guns. the side effects, USA: armed hoods complex as media crowd fuding fundraisers? & Charlie Daniels on ‘independence’ symbols.
In NZ, we’d be more inclined to shoot people who were invovled in destroying our agricultural producing abilities. Not really. Yet we could. (more…)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.11.12~
As sure as the sun rises above to heat the earth, Love resides beside tenacity.
The word tenacity means: The quality or state of being tenacious; as, tenacity, or retentiveness, of memory; tenacity, or persistency, of purpose. Not easily pulled apart. The quality or fact of being very determined; determination. The quality or fact of continuing to exist. Consisting of cohesiveness; the effect of attraction; – as distinguished from brittleness, fragility, mobility. The greatest longitudinal stress a substance can bear without tearing asunder. Good viscosity.
Yet where tenacity fails, Love will never fail. Love just keeps giving Love a go. As light, Love must go on to be Love. It is tenacity complete.
~Photo: Sunrise@Dad&Mom’s Place. NZ. Photo: My own. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.10.12~
[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~
To intrude into other people’s affairs or business; interfere.
To handle something idly or ignorantly; tamper.
[Middle English medlen, from Anglo-Norman medler, variant of Old French mesler, from Vulgar Latin *misculre, to mix thoroughly, from Latin miscre, to mix; see meik- in Indo-European roots.]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.7.12~
Brooding ensemble viola notes, the art of whiskey distilling takes time, Brick House Am-Kiwi funk base twang - all on a mission to restore Vietnam’s forgotten, stripped children. On the soul train, actor Danielle Cormack remembers Vietnam today.
The nation’s TV mood – Aotearoa New Zealand today.
[Photos: DC in Vietnam: Facebook & Martin Luther King Jr.-Beaumont Enterprise].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.7.12~
Te Karere News showcased Whirimako Black‘s smoky, velvet Tuhoe, dolcid jazz-note tones today. Black is a part of Green Fire Islands showcase line up. The ensemble collective can be seen in an event that is a prerequisite, curtain-raiser to the London Olympics 2012.
The incomparable Whirimako’s cultural depth of husky Maori jazz is known by some in the world from the One Giant Leap music project.
“So… beautiful” is their other-worldy, healing sound on the spiritual senses.
Bringing Irish and Kiwi artists together, Green Fire Islands re-presents some of the best fusions of culture, New Zealand can be very proud of, that will be on display in the theatrics of live music theater.
The show’s producer and chief collaborator, Bronwen Christianos noted on Te Karere [paraphrased]: “Both cultures (Irish and Maori) have both known intense oppression from other cultures.”
The stellar show’s website notes: “The first production of Green Fire Islands was in March 2008 in New Zealand. The cutting edge concept of bringing the two cultures of Ireland and New Zealand/Maori together, which had been previously untested, was an outstanding success. Every performance of Green Fire Islands received sustained standing ovations. All of the performers from both sides of the stage (Irish and NZ/Maori) are considered top performers within their respective countries. (more…)
President Obama discusses his order to end the risk of deportation for many young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. when they were children. The move to pardon 800,000 immigrants has critics saying:
“By calling a halt to the deportation of hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants, President Obama not only helps himself politically with two groups vital to his reelection — Latinos and young people — but also shows the advantage that comes with a seat in the Oval Office.”
More with Mark Z Barabak of the Los Angeles Times.
For young people who are exploited by others because they do not hold US citizenship, or a green card, this is a very humane decision.
These kids move from being unsafe into a ‘safer position’ in society. Oh happy day!
Photo caption: “Nancy Guarneros, 25, right, hugs Jorge Gutierrez, 28, as they join more than 150 students and Dream Act supporters who rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Friday to voice support for President Obama’s decision to halt the deportation of young illegal immigrants who have no criminal records and meet certain other criteria.” Photographer: Al Seib - Los Angeles Times / June 15, 2012.
[Top Photo: Olivier Douliery, Abaca Press - June 15, 2012].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.6.12~
NEW ZEALAND BUTTER WRAPPER – A MUSEUM PIECE OF TASTEFUL ART FOR USA’S BUTTER OBSESSED CONSUMER MARKETS
Because American butter is crap
True fact: New Zealand butter is 200% better quality than much of the USA’s butter. Ironically though, in oily pancakes obsessed USA, most Americans love butter more so than most New Zealanders do. Thus, Americans are deprived of having their butter cravings satisfied with quality NZ butter products. It’s a deception that, most Americans don’t know how good New Zealand butter is.
How can we change that to make the USA happier?
With NZ dairy giant, Fonterra rather miraculously gaining a green light to develop dary hubs in China recently – looking at an integrated model of hub creation – producing 1 billion litres of milk within China each year, you can’t help but think, why doesn’t the same thing happen in the USA – for better butter production?
It would be a shame if China gets quality New Zealand standard butter produced in China for the Chinese consumer, even before … America gets to buy it? What is the world coming too, right?! So, perhaps New Zealand can collaborate with USA’s dairy farmers and… teach America what good butter looks like – as we have been given the green light to do within China.
This idea is perhaps something to put in the hat of things to get done that are renewable good things, for Americans to have more happiness.
You know, if you melt butter… it becomes like an oil, in texture! It’s golden too. New Zealand advertising agencies could also collaborate with Hollywood studios and make really cool 3D cows, TV commercials to market the butter on US TV. It would be a win-win combo where people could clearly taste the difference, offering the liberty of consumer choice for the pancake loving and cupcake making, hot corn on the cob, American palate.
What do you think of this idea?
[Artwork photograph: A museum piece - Wrapper, butter; Fernleaf (New Zealand Dairy Foods Ltd); from Owaka Museum : Wahi Kahuika the Meeting Place – a rest on your journey. NZ Museums website]
Key facts about artwork: Place Made:Oceania, New Zealand; Medium and Materials: processed material, paper; Inscription and Marks: Printed on wrapper: ‘EXPORT QUALITY / FERNLEAF / Butter / CELEBRATING 150 years / of / NEW ZEALAND BUTTER EXPORTS; Measurements: l 250mm x w 190mm; Subject and Association Keywords: animal culture, cattle, dairy processing. dairy products; Credit Line: From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place “a rest on your journey”; Object Type: Packaging: Object number: 2010.892.
This was a post for my Chicago people – but California can own the NZ butter imports idea too, if you like. Peace!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.4.12~
Are US police really using phone tracking as a routine tool?
I know the police ‘don’t like to miss out ever’ … but that’s totally outrageous!
One US police training manual describes cellphones as “the virtual biographer of our daily activities.”
But it seems that cellphone companies that invoice police ($2,200 a pop for a ‘full-scale wiretap’ of a phone) to track civilians’ phones are the ones making bank off the tax payer (so the rich who own cell phone companies are being majorly rewarded in this process) – while police who are tracking neighborhoods’ citizens’ phones at an alarming rate (often without court permission prior), are now under speculation for being too in your face sticky beaky.
The issue has taken on new legal urgency in light of a Supreme Court ruling in January finding that a Global Positioning System tracking device placed on a drug suspect’s car violated his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches. While the ruling did not directly involve cellphones — many of which also include GPS locators — it raised questions about the standards for cellphone tracking, lawyers say.
Obviously cell phone technology can be useful to help the popo (say in the case of a kidnapping), yet how accountable are the police (who can suffer from pack mentality of do-your-own-thingism) to citizen’s privacy and also the laws of the land?
Will this mean American citizens will now use their phones less? Quite possibly.
Source – NY Times.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.4.12~
Once upon a time the Pharoah system ruled the people and was a burden to their backs… then as history tells us, in the time of Moses, Freedom arose.
Today, this same premise, fuels the best Hollywood box office movies.
Here’s Jason Upton with the distinctive sound of backwoods gospel hill billy blues.
Isn’t the USA such a diverse nation of people?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.3.12~
GEORGE WILL – COMMENTS ON HOW WEALTHY BACKERS CAN INFLUENCE A NATION’S ENTIRE DIRECTION WITH ONE FINANCIAL TRANSACTION A SINGLE POLITICIAN’S WAY
Is buying a political face transplant in the form of ‘a politician-oracle ‘- democratically just. Does it observe the Spirit of Liberty, the expression and outworking of democracy, reflecting the peoples best interests?
George Will writes in The Tennessean:
“The Washington Post, dismayed about super PACs, reports “a rarefied group of millionaires and billionaires acting as kingmakers in the GOP contest, often helping to decide, with a simple transfer of money, which candidate might survive another day.” Kingmakers? Where’s the king?
Every melodrama requires a villain, and the people currently hysterical about super PAC money in politics blame the 2010 Citizens United decision, wherein the Supreme Court held that corporations and unions can spend unlimited amounts on political advocacy as long as they do not coordinate with candidates or campaigns. The court’s unremarkable logic was that individuals do not forfeit their First Amendment speech rights when they come together in corporate entities or unions to speak collectively. What is the constitutional basis for saying otherwise?
This decision’s practical effect is primarily in empowering unions and incorporated nonprofit advocacy groups such as the Sierra Club and the National Rifle Association. But The New York Times, which cannot have read it, says (Jan. 10) Sheldon Adelson’s (whose backing the Newt Gingrich horse campaign) spending “underscores” how Citizens United “has made it possible for a wealthy individual to influence an election.” Many columnists and commentators embrace this solecism.”
So – if visible and invisible rich backers are up to their eyeballs in getting their preferred political mouthpieces through the hoops who will cause the majority of a nation’s wealth to flow back into their pockets – it’s no wonder why us little people love the arena of sports so much. Sports culture does exactly the same thing with its players.
I guess visible backers (like Adelson) are more transparent than one’s hiding behind the privilege of invisibility - yet still addicted to unfairly controlling the puppet strings. Where does democracy actually get a chance to flow and be seen and voiced in the USA – in such conditions?
The truth is – financial transactions in buying ‘political skin’ for billionaires to get what they want is not confined with nation’s borders. It’s a global trading industry at one press of a button transferring funds into nation’s afar off – whose leaders (representing the wealthy’s interests) will sacrifice the interests of their own citizen’s wealth potential - ensuring in extreme cases of ‘bought alien oracles’ that wealth in alien territories to a billionaire – goes back into the pockets of foreign buyers.
What tests are in place – to sieve the global trade of political-transactions ‘insurance’ of the most wealthiest citizens in the world.
There’s the free market – but how free is it really?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.3.12~
Song Lyrics I’m listening to right now are:
“Na, ko te Ariki, ko te Wairua ia; ko te wahi i noho ai te Wairua o te Ariki, kei reira te tikanga herekore.”–Listen here for a spirit break.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.1.12~
~Photo JG Twitter. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.1.12
Fact: Did you know that no other modern American figure’s name has been attached to as many civic places as Martin Luther King Jr., including 893 streets that bear his name?
“As Miami Herald columnist Fred Grimm points out, King’s image has been sanitized, including, for example, the fact that King backed labor unions and voting rights and opposed America’s bloody wars: “The icon of the national holiday, the Disneyfied hero celebrated by school kids, a replica of the original made into someone palatable to business and civic leaders across the political spectrum, hardly resembles the righteous rabble-rouser who inflicted so much discomfort on the American establishment.”–Danny Goodwin selects Martin Luther King Jr. tribute words, to accompany Bill Gates‘ decision to have a google doodle artwork commissioned as a tribute for MLKjr’s memory. Read in full.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.1.12~
From my heart to the heavens, Jesus be the center. It’s all about you. It’s all about you.
Nothing else matters. Nothing in this world will do.
Jesus you’re the center, everything revolves around you.
Jesus, you. At the center of it all.–lyrics Israel Houghton.
In the dream, I have a balcony view at the old Auckland Town Hall on Queen. The Auckland saints are singing at Equippers Church in the center of the city. Brotha Wayne on the ebony and ivory keys. His talented wife, Libby Huirua on lead vocals.
Sweet, sweet worship rising through the high ceiling dome, into the heavenly realms high above and all across Tamaki Makaurau. In the dream, there is no ceiling in The Spirit.
In the dream, the angels are dancing mightily in the skies above with each line the people sing. They sing too. Their strength is above and beyond muscled earthly or weaponry might. Their protective swords are drawn over the City, driving back the powers of exploitation, disaster, genocide and harm that threaten to thwart the best plans for Aotearoa New Zealand. In the dream, the invisible war in the skies and heavenlies is being fought over the nation – not seen by the naked fickle, so easily-distracted natural needy eye, but seen in The Spirit.
These peoples’, (a mixed-blend Polynesian-Pakeha Auckland congregation of Kiwi) worship empowers the angelic hosts of heaven to fight ushering in the things and deals that will stand up and last for New Zealand’s strong future.
[Photo caption - Enemy host angel (principality, power) artistic depiction- courtesy of The Dark Few Webs.Com's artists]
In the dream, I feel like weird Yankee author Frank Peretti on a Hollywood blogger’s morning off, a rare gift to myself, joining in this spiritual posse – as an occasional congregation member, knowing full well, that in the dream… singing like this is just what these people do week by week. I feel lucky to be a part of their dream. (more…)
[Author Jonathan Franzen - Photo - Joost Van Den Broek, Hollandse Hoogte for Redux]
Well, it’s almost another year gone. We saw revolution after revolution in the Mid-East with ongoing struggles towards democracy for Egypt and Libya. We also saw greed and inequality increasing dramatically, offset by Occupy Protests in opposition to this fact.
Through it all, (and on a mediascape there was so much distraction going on -with the IMF and Eurozone drama included! that it was all a bit of a blur), Time Magazine drew up a list in September of these 100 people they felt influenced the world.
If you need some informative reading, click through these names, or a selection of them. These people are:
Wael GhonimJoseph StiglitzReed HastingsAmy PoehlerGeoffrey CanadaMark ZuckerbergPeter VesterbackaAngela MerkelJulian AssangeRon BruderLamido SanusiColin FirthAmy ChuaJoe BidenJennifer EganKim ClijstersAhmed Shuja PashaAung San Suu KyiCory BookerGabrielle GiffordsKatsunobu SakuraiMichelle ObamaPaul RyanAi Weiwei (more…)
Surreal Post of the Day: Once, when sitting in a Jewish synagogue in LA, while wearing a compulsory-complimentary yarmulke black beanie while attending with a Lebanese-Canadian friend – I heard an Israel-friendly American Christian invited to speak.
It was the first time any Christian speaker had been allowed in the synagogue to speak to an audience. It was also most probably the first time a Maori-Kiwi had even set foot in the synagogue too. It did have that feel about it. At the table there were South Africans, Germans and local Jews who all live within walking distance of the synagogue too and a fair handful of Israelis with thick Mid-Eastern accents they have no intention of Americanizing much.
What did the speaker speak of? Something totally unexpected. He spoke of the 300 million Christians in China.
Whakatauki O Te Ra:
“He rama tau kupu ki oku waewae, he maarama ki toku ara.”
Buzz words: blaze, brilliance, gleam, glow, illuminate, radiance, shine, sparkle, glint, sunbeam, ignite in flame, brighten, radiance, light.
[Photo - Sunrise, One Tree Hill, Steve A, FotoCommunity Website]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.11.11~
“Faith and hope are strong emotions… through this horrible time in history–faith and hope have enabled us to survive.”
–Ralph Codikow–Machine Shop Owner and Survivor of the Kouno Ghetto and Landsberg, Dachau, Auschwitz-Birkenau and Buchenwald Concentration Camps–during the Nazi party’s greedy years of politics and assets acquisition.
[Photo courtesy of Triumph of Spirit Holocaust Survivors Portraiture]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.11.11~