@ Joe Wylie: Is that pic of 'mud volcano' whats meant meant by 'liquifaction' .. or something less technical?
Yeah, those media shots of Bob Parker with his sleeves rolled up while accompanying John Key in the CBD look like great PR to me. I'm really straining myself trying to imagine Mr Anderton in similar attire, lol.
Dare I say it.. no more aftershocks since that 5 pointer
My two friends on Wainoni Rd one block from Avonside Dr now have power back on. Other friend on Avonside Dr near Stanmore Rd does too. But not the one on Colishaw St.
Sheet, that was a big aftershock...
Avonside Girls' is on Colishaw/Avonside Dr
Woken by a jiggy aftershock around 6am. Outside now at 7am its grey, overcast, very still. Last night I got a bit of a shock at the 6pm news singling out Avonside as worst affected. My son and his friend had come home and said the footbridges were screwed but I didn't stop to think about it until I saw the tv pix. Later I cycled 500m up Kerrs Rd towards the river and got a clear idea of how far the power is out. I was heading to friends on Wainoni Rd, one of whom lives on a hill - the only noticeable hill around here - near Porritt Park. He'd been around earlier and had no power either but was right about it being so dark made excellent weather for amateur stargazing.
For years people have assumed the sandy hill along there, from Bickerton St back towards Kerrs Reach, was a remnant of sand dunes , because eons ago its known the beach used to be as close to town as Fitzgerald Ave. Anyway, more recently that hill has been reconsidered, to be far more likely the result of an ancient tsunami. Seems its not just sand when you dig right down into it. Now theres a thought!
On the way back my other friend who lives alone had rigged up her bbq and lit the woodburner. Looks like anyone in a later-model brick home a few blocks back from the river is sitting pretty sweet in terms of visible structural damage. Her neighbours are due back from Melbourne today. They own a lovely historic villa on the Kerrs/Wainoni corner, and the news isn't goregeous. Hopefully today's weather won't be as unpleasant as forecast. Its now starting to get rather windy outside. Time to check out the supermarket I think.
Eew, another jerking aftershock. The chimney hasn't come down yet...
But what about that stunning old Deans' homestead out at Homebush, their magnificent 100+yr old holly hedge is all good, but vid at
Its a lovely sunny day in the burbs, I'm in Avonside/Wainoni area and lots of chimneys on older homes are down or, like mine, crumbling in situ. I have still power but my friends up the road don't. A few shops are open, but not many, and those are only accepting cash. One dairy just tried to sell me a 2l milk for $5, lol, but I decided to cycle home and break out the milk powder for now.
I fell asleep early last night, tired from mowing all the lawns yesterday, so was already up and at my computer at the time the quake hit - had just finished deleting the overnight spam registrations on the Norml forums - and it was a bloody good one, long and noisy. Lots of significant aftershocks since, many not just tiny jolts but jerky jiggles. One rignt now, lasting... 12 seconds.
It was really impressive watching and listening to my house sway and jerk around in the big one, while I could see the BBC on tv in lounge from where I was sheltering in the lee of cupboards/breakfast bar between kitching and dining table. And amazingly, there is no significant damage apart from the header tank in roof sending a wee waterfall down through the wood burner flue gap, which was easily mopped up. There is also the chimney that looks about to crumble, and the few plants, bits of crockery and pictures that fell to the floor.
Another aftershock.... 7 seconds of movement.
I went into a shop yesterday where two of the employees had been charged and bailed. The owners were still locked up. The police had played them the tapes of them giving advice but they didn't have copies yet.
They think at least two, perhaps three different police, male and female, went in wearing recording devices and asked questions about products and growing stuff. Two of them came back twice asking more questions. One of the employees had nothing at home but the other had a grow, just over the guideline size for supply (9 plants)
A copy of the A5 form police had ready to be used is posted here PhotobucketLink Sorry, you might have to squint a bit!
The evening of the shop busts we got a call from a genuine medpot user. He was sitting in his car up the road from his home, returning from work. He had a 5 plant grow in his attic. There were police all over the place waiting for him with his wife and kids.
Police and complicit media are painting the picture of an "organised criminal ring" but in reality there are quite a few very small growers caught up, with genuine need for medicinal use of cannabis. I notice there hasn't been a 'tally up" of plant numbers yet. All they've repeated over is guns, meth etc.
Greg O'Connor on tv1 yesterday "Finally there is going to be a consequence for joining a gang. So far its all been one way traffic..." What a ghastly entertainment circus the first courtcase might become. The poor taxpayer foots the bill again for something so poorly thought out.
"For boys who had been through the juvenile justice system, compared to boys with similar histories without judicial involvement, the odds of adult judicial interventions increased almost seven-fold," says study co-author Richard E. Tremblay...
Thats a good study thanks. There is also a similar idea of "deviance amplified" by sociologist Jock Young.
Bit of a no-brainer really... the old "welcome to the machine", grrr.
Craig Ranapia: Someone might also like to ask when the Government abolished a basic principle of British justice: That people properly charged with crimes are entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law?
Could've beendrugs... the passage of the Misuse of Drugs Act, the presumptions for supply ?? The new Criminal Proceeds Recovery Bill further reverses the onus of proof.
Thanks a mil Mr Poole; "bitching" and "pissy" for what I thought was genuine concern.
The Reform of search and surveillance powers appears to be complementing the proposed Criminal Proceeds Recovery Bill, which provides for asset seizure and forfeiture withoug conviction. Here is the Select Committee report on that. I read the whole Bill quite a while ago while preparing a submission on it. It appeared to allow surveillance on suspicion. There was no definition of 'reasonable grounds' and although I'm not sure that is required, I'm fairly sure I have seen definition of terms used in other Bills.