Thanks, Barry Ritholtz
❝ An ancient tree that contains a record of a reversal of Earth’s magnetic field has been discovered in New Zealand. The tree—an Agathis australis, better known as its Māori name kauri—was found in Ngawha, on New Zealand’s North Island, during excavation work for the expansion of a geothermal power plant…
The tree, which had been buried in 26 feet of soil, measures eight feet in diameter and 65 feet in length. Carbon dating revealed it lived for 1,500 years, between 41,000 and 42,500 years ago…
❝ The lifespan of the kauri tree covers a point in Earth’s history when the magnetic field almost reversed. At this time, the magnetic north and south went on an excursion but did not quite complete a full reversal.
Looking forward to a polished picture of the tree rings.
Vincent Thian/AP Photo
❝ New Zealand will crack down on firearms ownership this week after the Christchurch mosques massacre that killed 50 people.
In stark contrast to the United States, where even the most minor curbs on gun ownership meet ferocious opposition led by the National Rifle Association, New Zealand gun owners agree action is needed.
❝ “We want to support our government in any changes to prevent a terrorist attack from happening in New Zealand again,” said Nicole McKee, secretary of the Council of Licensed Firearm Owners.
❝ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government announced an immediate ban on military-style semi-automatic rifles after the shooting and will put laws to parliament formalising its action on Tuesday…
Finalising such legislation can often take months but Ardern said the matter was so urgent it will be done by April 11.
❝ Further curbs – potentially including a gun register, tighter vetting and stricter gun storage rules – are set to be passed by the end of the year.
It’s not as difficult as you might think to have responsible, thoughful legislation passed in a nation where politicians are likely to count voters as taking primacy over donors and corporate flunkies.
Hundreds of people gathered outside a mosque in Wellington, New Zealand, and locked arms to form a human chain, in a symbolic act of protection of the Muslim community during Friday prayer.
The move came as New Zealanders mourn the 50 victims of mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques on March 15, in a national day of reflection to mark a week since the terror attack.
Christchurch newspaper The Press had the word ‘salam’ (peace) in Arabic script in its front page, along with the names of the victims of the attack…
“The atmosphere was sad, quiet, but determined. Many women wore headscarves,” Sue Teodoro, who was at the vigil, told CNN. “Many people cried openly. It was incredibly moving. People were determined that the community should pray without fear today.”
A loving example of a nation without fear, absent the reactionary power of a gun lobby owning the majority power of their government. Unarmed, standing up to defend a part of their community under attack by fools and fascist bigots.
BTW – as a gun-owner for 60 years – I endorse this cartoon .
NZ Prime Minister at press conference about the shootings
❝ A crisis meeting of national security agencies is ongoing at Police National Headquarters in Wellington after the Christchurch mosque shooting…
❝ The Officials Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination – commonly referred to as ODESC – is a committee of Chief Executives which manages the response to national security in New Zealand…
Ardern cut short her press conference in New Plymouth so she could meet the group. She was being flown back to Wellington by a military plane.
❝ At least 30 feared dead after gunmen with automatic weapons open fire at two mosques
3 men, 1 woman are in custody at this hour [10PM MDT USA]
Frame grab from seal poop video
❝ Scientists in New Zealand say they have found a USB memory stick containing holiday photos inside a frozen slab of seal poop.
The scat, valuable for studying the health of leopard seals, had been stored in a freezer for a year before it was thawed out for analysis, the researchers said…
❝ The stick was in good condition, “considering where it had come from”, and the researchers let it dry out for a few weeks…“The only clue to who might have taken them is the nose of a blue kayak,” the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said…
I’d like to know the brand of the memory stick. Great survival.
❝ In Queenstown, New Zealand, the stakes have been raised in the adrenaline experience market. There’s now a “catapult” that launches participants almost 500 feet into the air at a speed of up to 60 miles per hour.
❝ It’s not for the faint of heart, or those with a fear of heights, necessarily.
RTFA. How did this come about?
Good dog! Some decent human beings involved, as well.