Just this morning I was given a preview of our Guru’s latest fashion statement for the coming political season. Out with the floral shirts the Guru so loved. Out with the clashing psychedelic colour palette. They gave the impression of the Guru being on a perpetual holiday and being indecisive. It was time to get serious and show the seriousness of the position of Kapiti’s leading citizen. Voila!
There is so much to admire in this latest ensemble. First, the subtlety of the jacket’s gentle sky blue colour — it reflects the Kapiti skyscape to perfection. Then the verdant green of the sash — so representative of the rich pastures of Otaki. Then the discreet use of gold braid and golden epaulets — a reminder of Kapiti’s wonderful sunshine. Then the reflective brilliance of the medals, and medallions — a genius of design — reflecting the sparking waters of the Tasman Sea on a glorious Kapiti day. (Other fashionistas may look down their snobby noses and say “mere baubles of office”. That is a cruel and unjust judgement on what is in fact the epitome of haute couture for a leading citizen).
After carrying out my extensive evaluation I have come to the conclusion this is an ensemble worthy of the highest praise. With sublimely surreptitious subtlety the ensemble encapsulates the projection of authentic authority of a master of the democratic processes.
My only criticism — the tie. Boring plain Labour Party red. What about inclusiveness? What about a tie of Maori design, representing our first settlers? Perhaps that could be included in next year’s display on the catwalk. Or a tutu?
Off to have a glass of champers; and you guys (in the non-gender specific use of that word) have one too, while adoring haute couture Kapiti style.
all my love, Louisa Carroll
While the Mainstream Media wallows in more self-congratulatory rejoicing at getting a regime they wanted, the reality is that a Biden presidency in the U.S. is no cause for joy — for those who hate war, at least.
by Caitlin Johnstone
Did you know the U.S. Department of Defense used to be called the Department of War? It would be a much more honest label today for a military which virtually never operates in any way that could be described as defensive, with its operations focusing far outside of the nation’s borders against targets who pose no threat whatsoever to ordinary Americans. An even more suitable name would be the Department of Eternal War.
The State Department was meant to be the counterpart to the War Department, focusing on diplomacy and peace. What ended up happening as the US government morphed into a globe-spanning empire dependent on endless violence and aggression is that the State Department wound up focusing more and more on manufacturing interventionist narratives on the world stage to gin up international support for starvation sanctions, proxy wars and war coalitions.
So in practice the U.S. ended up with two war departments: the DoD and the State Department. Which is why you’ve seen the nation’s Secretaries of State becoming more and more jingoistic and psychopathic, to the point where some sort of antisocial personality disorder is almost a job requirement for the position.
Bloomberg and The New York Times are reporting that the incoming presidential administration has chosen longtime Biden advisor Tony Blinken for the role of Secretary of State. Blinken is a liberal interventionist who has supported all of the most disgusting acts of U.S. mass military slaughter this millennium, including the Iraq invasion which killed over a million people and ushered in an unprecedented era of military expansionism in the Middle East.
“Blinken was a key adviser to Biden when the senator voted to authorize the use of force against Iraq,” Nonzero reports. “Blinken has tried to recast the vote as merely ‘a vote for tough diplomacy,’ but post-invasion remarks by Biden make that claim implausible. In a recent Washington Post op-ed that Blinken co-authored with Robert Kagan, one of the chief architects of neoconservative foreign policy doctrine, he implied that the problem with the Iraq War was poor execution (‘bad intelligence, misguided strategy and inadequate planning for the day after’) rather than the very idea of invading a country in violation of international law even after it had admitted weapons inspectors to assess the claims motivating the invasion.”
How true can Biden’s claim be that he regrets his pivotal role in facilitating that unforgivable act of mass military butchery if he’s continued employing the man who advised him about it ever since, and is now appointing him to Secretary of State? If someone advises you to do something that you truly regret, do you continue seeking out that person’s advice on the same subject and give them even more power and control over it?
Originally posted on Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch: “Landcare Research maintains a national database of vertebrate pesticide residue test results, from samples of plants, soil and animal tissue and corresponding background information submitted to its Toxicology Laboratory at Lincoln.” Lawyer Sue Grey and Regional Councillor Kathy White have obtained information via an OIA request from Landcare…OIA requests from Landcare Research indicate the alarming extent to which 1080 is in our food chain — Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch
Work on native afforestation, fencing and pest, animal and weed control will begin in 2021 and the KCDC has been invited to put forward proposals for work on council-owned land.
The Waikanae River drains a total catchment area of 125 sq km before reaching the Tasman Sea.
The river is a popular recreational spot for walking, cycling, fishing as well as swimming in summer. It is also the main drinking water supply for Waikanae and Paraparaumu/Raumati.
Greater Wellington Regional Council monitors the environmental health of the river at four locations within the catchment, and recreational quality at two of these locations.
A bid for funding was made by the local Department of Conservation office with support from the KCDC, GWRC and Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai.
Half of the expected 92 jobs are earmarked for iwi. [This aspect is cause for concern. —Eds]
KCDC Biodiversity Manager Rob Cross says the success of the bid was founded on the Waikanae ki Uta ki Tai (from the hinterland to the shore) program initiated last year.
“Across the district a number of agencies including Council, volunteer groups and individuals are working to enhance our natural environment. In some cases, projects have been active for many years,” Rob says.
“This investment will take the tremendous efforts of volunteers and workers to another level in what is an important natural asset.
“The Waikanae River catchment is a nationally important taonga and the potential for its ongoing improvement is significant.
“We can expect to see improved water quality, a thriving natural landscape and greater biodiversity as a result of this work.”
Clown News Network: Laughter Erupts When Reporter Says She’s With CNN. Infowars.com November 19, 2020, 1:42 pm. Globalist news outlet has become the laughing stock of American media. When taking questions following a Thursday press conference, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was asked, “Sir, is it your goal here to pressure officials […]CNN – designated “Clown News Network” — © blogfactory
Read the report for yourself here
The report to councilors was contained in the Agenda of the Strategy & Operations Committee last Thursday — page 31 of this pdf.
Most readers will remember the enormous fuss made about it by the present Mayor in June 2015 when the policy was passed by the then council during the Ross Church mayoralty.
The KCDC policy states:
Any retail outlets that wish to sell approved products in the Kāpiti
Coast District must be:
* Located within a defined area on Kāpiti Road;
* Located on the ground floor and facing Kāpiti Road;
* Not within 100 metres of a sensitive site (e.g. kindergartens, early childhood centres, schools, places of worship, or other community facilities) existing at the time the licence application was made (measured from legal boundaries); and
* Not within 100 metres of another retail premise from which approved products may be sold (measured from legal boundaries).
In 2016 the present Mayor made the policy a feature of his electioneering; in this article on the NZ Herald website, he stated that one of his first tasks, if elected Mayor, would be to “review and revoke the shameful and undemocratic June 2015 decision to designate a 50-metre stretch along Kapiti Road West for the sale of psychoactive drugs, also called legal highs”, and he castigated other councilors for “facilitating legalised drug dealing dens.”
Well, after he was elected, the outrage quickly died down and on Thursday he wasn’t even present to vote against this motion.
Photographer Leslie Adkin obviously stopped his car because of the northbound steam passenger train visible in the mid distance, albeit not very clearly in this view. This is about where Lindale is today.
In the channel of Waikanae Beach at 45 meters deep, a NIWA sediment/tide machine which Kapiti Island Eco helped launch yesterday. (Kapiti Island Eco pics)