps established by Nazi Germany during World War II in Poland to dispose of those that the Nazi leaders considered racially unsuitable for their Reich, primarily Jews.  Unlike the other camps, Auschwitz was left substantially intact, the Nazis only blew up the gas chambers and crematoria before they retreated.  Precise records of the number who perished there aren’t available, but it was in the one to one-and-a-half million range.

In 2005 your editors visited the two main sites — Ausschwitz 1 — the Stammlager, built as a standard concentration camp for political prisoners in 1940, and Auschwitz 2, Birkenau — the mass extermination complex, about 2 km away.  There was also a slave labour camp, Auschwitz 3, Monowitz and many sub-camps.

It is a somber and depressing experience, a stark reminder to where racism can ultimately lead if unchallenged.

As has been said on here before, while people’s attitudes, beliefs and behaviour can be legitimately challenged, they should not be attacked, denigrated and vilified for the things they are not responsible for — ethnic origin, national origin, skin colour/physical features.

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On the Lions Garden Trail 2020 — 1. McGregor garden, Kapanui Road

McGregor 1 web

McGregor 2 web

McGregor 3 web

McGregor garten web

The weekend’s garden trail took place in warm and dry, but mostly cloudy conditions.  Your editors visited all 12 and as always were impressed with the dedication and skill revealed.   Rather than post a summary of all in one go, we’ll spread them over a couple of weeks, starting with the one closest to us.


More Studies Show Fluoride Affects Brain and Disrupts Sleep, by Joseph Mercola

We’ve been assured for decades by water supply fluoridation proponents that fluoride is harmless. Turns out that’s wrong. From Dr. Joseph Mercola at lewrockwell.com: While water fluoridation was never adopted or has been eliminated in many areas around the world, including most of western Europe,1 many U.S. water systems2 still add fluoride chemicals such as fluorosilicic acid3 (also […]

via More Studies Show Fluoride Affects Brain and Disrupts Sleep, by Joseph Mercola — STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC


the Red Cross reveals it will take YEARS for the $95 million donated to ravaged communities to reach those in need — time to examine this organisation closely

And there is this article on the BFD today about the Red Cross’s revelation that, “The director of the Red Cross has revealed that almost $11 million of the money donated to the bushfire relief fund will go towards ‘administration costs’.”  It seems like lining their own pockets comes before anything else.  —Eds

We’ve seen this before. The joke that Red Cross now is. Dodgy goings on in other disasters where the aid never gets to the affected. I’ve been told it’s now owned by the Rockefellers. RELATED: Red Cross apologise for losing $5m of Ebola funds to fraud From dailymail.co.uk The Red Cross announced a third of […]

via Red Cross reveals it will take YEARS for the $95million donated to ravaged communities to reach those in need — Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

tennis: plenty of excitement in Melbourne

If it had been the usual tie break, [first to 7 with a two point advantage] I would have lost. –Third seed Roger Federer, after his narrow victory in the third round. 

The best on show

by Roger Childs

Australian Open 2020 2The first grand slam in Melbourne is always a chance to see if the highly experienced stars are still up to it, and whether the younger brigade can get through to the finals. There have already been lead-up tournaments in Australia and here in Auckland, and this year for the first time, a men’s national tournament. [See the article on 14 January] 

However, it is the four grand slams of the year that are the measure of tennis greatness, and over the last three years the men’s titles they have been won by the three legends – Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Among the women there have been an incredible eleven grand slam champions since 2016. In that group, American Serena Williams, has been desperately seeking her 24th major to equal the record held by Australian great, Margaret Court.

Seeds tumbling out

As usual there has been some early carnage for the seeds, and the third round saw two men in the top ten knocked out and four women. The second and third ladies seeds Karolina Pliskova and Naomi Osaka, were beaten in straight sets, with the promising American 15 year old, Coco Gauff, easily accounting for the Japanese two time grand slam winner.

Serena Williams won the Auckland tournament earlier in the month and was seeded eighth in Melbourne. She was up against 27th ranked China’s Wang Qiang in the third round and struggled from the start. Wang took the first set 6-4, but Williams fought back to take the second set 7-5. However, the 38 year old tired in the final set and Wang won it 7-5. 

Australain Open 2020 SerenaThe coveted 24th grand slam may elude the American great, as there are so many younger, fitter and lighter women players on the circuit these days. Serena can usually win if her fast serve is on target and her powerful ground strokes are well placed. But she struggles if a match goes to three sets and opponents know she is beatable. Her next grand slam opportunity will now be in Paris, in May.

The winner of last November’s ATP Final, which pits the top eight men against each other, was seeded six in the Australian Open. However, Stephanos Tsitsipas came up against the former top ten Canadian Milos Raonic in the third round, and was beaten in straight sets – 7-5, 6-4, 7-6. In the same round number 10 seed, Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut faced former grand slam winner, Marin Cilic, who is on the comeback trail after a poor season on 2019.  The match went to five sets, with big serving Croatian winning through to the fourth round.

Federer survives, just

Australian Open- FedererRoger Federer seeded 3 is seeking his 21st grand slam, but very nearly didn’t make it past round three either. Australian John Millman beat him in the 2018 US Open, but was not expected to trouble the Swiss maestro in Melbourne. However, the Aussie won sets one and four, Federer two and three. The final set was level at 6-6 with what is called the super tie break – first to 10 and two points clear – to decide the match.  Millman should have won as he held a 8-4 lead in the breaker, however the Swiss champion showed all his skill and experience to take the next 6 points and qualify for the fourth round.

Federer played very inconsistently and most of Millman’s points came from his opponents unforced errors. There were flashes of brilliance from the Swiss and his big serve was a key factor in keeping him in the match. However, he will need to be more focused if he is to win in later rounds as the competition gets tougher.

Plenty of top tennis to come

Australian Open 2020 MelbourneThe fourth round beckons and there is plenty of quality tennis in prospect. Local Ashleigh Barty is playing well and Ukrainian, Eline Svitolina, Angelique Kerber from Germany and Romanian Simona Halep are still there too, so it is very hard to pick a winner. Teenager Coco Guff is a wild card who could surprise.

Among the men the usual suspects are featuring: Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, DominicThiem, and Cilic. 

There will be plenty of quality matches in the coming week!

what progress, if any, is the Government making on ensuring New Zealanders have safe drinking water?

wasserstoffThis was an oral question asked in Parliament last year by Angie Warren-Clark (Labour MP) to the Minister of Health as per the parliament.nz website:

Hon. Dr DAVID CLARK (Minister of Health): All New Zealanders have the right to expect their tap water to be safe to drink. We know from the experience in Havelock North in 2016, where 5,000 people got sick, that, unfortunately, this has not always been the case. Yesterday, the local government Minister and I were pleased to announce approval for a dedicated water regulator to ensure we can have confidence in the safety of our drinking water. This was one of the key recommendations of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry Stage 2 report.

Angie Warren-Clark: How will a dedicated water regulator prevent outbreaks of water-borne disease, like the Havelock North outbreak, from happening again?

Hon. Dr DAVID CLARK: For too long, drinking-water quality and safety has been covered by a number of pieces of legislation, and responsibilities have been split between a number of agencies. As a result, oversight has been fractured and ineffective. The new regulator will ensure coherent oversight of the entire drinking-water supply system. They will also ensure compliance with standards through monitoring and enforcement. Furthermore, they will provide leadership to the sector; help build capability; provide information, advice, and education; and report on the performance of the sector.

Angie Warren-Clark: What powers will the new water regulator have?

Hon. Dr DAVID CLARK: The new water regulator will have the final say on drinking water. Its powers will be set out in the new water services bill the Government intends introducing this year. This legislation will clearly set out all of the obligations to suppliers to provide safe drinking water to their communities. It’ll strengthen the compliance, monitoring, and enforcement of drinking-water regulations. This is a critical milestone for drinking-water safety in this country.

The Drinking-water Standards for New Zealand of 2005 (Revised in 2018) can be read on the Ministry of Health website here

why does the ‘Climate Change from Unnatural Causes’ brigade ignore the world’s worst polluters?

An article on Summit News:-

Historian Niall Ferguson has slammed Greta Thunberg’s climate change hypocrisy at Davos, asking why “I don’t see her in Beijing or Delhi.”

Teenage environmentalist Thunberg gave another hysterical speech at the global confab yesterday in which she claimed, “Our house is still on fire. Your inaction is fueling the flames by the hour. We are still telling you to panic, and to act as if you loved your children above all else.”

“We don’t want these things done in 2050, 2030, or even 2021,” Thunberg said. “We want this done now.”

Ferguson, Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, questioned why Thunberg isn’t directing her message to the biggest polluters on the planet.

The short answer is that the Globalists are fixated with developed (relatively affluent) countries and don’t care about Third World countries which can do what they like as far as they are concerned.  Contemporaneously, the Mainstream Media has become obsessed with attacking Donald Trump, and the two work in well together.

“60% of CO2 emissions since Greta Thunberg was born is attributable to China… but nobody talks about that. They talk as if it’s somehow Europeans and Americans who are going to fix this problem… which is frustrating because it doesn’t get to the heart of the matter,” said Ferguson.

“If you’re serious about slowing CO2 emissions and temperatures rising it has to be China and India you constrain,” he added, noting that while Greta travels to New York and Davos, “I don’t see her in Beijing or Delhi.”

Ferguson is right. Take the UK for example.

“Britain’s CO2 emissions peaked in 1973 and are now at their lowest level since Victorian times,” reports the Spectator. “Air pollution has plummeted since then, with sulphur dioxide levels down 95 per cent. Britain’s population is rising but our energy consumption peaked in 2001 and has since fallen by 19 per cent.”

This global pollution map published by the WHO perfectly illustrates Ferguson’s point.pollutors

This separate list on Wikipedia gives the 500 cities of the World with the most atmospheric pollution.

Notably, there are no U.S., Canadian, Australian, NZ, British, German, French, Spanish, Japanese or Russian cities on the list.   There are 7 Italian cities and 17 Polish cities listed.

But what about Chinese, Indian and Iranian cities?  The totals are 283, 32 and 44 respectively — will Stuff(ed), Radio NZ, Newshub and TVNZ ever mention that?

You know they won’t.

Petitioner’s Request for Royal Pardon for Julian Assange from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Julian Assange is a hero in the cause of Open Government, a journalist who dared to expose the machinations of senior politicians and bureaucrats.


On behalf of all 251,000 signatories a formal request for a Royal Pardon for Julian Assange from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been administered. The formal name for such an application is a “Royal Prerogative Power of Mercy”. I have pasted the script of the application below and uploaded a snip of only page one of the document [above]

Full article and details on the Change.org website