In this country, we take care of each other. And in this season of giving, it’s inspiring to see so many people all across America taking the time to help those most in need.”
That’s part of what makes us such a compassionate nation. And this year, I know many of you are extending that kindness to the families who are still picking up the pieces [of a devasting year].
Source: ITN news
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.12.12~
Creating as a fun discipline is when you see in a series of ideas that… “their spirit shines through”. Each idea is imbued with a certain degree of spirit. A concept is a seed of greatness. This spirit causes good ideas to shine.
The principle of ideas shining through is also seen in the faces of newborns and children as they learn new ideas daily. Why good teachers are special people to us all.
I am thinking of Breezy Point residents and how in shock they must all be… what wasn’t flooded, burned in the superstorm aftermath.
כִּֽי־תַעֲבֹ֤ר בַּמַּ֙יִם֙ אִתְּךָ־אָ֔נִי וּבַנְּהָרֹ֖ות לֹ֣א יִשְׁטְפ֑וּךָ כִּֽי־תֵלֵ֤ךְ בְּמֹו־אֵשׁ֙ לֹ֣א תִכָּוֶ֔ה וְלֶהָבָ֖ה לֹ֥א תִבְעַר־בָּֽךְ׃
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.11.12~
[Photo: Bravely flying through the sky in rugged gusty conditions, an NYPD helicopter flies over the remains of a section of Breezy Point, N.Y. that was flooded and damaged by a massive fire during the storm surge. Photo: Benjamin Lowy for Getty & Lightbox Time].
Superstorm Sandy has sadly claimed 39 lives in the USA and Canada. USA news media are very saddened today in most reports. America is grieving. Caught up again in yet another Hurricane Katrina saga in a different region with a larger storm footprint. It is a disturbing trend that will grow in the USA in years ahead. We must all work together to plan for this.
Superstorms are caused and created. How exactly? A few factors do it. The biggest being climate change due to over-consumption of the earth’s resources and their effects on air and the atmosphere. Canada is where the storm is moving to. Let’s see what Canada’s news media has to say.
Guest Commentary – Weather Science – Canada:
MIT’s climate scientist Kerry Emanuel calls Hurricane Sandy a hybrid storm, a rare type that scientists don’t know much about. He says its damaging rainfall is the sort of thing we’ll see more of in the future due to climate change.
Kerry Emanuel: It is correct to say that in no individual [weather] event can you really make an attribution to anything, whether it is climate change or El Nino or your grandmother had her tooth pulled this morning. You just can’t do it for a single event. It is just the nature of the game.
[A woman observes the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park. A Michael Christopher Brown photo for Time Magazine].
Now, Sandy is an example of what we call a hybrid storm. It works on some of the same principles as the way hurricanes work but it also works on the same principles as winter storms work. Hurricanes and winter storms are powered by completely different energy sources. The hurricane is powered by the evaporation of sea water. Winter storms are powered by horizontal temperature contrasts in the atmosphere. So hybrid storms are able to tap into both energy sources. That’s why they can be so powerful. (more…)
Boh Runga of New Zealand (pictured center) has a fantastic focus going on for young people at the moment. Boh appeared with Jeanette Thomas and Catherine Bell, on TV in her latest interview.
Teaching kids how to garden is what Runga has committed to. “I believe kids should eat,” reckons Boh.
The Garden to Table is changing the way children approach and think about food. All around the country, we want to see children enthusiastically getting their hands dirty and learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food. Learn more.
Also, don’t miss Boh’s acoustic church tour 2012 with collaborating singer songwriters Anika Moa & Hollie Smith . Sounds
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.8.12~
Don’t forget your roots my friend, the ones who made you, the ones who brought you here.
Six60: authentic sounds of homeland hoods of NZ.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.8.12~
[Music - Stan Walker's music video is a beauty as it shows acres of land, as a concept raising the idea of where agricultural crops could be growing - for our baby panda nations populations of the world].
New Zealand Citizens World News From Aotearoa New Zealand: In New Zealand, we are most concerned about USA’s drought problems, driving up food prices worldwide.
This means that people who live in concrete jungle cities, with no access to a backyard to grow a garden, are very disadvantaged by this news. Held ransom, by the US drought on this issue when shopping.
As too, are the famine stricken nations of the world, we need to be more mindful of.
New Zealand needs to get stuck into agriculture more. We also need a new distribution supply firm (separate to the now German-owned Turners & Growers) to create new supply distribution chains from NZ. Grains, wheat, maybe even maize are what NZ should get more into. Alongwith growing some good stodgey potatoes and kumara (yummy sweet potatoes) to boot. We need to stockpile these crops. The produce should belong to NZ citizens, (our youth should own them), to mediate Peace in the world’s future and reduce wars and blood shed too. It is our children’s futures we all serve, if we are humble enough to actually view it with eyes wide open, looking out to a brighter world where there are dark clouds on our horizons we need to bring light to in our humble yet pivotal New Zealand future, destined to be world-changing people.
Anway, for the latest on the news: Melissa Stokes 12 o’clock news report gives some of our news views in NZ. We’re are a little bit Vincent Ward today with a tragic: vigil watch in New Plymouth. A bit rattled in Hawke’s Bay too. A plume bubbly at Tongariro as well. Busy.
Andrew Allison gives a rough NZX report too. (We’re pretending that NZ is still worried about the Eurozone, when really the bank is in our backyard to grow. We need to be less lazy, do some real work and feed the world). If every politician was allowed out of ‘school’ to spend two days a week in their own provinces, encouraging their home electorate folks to begin this work, NZ would be 100% wealthier in a years time. Kind of, be a cheerleader (or a top coach) of the real people in each province, is what our politicians redeeming qualities are, ahead.
I have a Generation Joseph section on this blog, (created as a blueprint for youth of NZ’s strong future), that addresses that situation from NZ for the world. I like Melissa and Andrew’s reports today. Also of interest is the story of schizophrenia and medical science. In the GFC years or world re-engineering, people wearing ties at banks developed schizophrenic economies. The economies looked like: One for them and another for everyone else. The rise of this disease with suits (that is still prevalent) was best summed up in the American pop anthem, Poker Face many chart hits ago now. So I love that story too. A fav.
And: you can’t go past the world’s “oldest” flash mob dancers either today. Age is nothing but a number, so I admire the humor of our Kiwi grey-power set actors rocking out in this clip too. In their own special way, these outrageous silver hori headed people are creating world history too. Ye-ah!
Live life each day to the fullest is their very groovy message at our 100th medal milestone for NZ. Always have fun is the Auckland City’s Lifemark Homes team‘s inspiring crazy message. “Give it death” they reckon!!! I love them! JH Peace!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.8.12~
Question – What do you think of gay marriage debate for New Zealand?
On the table in New Zealand is the topic of gay marriage. A bill that was drafted by MP Louisa Wall, could allow gay people to marry and adopt children. Currently New Zealand has a Civil Union that recognizes gay partnerships. Wall says that this is not enough and gay marriage would ensure equality in recogition of partnership at a legal level (reflected on a societal level) for gay people, as now being sought through the legal draft of a marriage bill.
The following thoughts map some of the tensions in New Zealand on the topic at this moment in history. I will meander my way through them like an angsty nerd (yawn!), so you can navigate the thinking of the kinds of thoughts people may be thinking at this time in New Zealand. The commentary is a snap shot of this moment.
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Around the world in Scotland, a bill has been passed that allows gay people to marry. Churches are given the option of marrying a gay couple, or not.
A conservative Christian view point in New Zealand is arguing that gay marriage is a no go.
A debate is raging in the US at the time of writing too that is opposed to gay marriage, where conservative business owners say, allowing gay marriage will bring “judgement” on America if this would occur.
Having looked at the weather patterns in the US lately, those words if living in the USA are being mulled over. A strong comment about “judgement” is not something Americans are laughing at and dismissing easily, when the topic of gay marriage is being raised.
When a statement like “America could come under judgement” is said, people actually stop and think about that.
What does “judgement over a nation mean, or look like?” Does sexual preference bring judgement or not? is a question conservative types are asking at this time in the USA and also presenting to the USA as a part of the same debate.
On the topic of gay marriage I also think of the book of Corinthians that Paul The Apostle (once a murderer and General of Empire who slaughtered Christians as a job once, due to his government’s view of discriminating against Christians in his day) who after he became a Christian, wrote for a Roman City specifically who had a culture of public orgie worship in the City of Corinth at the city’s main temple.
This was their commonplace culture. (more…)
By request: Justice & Compassion Art.
We could try to count the stars You already know them each by name Every single galaxy was Your design Your majesty displayed Your glory shines before our eyes The more we see, the more we love You King of wonders, we stand amazed There's no other, other than You King of wonders, You know the way to our hearts And the more we see, the more we love You
New Zealand has recently won the bid to host the World’s Iron Man competition. Maori Iron Man athlete and real life Dr. Ropata, Lance O’Sullivan talks health in New Zealand’s north and jetting across to Rarotonga to keep an eye on the South Pacific’s hula culture peoples.
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Te Karere News reports: Northland doctor takes stand against rheumatic fever: What’s ahead for Northland doctor Lance O’Sullivan? Last month, he resigned from Te Hauora o Te Hiku o Te Ika health provider. The greed and inequality activist in the health sector is known for being outspoken about poverty and poor housing. Sullivan gives an interview from his home in Kataia.
Take a nohi above.
Scotty Morrison feeds the ball to Anzac Pikia‘s reporting. Ngati Pourou, Te Arawa and Ngai Tahu could do with a ’jetting to Hawaii’ story about now, to work on their tans. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.7.12~
THE PRICE OF GOLD IN RISING FAMINE CONDITIONS – NIGER’S MINER MINORS – GINNY STEIN & TIM COSTELLO INVESTIGATE
Via Twitter’s World Vision AUS (WorldVisionAus) social media information:
Tony Eastley writes: In Niger, a severe food crisis, the third in less than ten years, has forced many people to leave their villages in search of food. Harvests have failed and up to 18 million people across West Africa are now facing severe food shortages.
Like all immigrant stories, people migrate to a nation to feed their families in thee hope of survival, peace, security and feeding a dream that is a humane characteristic to have. Yet what happens, when you walk into a trap due to global politics, corporate greed and people mismanagement? Here’s a story about the plight of humanity on our watch.
In one village in Niger farmers are risking their lives to dig for gold. Africa correspondent Ginny Stein reports on a fight for life which is desperate and dangerous. More at the link. Audio on the radio.
About Niger: About four-fifths the size of Alaska, Niger sits in West Africa’s Sahara region. Niger’s climate is mostly hot, dry, and dusty, with sand dunes in the north and the desert plains in the south. The Niger River basin in the south has fertile grassland with a tropical climate.
To learn how you can help via World Vision from whatever nation you may live, rise on wings of compassion to impact Niger’s destiny.
News feed in credit, Prime Broadcaster and talent TVNZ’s Melissa Stokes. A really good story of how journalists working together are making a difference as top guns against rising famine, water shortages and greed and inequality in the world. Peace!
[Reporting link feed in - Melissa Stokes].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.7.12~
We were all gestated in water within a mother’s womb from our inception. Our features were formed in water. Water is life.
Today, one in six people do not have access to a safe source of drinking water each day. That’s about 1.4 billion of us.
To empower women with water for their children and villages, click on picture above to play the water Santa if you’d like tu.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.7.12~
STORMS, HEAT WAVES, POWER OUTAGES – USA ELECTRICITY IN CITY PLANNING NEEDS TO CHANGE QUICKER TO GREENER LIVING DESIGN
America needs to get a lot quicker in developing energy (electricity) that isn’t so fossil fuels dependant. A lot of USA’s electricity is also generated from nuclear energy.
As global warming changes weather patterns (due to increased industrial pollution and war’s scars accumulate on the earth’s landscapes) substantially, this is critical for American citizens peace of mind, health, well being and survival as a people.
Watching New Zealand foeign correspondent, Jack Tame reporting from Detroit on the news here, about the record heat wave in parts of the USA combined with power outages, really hit the message home. His coverage looks like so: Triple-digit heat wave continues in Eastern US, and Fierce thunderstorms knock out power in US.
The one lady saying: “What people don’t understand is that when you get to over 55 years of age, air conditioning is so important to your health.”
Good point. There’s no air conditioning without electricity and sadly, there’s no electricity in much of the USA without fossil fuels being burned to create electiricity for air conditioners in rising hot summer conditions. Perhaps someone can create an app from the USA, that allows people the opportunity to switch their power from a fossil fuels generated power company to a green energy one, instead? The USA is so good at apps science creation.
Watch the clip above, as a reminder we need to think greener quicker, for the USA.
Our hearts go out to the lives lost within the USA this week. Peace!
[Here's a website that can help].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.7.12~
Some of my best future friends are rehabbing prisoners. And I don’t even live in Orange County or Keri Keri.
Tonight, the gorgeous Pippa Wetzell, brought the story of Tama Piri‘s journey from prison to reggae praise songwriting. The story reminds me of just what redemption looks like. A step by step daily process, onto a good path.
Redemption after prison, looks like Tama Piri experiencing grace at home base. Can a bad man turn good? is the angle of this story. A good one! (more…)
THE BEST TRAINING CHAMPION – ANITA FINNEGAN’S PASSION FOR GROWING EDUCATED WINNERS OF PACIFIC ISLAND YOUTH – IS EPIC!
“There is no one like her,” educationalist Rachel Skudder says of her pioneering and entrepreneurial Greek-Kiwi mother, Anita Finnegan today.
The Best Training Champion is an advocate of Pasifika and Polynesian youth rising up, getting educated and going for gold in their dreams.
Always a fan of Anita’s work; her abilities, perceptive insights, her amazing children and her unique wisdom are a hallmark of this special lady. Finnegan’s ability to impart life skills that go the distance in the high altitudes across a young person’s dream, is only offset by her sparkling wit, shared wisely from a ferocious Irish intellect she shields with measured fun.
You just gotta watch this clip! Anita is a woman whose story could rival USA’s Oprah in the beginner’s years of struggle when Anita started out in education and business. Her life has been a roller coaster yet here Finnegan stands today. In fact, the two women should meet.
They’d revolutionize Africa or New York’s education system… in a day of brainstorming! Anita Finnegan is Epic! I have always loved Anita and her fun family. Smart fun! They make us proud to be Kiwis of the South Pacific.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.6.12~