Friday, 23 February 2018

New Zealand : Hottest Summer on Record

New Zealand: Five more days from the official hottest summer on record

Press Release: NIWA
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 10:17 am
Despite a sub-tropical storm and two ex-tropical cyclones, this summer is about to become the hottest in history.
There are just five days of summer left and unless they are unprecedentedly cold, NIWA climate scientists say this summer will surpass a record that has been held for more than 80 years.
Until now, the hottest summer in historical record is 1934/35 where the temperature was 1.8°C above the 1981-2010 average (*) This summer is currently running at 2.3°C, 0.5° above the previous record.
NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll says the driver of this summer’s remarkable warmth has been the marine heatwave.
This has been a striking feature on both a regional and global climate scale,” Mr Noll says.
It began at the end of November last year and has now persisted for three months. There have been three distinct peaks when sea surface temperatures were between 2 to 4°C above average:
mid-December, late January and mid-late February.”
But Mr Noll says there were even some areas where sea surface temperatures were 6 or 7°C above average.
This represented some of the largest ocean temperature anomalies anywhere in the world over the last several months.”
Mr Noll says a warmer than average Tasman Sea is a signature of La NiƱa, as it is associated with higher than normal air pressure over the region during the late-spring and early-summer – this prevents mixing of deeper, cooler sea water to the surface. In addition, warm northeasterly winds pushed warm water toward the country from the sub-tropics.
Meanwhile, NIWA principal climate scientist Dr Brett Mullan has delved into the record books and found that the previous hottest summer on record of 1934/35 was so unusual it prompted New Zealand Meteorological Service director Dr Edward Kidson to report on it in a special Meteorological Office Note.
Dr Mullan says the note shows there were several similarities to this summer, including widespread drought from November to mid-February.
Dr Kidson wrote that a: “feature of the pressure distribution was that the high pressure belt and tracks of moving anticyclones were unusually far south in the New Zealand area, generally crossing the Dominion instead of passing to the north of it.”
Dr Mullan says the persistence of anticyclones and north-easterly winds have also been a feature of this summer.
Over land, Dr Kidson noted that “in none of the four months November [1934] to February [1935] did any station in New Zealand record a mean temperature which was not above normal”.
Summer standouts so far
108 places across New Zealand recorded their hottest summer on record, 21 their 2nd hottest and eight their 3rd hottest.
In Alexandra on January 30 the temperature reached 38.7 °C. On the same day Clyde got to 37.6, Middlemarch 37.4 and Cheviot 37.3 – together these comprise the hottest temperatures of summer.
Wellington has had 17 days above 25°C this summer – the average is two.
Auckland usually has 29 summer days above 25°C, this year there have been 47 – the highest since records began at Auckland Airport in 1966.
Invercargill recorded three consecutive days over 30°C in January. It’s never done that for two days in a row, let alone three.
Cromwell has topped 25°C for 56 days – normal is 35 days
Dew point temperature – the meteorological measurement combining humidity and temperature – failed to drop below 19°C in Auckland from February 10-15, making it a rare 115-hour period of very high humidity.
In Wellington a dew point temperature of 22°C at 6pm on February 11, the highest dew point on record for the city.
Mahia, Appleby and Waipara West have had their wettest summers on record.
(*) - 1981-2010 average. If taken over the entire period the departure from the average would be even greater

Susan Austen cleared of euthanasia charge

Suzy Austin found “not guilty” of aiding suicide

It is with the utmost pleasure that I can report that Suzy Austin, who was accused by a vindictive police force of aiding the suicide of 77-year-old Annemarie Treadwell. 

This is truly a victory of those who uphold a higher ethical position and believe in the rights of people in their right mind who are ill and old, to choose to end their lives with dignity.

Despite a vicious summing up by the prosecuting lawyer and the addition of an additional charge (I did not know they could do that in the midst of a trial) by yesterday I had a premonition that things might not go badly after listening to the case put by the impressive defence lawyer, Dr Donald Stevens in his summing up:

"This case has also for humanity and for others and support for others in their suffering. These are, you might think, amongst the highest qualities human beings can display and they lead to a true nobility of spirit".


I can only concur and say I have met few people who have the interests of others at heart and want nothing for themselves apart from, perhaps the satisfaction that they have done the right thing.

The  comments of the judge were balanced and also gave some room for optimism although the people present in the public gallery of the Court will have been on tenterhooks.

The result, which cleared Suzy Austin of the main charge of aiding Annemarie Treadwell’s suicide but found her guilty of importing a class C controlled drug pentobarbitone, has gone a long way to restoring my faith in the judiciary (which was greatly reduced by actions of the previous government) and should hopefully bode well for further efforts to pass legislation to legalise voluntary euthanasia for the elderly and the infirm.

I have little idea of how the general political climate affects decisions in cases like this but this affair began in a repressive environment under the previous National government and fell into the category of police illegality (still to be ruled on by the Independent Police Conduct Authority) and harassment.

Some of you will be aware that the police, who were surveilling Suzy Austin and bugging her home set up a road block to catch people attending a meeting of Exit International and to take their names.

I was in attendance at that meeting but avoided the dragnet  But t because I took another more direct route home. However, the next Saturday morning I was awoken by a rude knock at the door. The cops, who I kept on the doorstep wanted details which I refused to give and left details of suicide help lines (two of which had already been closed due to lack of funding). 

However, I recall the chilling statement of one of the young cops that “we are going to close down Suzy Austin”.

That candid statement, more than anything, revealed their true intent which had NOTHING to do with the welfare of people. Any people.

Some people might argue that the drug is illegal and therefore police action was justified. But we all know of cases in the past where things can be illegal but the police have chosen to ignore it.

Quite apart from the fact that almost every repressive action carried out by governments anywhere are legal – right up to, and including genocide.

We all know that in most aspects of our lives, the police are completely absent. Have your home burgled or be assaulted and you take your chances in having the crime investigated. Even in the case of road safety I can hardly think of the time when I saw a police vehicle on the road. 

The police are under - resourced and under pressure and yet it seems there seems to be all the time and resources in the world to target and harass the elderly and the seriously-ill with actions like this.

This case has shown that the only victims in this “crime” were those harassed by the police and Suzy being charge with a “crime” that has no victim.

Similarly with medicinal cannabis where the majority of the public think that seriously –ill people and those in pain should have access to a substance that has demonstrably done no harm and helped many where no help was forthcoming from other quarters.

The response of the police, however, has been to double down on arresting those who demonstrate compassion and love for humanity by supply medicinal cannabis to those who need it, often free-of-charge.

Police block medicinal marijuana for 2000 illegal users

I thank God that we have indications that at least in this area we may be seeing a softening of a hard-nosed attitude in society.

I know, and the court case has revealed, that members of Exit International are generally highly intelligent , reflective and also happy people – far from being the depressives one might imagine them to be – and only keep pentobarbitone as an “insurance”, to provide peace-of-mind because they have seen loved ones die the most painful deaths because help was not forthcoming.

Only a few people out of the members ever choose to actually use the drug to end their lives.

The other, usual objection to euthanasia, is that families eager to “get their hands on the money” will pressurise their family member to have their life prematurely ended. From what I have seen the decision is a rational one based on their own consideration. 

Members of Exit are, from what I have seen, intelligent and highly-independent-to-a tee and insist on what I call their own personal sovereignty.

I am not a libertarian and never have been, but I could easily become one on both of these issues.

On that note I can think of nothing I can support the right wing, libertarian ACT Party and especially its leader, David Seymour.

However, I can support him on this issue.

I can only hope that  the politicians who are out of touch with public opinion can undergo a change of hear and vote for meaningful legislation that will end the current situation

Here is coverage of today's verdict

Euthanasia advocate acquitted of aiding woman's suicide

Cheers have rung out outside the High Court in Wellington, after a euthanasia advocate was cleared of involvement in another woman's suicide

Susan Austen has also been found not guilty on one count of illegally importing the Class C controlled drug, pentobarbitone into New Zealand.

However the jury found her guilty on two other counts of importing the drug, including bringing into New Zealand the drugs Annemarie Treadwell used to kill herself.

The death of Ms Treadwell in 2016 was not initially considered suspicious, but after a suicide note was found a postmortem was carried out, which revealed she had died from pentobarbitone toxicity.

Ms Treadwell's diary revealed she was a member of a euthanasia lobby group, which Ms Austen was also involved with.

In the diary she referred to "suzy" helping her to obtain drugs from overseas and also the support "suzy" was giving her.

It was revealed during the two-week trial that police had bugged Ms Austen's telephones, home and car.

Excerpts were played to the court, including part of a meeting of a euthanasia group held at her home.

Police were also found to have conducted a bogus drink-driving checkpoint down the road from a Hutt Valley euthanasia meeting and had used that pretext to collect the names and addresses of of those involved.

A decision from the Independent Police Conduct Authority is still pending on the legality of that operation.

Ms Austen will be sentenced in May on the charges on which she was found guilty.

However the defence lawyer, Donald Stevens asked Justice Thomas not to enter a conviction today, indicating a discharge without conviction may be sought.

Outside the court, Ms Austen said she was heartened by the support she had received.

"I feel absolutely delighted. It's a glorious sunny day in Wellington and I'm very lucky.

"I'm so fortunate to have my gorgeous husband and one of my sons here and all the supporters who have come from all around the world to be here to support me."

Ms Austen said she was shaking when the verdict was read out and was relieved it was over.

Voluntary euthanasia on trial

I shall be penning my thoughts on this when the verdict has been passed

Austen trial: Put aside views on assisted dying, jury told

23 February, 2018

Only Parliament can change the law on assisted dying, a jury considering a charge of aiding suicide has been told.

In her summing up at the High Court in Wellington Justice Susan Thomas told a jury of seven women and five men that they had to base their verdicts on the evidence they had heard in court at the trial of Susan Dale Austen.

Austen, 67, a former teacher from Maungaraki, Lower Hutt, has pleaded not guilty to charges of aiding Annemarie Treadwell to commit suicide, and three charges of importing the potentially lethal barbiturate pentobarbitone.

Treadwell, 77, died at a Wellington retirement village on June 6, 2016, of pentobarbitone poisoning.

She had pain in her hands, feet, hips and jaw. Treadwell also suffered from depression she first seemed to be treated for in 1991. Her depression worsened in winter.

After her death a letter and a diary was found which led the police to investigate the circumstances of her death.

Austen was the co-ordinator of the Wellington branch of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International, and Treadwell was a member.

The judge warned the jury not to be influenced by sympathy or prejudice for anyone involved in the trial. The case was not about the jury's views on assisted dying.

The topic of voluntary euthanasia could arouse strong feelings.

A bill on assisted dying passed its first reading in December that would allow for people suffering terminal illness or grievous or incurable medical conditions the option to request medically assisted dying, the judge said.

But Parliament was the only body that could change the law, and whatever was happening there was irrelevant to the decisions the jury had to make, she said.

During a two week trial the jury heard that when police started investigating Treadwell's death, it found references in her diary to a person they believed was Austen. A High Court judge allowed police to bug Austen's house and phone calls. Her emails were also collected.

It was alleged Treadwell got an email address from Austen which she could use to order pentobarbitone from China, but the first package was intercepted by Customs.

The Crown said Treadwell asked for help again and Austen ordered it for her and had it sent to another address. But the defence said there was nothing to prove that pentobarbitone was received and nothing in the diary to show who gave her pentobarbitone.

The judge told the jury that there was a risk that the diary entries may be unreliable, and there was no opportunity to question Treadwell about what she said in it.

The jury should exercise caution about whether to accept the diary entries and what weight to give to them, the judge said.

To find Austen guilty of aiding Treadwell's suicide, the jury had to be sure that Austen helped Treadwell obtain the pentobarbitone she used to commit suicide, that Austen knew Treadwell was contemplating suicide, and by helping Treadwell to obtain pentobarbitone Austen intended to help Treadwell to commit suicide.

As well as charges of importing pentobarbitone relating to two specific packages, Austen was charged with repeatedly importing it from Mexico and China between March 2012 to October 2016.

The jury retired to consider its verdicts at about 10.30am on Friday.

Euthanasia advocate acted with 'true nobility of spirit'

22 February, 2018

A euthanasia advocate accused of helping another woman kill herself acted with "compassion" and "nobility", a jury has been told.

Susan Austen is before the High Court in Wellington accused of assisting the suicide of Annemarie Treadwell in 2016 and of importing the Class C controlled drug, pentobarbitone into New Zealand.

Ms Treadwell's death was initially treated as not suspicious, but after a suicide note was found the police investigated and a postmortem revealed she had died from pentobarbitone toxicity.

The Crown says she obtained the drug from the defendant and today laid another charge of importing pentobarbitone, relating specifically to the quantity of drug Ms Treadwell used to take her own life.

In her closing address, Crown Prosecutor Kate Feltham told the jury that when Ms Treadwell told Ms Austen of her wish to die and the date she intended taking her own life, the defendant did not suggest she talk to a doctor or get any other help.

Rather she telephoned her and warned her against implicating people from the euthanasia lobby group, Exit New Zealand, in her death.

Ms Feltham said that did not fit with the defence contention that Ms Austen provided pentobarbitone to Ms Treadwell so that she would have the peace of mind of knowing she had the means to take her own life at some stage in the future if she became more ill.

"Why would that be such an issue if this was just a powder to sit in a cupboard and not be used for years? Susan Austen's concern was she knew Annemarie Treadwell wasn't going to let it sit in a cupboard for years."

"She knew it was going to be used and was concerned that in her final months Annemarie Treadwell might tell her daughter where it had come from."

Ms Feltham said Ms Austen was not on trial for being a member of a euthanasia group or for holding meetings at which people discussed suicide.

The defendant went beyond that by importing the drug pentobarbitone into New Zealand and giving it to Ms Treadwell, knowing she'd use it to end her own life, she said.

Ms Feltham said Ms Austen's emails also showed her placing orders for the drug, revealing her knowledge of how to contact people to obtain something that's not readily available or legal here.

Ms Feltham also pointed to emails from Ms Austen to drug suppliers in which she asked them to wrap the bottles differently to avoid the package being intercepted by Customs.

She said it was clear from late 2015 that Ms Treadwell was reaching out to Ms Austen for help to commit suicide, including visiting the defendant's home where the process for obtaining pentobarbitone powder was explained to her.

Defence makes closing address

The only defence witness, a psychologist, Professor Glynn Owens said in a statement there was evidence that people took comfort from having a stock of drugs like pentobarbitone, as it meant they had the means available, if need be, to help them avoid a prolonged death.

In his closing address, defence lawyer Dr Donald Stevens told the jury MsTreadwell had reached a stage in life where disease was producing pain and suffering and her life had become miserable and seemed to her, pointless.

He said Ms Austen had responded to people in that that position with compassion and nobility.

"This case has also for humanity and for others and support for others in their suffering. These are, you might think, amongst the highest qualities human beings can display and they lead to a true nobility of spirit".

Dr Stevens said the euthanasia lobby group, Exit, encouraged people to take responsibility for themselves and the emphasis was on them making their own decisions and implementing them unaided.

"Thus Susan Austen made it clear her role and that of others was limited to provision of information and support, short of helping in the act itself, because the law doesn't allow that support to be given."

"As she told the police, she'd tell people to look up [information about suicide drugs] in the Peaceful Pill handbook, which was available on the internet."

Dr Stevens said the Crown could not prove his client actually intended that MsTreadwell would die when she provided her with the restricted drug pentobarbitone.

"The Crown has to prove that Susan Austen assisted in Annemarie Treadwell's suicide...The assistance has to be in the commission of suicide. You might think it might mean assistance if not in the actual act of committing suicide, then reasonably close to it."

"If it's not close to it then there are difficulties establishing intention...How can it be established that Susan Austen had the intention to assist with a suicide, as opposed to an intention to give Annemarie Treadwell the comfort of knowing she had this [drug] available to her if at some point she decided to use it."

Dr Stevens also criticised the Crown's use of Ms Treadwell's diary, saying her death meant the defence had no opportunity to test her reliability or the accuracy of what she wrote in it.

"Nowhere in the diary does she name the person from whom she got the pentobarbitone. She describes her own efforts to import it and how she went about getting it later on, but nowhere does she describe being given it."

"On that point, the critical issue, the diary is silent, so it can't be used to advance the crown case in the way they think."

Justice Thomas will sum up the case on Friday morning and the jury will then begin its deliberations.

More on the Florida shooting

Please don't mistake this for endorsement. Some things, like the following video, speak for themselves. Other items have a considerable degree of theorising.

CNN censored this student from asking the questions he wanted to ask
WATCH | ROTC student Colton Haab, who shielded students from the school gunman, says CNN scripted the entire townhall event and censored him from asking the questions that he wanted to ask.
Confirmed: David Hogg Works For John Podesta’s ‘Center For American Progress’\

21 February, 2018

The saga continues; David Hogg is not only a crisis actor ready and willing to look good for the cameras in times of trouble, he is also a confirmed puppet for the Podesta funded Center For Amerian Progress. Looking back on his Tweets, we found that David Hogg’s first posts were dedicated to the Podesta organization. He was excited about his new journey and ready to end sexual assault once and for all. On the surface, an organization dedicated to stopping sexual assault sounds noble and appealing, but the fact that it’s a Podesta project can only leave us wondering if their intentions are as good as they say they are.     
As we can see in this photo, Center For American Progress was founded by none other than John Podesta. Besides his love for all things shady and liberal, David Hogg has yet another person claiming he was never a student at Parkland High School and this time, it’s an actual member of Antifa. 
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“David Hogg didn’t attend #Parkland high school. I went to school with him at Redondo Shores High School in California and he graduated in 2015. Here he is in our yearbook from 2015. He always wanted to work for CNN and be an actor.” #GunReformNow#NeverAgain
The Antifa account also posted a screenshot of when David actually graduated and where.

Some are saying that the Laguna Beach Antifa account is “bogus” and should be suspended for hate speech. Antifa suspended for hate speech? That’s a new one. When one of the most violent liberal groups in America can even tell that David Hogg works for them, then there’s a problem. Here is another photo that’s been circulating the internet: It’s a picture of what appears to be David Hogg in a CNN shirt getting ready for his next gig. 
The arguments for this just being a conspiracy theory, that David Hogg is indeed a student at Parkland High School are as follows: “This is bogus.” “I saw this on 4chan so it can’t possibly be true.” “All the liberals are telling me this theory is just a distraction from gun control debates.” Here it is, the proof right in front of them, and they still choose to defend fake news.

URGENT: Stasi State, Mental Health & the details of the DRILL!


If this was in isolation I could reluctantly accept that this is a possible response to trauma. Taken with other evidence it is at the very least bizarre.

Someone just turned me onto this FBI file from 2011, so I had to check it out for myself and see if it were true.
This file shows the former FBI agent father of the accused "crisis actor", David Hogg, and how he was a special agent for the Crisis Management team, located in SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA in 2011.
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