Armed troops deployed on UK streets: Does this constitute Martial Law? Sure looks that way to me. There are of course many videos on the subject doing the rounds, I picked this one as Leak Project takes a good look at the various inevitable claims and theories.
More than 70 such companies nationwide are known to be bottling water, many of which are in the South Island.
The Government has referred the issue to a technical advisory group, which is due to report back at the end of the year.
The Belfast site has permission to take 4.32 million litres of water per day, amounting to more than 1.5b litres a year. The amount is equivalent to the daily water usage of 12,000 people.
The consent was granted to the Kaputone Wool Scour for its site on Station Rd in 1997. It is unlikely to have used much of the water it was allocated.
The wool scour closed in 2015 with most of its operation relocating to a plant in Timaru early this year.
Official records show the valuable water consent has been transferred to Cloud Ocean Water Ltd, a company registered in March. It was registered with the business classification for manufacturing mineral water.
It raises the prospect that a little-used water allocation may soon be fully realised: If the entire allocation is used, the plant will use more water each day than the suburb of Riccarton, the city’s largest.
Cloud Ocean Water is majority owned by Ling Hai Group, a China-based company with broad interests, including the Castlebrae farm in Marlborough, which it converted to a winery focused on exporting to China.
It can take and use groundwater from a bore 33 metres deep, effectively the same method used for the public drinking-water supply.
It will likely pay nothing, or a negligible amount, to use the water.
Because the consent has been granted, Environment Canterbury (ECan) – which issued the consent in 1997 – cannot stop it from being transferred. It can only be revoked if there is an environmental effect or a regional rule overrode it.
Christchurch ECan councillor Lan Pham said it highlighted a carelessness towards water allocation.
She was not specifically concerned about water bottling, but said the way water was allocated did not always prioritise public use over private gain.
“My concern is any big extractive use of a precious, public resource,” she said.
“It’s just symptomatic of our use of water. We have taken water for granted and as we put pressure on our resources we’re kind of waking up to the fact that they’re not used in the most efficient ways or ways that protect the public good over private gains.”
She said water would become increasingly precious due to global climate change and it needed to be used more thoughtfully.
“It does seem we’re not being particularly proactive with looking at how we’re using our water, who is using our water and how it could best be used.”
Christchurch residents were asked to conserve water, using methods such as alternating the days they water their gardens and taking shorter showers.
The consented water volume at Kaputone is large relative to the city, but pales in comparison to the largest consents in the region.
Several consents – primarily granted to irrigation schemes – allow combined access to trillions of litres of water each year.
In 2014-15, the largest single consented water user, the Rangitata Diversion Race, used 17 times as much water as all of Christchurch city, ECan data shows.
In regards to the Belfast consent, ECan consents planning manager Phil Burge said the council had no choice but to approve the transfer due to a provision under the Resource Management Act.
ECan had not received a formal pre-application for advice regarding the consent, but Burge confirmed water bottling would be allowed as the consent stood.
He said the council’s concern was the amount of water actually used and any environmental effects, not what the water was used for.
Attempts to contact the Ling Hai Group and its directors were unsuccessful. Law firm Bell Gully, which has represented the company in its past dealings, did not return a request for comment.
Water bottling has been a sensitive topic in Canterbury. The Ashburton District Council’s attempt to sell Lot 9 of its business estate, which came with a water consent similar in size to Kaputone, was widely criticised.
A planned sale to a water bottling company did not go through.
Another terror attack. After a while, one becomes a little desensitised. Hard to know what’s real and what isn’t any more, we’ve so many of these and inevitably, the usual agendas, speculations, theories and counter-theories are coalescing. My heart goes out to the people of Manchester, regardless of what happened of the agendas and conspiracies.
I grew up in the Industrial North of England (Bradford to be precise) and have several friends from Manchester. The stirring hyperbole about “Tight knit community” etc etc doesn’t reverberate with me, as my memories are of a grim brick and concrete industrial hell that I couldn’t wait to leave, and I’m sure after this, the heightened surveillance and policing will make it all the more oppressive and fearful. In fact I recall the North of England as a cultural melting pot constantly on the brink of racial and religious mayhem.
Perhaps terror attacks like this, wether real, staged or whatever, are intended to bring everyone together and “heal the divisions”. You know, Agenda 30, New World Order.
Excuse my weary cynicism folks, and once again, I am sorry for all those affected. I hope people wake up and start asking how and why, and take a look at the bigger picture.
Michael Moore was one of few liberals who predicted Donald Trump’s victory last November, and since then he’s returned to his crystal ball to add a few other prophecies.
Shortly after the election, he told the hosts of Morning Joe that Trump wouldn’t last a term – he’d be impeached or resign first.
Then, last month, during the Tribeca Film Festival, Moore slightly amended that forecast, saying that, in fact, Trump would get booted during his second term.
Moore isn’t done, though. He’s making another prognostication – and this time he’s actively working to make it come true.
“I’m making a movie to get us out of this mess,” the filmmaker wrote on his Facebook page. “Fahrenheit 11/9. I’ve f***ing had it.”
That title is a callback to the 2004 documentary he made about George W Bush and the Iraq War, Fahrenheit 9/11, which is still the highest-grossing documentary of all time after pulling in more than US$220 million worldwide.
The 11/9 of the new title refers to November 9, the date that Trump was declared winner of the presidential election.
In a statement, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who acquired the movie, said the film may be the “key in dissolving Trump’s ‘Teflon’ shield and, in turn, his presidency”.
For his part, Moore added, “No matter what you throw at him, it hasn’t worked. No matter what is revealed, he remains standing. Facts, reality, brains cannot defeat him. Even when he commits a self-inflicted wound, he gets up the next morning and keeps going and tweeting.
“That all ends with this movie.”
That’s quite a prediction.
The film is still in production and Moore isn’t divulging details, so it’s hard to say what his team has dug up that’s giving him so much confidence.
But the question remains: Is Moore really the guy who’s going to take down a president? Because, let’s not forget, he’s tried before.
Moore made no secret of his motivations with Fahrenheit 9/11 back in 2004. After all, it was a movie critical of the Bush administration that debuted during an election year.
“I would like to see Mr Bush removed from the White House,” Moore said on This Week With George Stephanopoulos that year. In a USA Today interview around the movie’s debut, he added, “This may be the first time a film has this kind of impact.”
Getting the movie to theatres before the ballots were cast, however, was a bit of a mad dash. The release of Fahrenheit 9/11 was initially stymied by a disagreement between the Weinstein’s production company, Miramax, and its parent company, Disney, whose CEO, Michael Eisner, didn’t want to release the film.
But time was of the essence, so Moore opened up to the New York Times and the resulting story, with the headline “Disney Is Blocking Distribution of Film That Criticizes Bush,” did the trick. About six weeks after the story ran, Fahrenheit hit theatres.
(The kerfuffle led to the Weinsteins leaving Miramax, a company they founded, and there still may be some sour grapes. Back to the brothers’ statement: “When we had the opportunity to work with (Moore) on ‘Fahrenheit 9/11,’ we were so persistent that we ultimately had to part ways from Disney and we lost our beloved Miramax, named after our parents, because we believed so strongly in the message.”)
The rush to release Fahrenheit made sense considering the subject matter. Moore wanted the American people to see that Bush had hastily led the US into a misguided war. Then voters would have all the facts by the time the election rolled around in November. It worked, to some extent; a lot of people went to see what conservative pundits at the time labeled anti-Bush propaganda.
And yet Bush was elected to a second term, beating John Kerry.
Will Moore be thwarted again? Maybe, but the filmmaker can rest easy knowing he’s done everything he can to take down a man he’s called a racist, misogynist authoritarian.
This isn’t the first movie Moore made about Trump. In October, he released TrumpLand, which was basically a filmed monologue. In a review of the movie, Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday wrote, “although Moore clearly perceives TrumpLand to be his own version of an October surprise, it’s less game-changing than reassuring, especially to left-leaning voters, some of whom may still be having trouble casting a vote for a candidate they see as fatally centrist, corporation-friendly and untrustworthy.”
That critique echoes why Moore’s 2004 film also failed to alter the election results.
“Fahrenheit 9/11 may very well be the best political commercial in history,” wrote political science professor Costas Panagopoulos in 2004. “But like most political commercials, even really good ones, Fahrenheit 9/11 is unlikely to change enough voters’ minds to alter the outcome of the election.”
Anyone arguing that there’s a limit to what Moore’s movies can accomplish should know that the documentarian isn’t stopping with films. Aside from copious interviews and a “10-point plan” to stop Trump, he’ll be directing and starring in a new TNT show, Live From the Apocalypse, about contemporary politics.
He also announced earlier this month that he’d be performing on Broadway this summer, doing a show about – what else? – the commander in chief. It’s called The Terms of My Surrender and the tagline reads, “Can a Broadway show take down a sitting President?”
In this video, software and blockchain developer Vin Armani examines the WannaCry ransomware that the corporate media acted like it was the end of the world. Ultimately it appears to be an amateurish false flag attack on bitcoin. But upon digging into the bitcoin addresses used in the attack, Vin discovers a potentially much more nefarious attack on bitcoin.
Two Chinese fighter jets conducted an “unprofessional” intercept of a US Air Force plane, US officials said, with one flying upside down directly above the aircraft in a manoeuvre similar to the one performed in the Hollywood movie Top Gun.
The two Chinese Su-30 jets came within 150 feet of the US radiation detection plane during the confrontation over the Yellow Sea, CNN and other US media outlets reported. The Yellow Sea is between China’s east coast and the Korean Peninsula.
“The issue is being addressed with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels,” said Air Force spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Lori Hodge.
Lieutenant Colonel Hodge said the US characterisation of the incident was based on initial reports from the US aircrew aboard the WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft “due to the manoeuvres by the Chinese pilot, as well as the speeds and proximity of both aircraft.”
“Distances always have a bearing on how we characterise interactions,” she said, adding a US military investigation into the intercept was underway.
She said the WC-135, a four-engine jet which monitors for elements that a nuclear test would emit into the air, was carrying out a routine mission at the time and was operating in accordance with international law.
The US Air Force operates two WC-135 jets from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska that regularly fly to north-east Asia, CNN reported.
Donald Trump’s administration has been ratcheting up pressure on nuclear-armed North Korea to give up its military ambitions.
The rogue nation has carried out five nuclear tests, including two last year.
The incident between the US aircraft and two Chinese planes on Wednesday is the second this year.
A Chinese surveillance plane and a US Navy P-3 Orion aircraft experienced what US officials called an “unsafe” close encounter over the South China Sea in February.
Last year, Beijing rejected accusations from the US that its fighter jets carried out another unsafe manoeuvre over the sea.
Washington also raised concerns over China’s military in 2014 when it claimed a Chinese plane made a “dangerous” pass near a US aircraft – performing a barrel roll, apparently to display its weapons.
In 2001 a Chinese jet collided with a US Navy surveillance aircraft off Hainan Island, killing the Chinese pilot and forcing the Navy plane to make an emergency landing on the island.
Washington severed military relations with China after that episode. Officials in Beijing regularly call on the US to cut down the amount of patrols it carries out near China.
Boyajian’s star, or KIC 8462852 has fascinated science enthusiasts because it regularly loses its lustre only to return to its original brightness. The extraordinary pattern has not been observed in any other star.
As the strange phenomenon has returned, scientists are eager to understand the star’s strange behaviour and shed light on its mysterious appearance, National Geographic magazine reports.
The star was first observed in 2015 by the Kepler space telescope, which observes changes in the brightness of distant stars
It is also known as “Tabby’s star” after astronomer Tabetha Boyajian, who analysed data gathered by the telescope.
The brightness changes do not show the kind of regularity that is typical of a planet’s orbit around its star and so far scientists do not see how this could be explained by a system of planet, according to the science website, Space.
Scientists have also not been able to predict when the next dimming will occur and how long it will last.