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For the Tolkien fan traveling to New Zealand

Are you fed up with politics? Me too. Here’s a link for an armchair journey through Peter Jackson’s filming locations in New Zealand. Click Me

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23 LORD OF THE RINGS LOCATIONS YOU CAN’T MISS IN NEW ZEALAND

WHERE WAS THE LORD OF THE RINGS FILMED IN NEW ZEALAND?
As soon as you start leave the cities in New Zealand it is completely obvious that this is Middle-earth. Any of the rolling green hills could be The Shire. Then you are in for some spectacular Lord of the Rings scenery as you approach the grand mountains and forests in the South Island.
Arguably, it was the success of The Lord of the Rings movies that showcased New Zealand’s sheer beauty to the world. Now you can visit these locations on a road trip around New Zealand. We have only listed the Lord of the Rings locations that you can get to via hiking track, gravel road or sealed road, otherwise you would need a helicopter to get to some of the more remote places.
Die-hard fans might want to consider a Lord of the Rings tour to see some secret filming locations, which often includes costumes to re-enact scenes. Get your geek on!

http://www.backpackerguide.nz/11-lord-of-the-rings-locations-you-cant-miss-in-new-zealand/


Happy Travels

Who wants semen beer?

Not me.

But New Zealanders evidently do.

deer semen beer

Korin Miller reports for the New York Post, Aug. 7, 2015, the Green Man pub in Wellington, New Zealand, will soon serve a “milked” stout that features “export quality” deer semen, pub co-owner Steve Drummond told Stuff.co.nz.

This isn’t the first time the pub has served semen alcohol: In 2011, it offered apple-infused horse semen shots and sold syringes of deer semen in 2013.

Green Man duty manager Shannon Elvy with semen beer

There is even a a semen bartender’s handbook titled Semenology. The book’s jacket touts it as the “ultimate handbook for mixologists looking for ingredients that go beyond exotic fruit juices and rare spirits. Driven by a commitment and passion for the freshly harvested ingredient, Semenology pushes the limits of classic bartending.”

Things I never wanted to learn: In addition to semen beer, there’s a cookbook, Natural Harvest, filled with “semen-based recipes” for a mere $22.46. Author Paul “Fotie” Photenhauer writes in the book’s introduction: “Semen is not only nutritious, but it also has a palatable texture and wonderful cooking properties. Like fine wine and cheeses, the taste of semen is complex and dynamic.”

Thankfully, the book includes the following notice: “This cookbook is written for consenting diners of semen. Please do not add semen to your guests’ food without informing them beforehand.”

Korin Miller asks:

We have so many questions: Who comes up with this stuff? Why would anyone in their right mind buy any of these products, let alone consume them? And finally (and perhaps most importantly): How long will it take us to get to the nearest shower?

To the above I add:

Just what is wrong with people?

But then I remembered that a Planned Parenthood counselor advised a teenage girl to defecate and urinate on her sexual partner(s). The Untied [sic] States of America is no better than New Zealand. We’re worse.

H/t FOTM’s maziel

See also:

~Éowyn

The Hobbit goes flying: Air NZ’s epic safety video

New Zealand is and will always be the closest we’d ever get to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

Epic!

I can hardly wait for December 17, when the 3rd of The Hobbit movie trilogy, “The Battle of the Five Armies,” comes to our movie screens.

It’ll be bitter sweet — probably our last visit to Middle-earth as the Tolkien Estate has not given screen rights approval to Tolkien’s other literary works beyond The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

H/t GoodNewsNetwork and FOTM’s CSM

~Eowyn

Creation: The Milky Way

Mark Gee is the winner of the Earth & Space category and the overall winner of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013.

This is his breathtaking winning photo — of the Milky Way, taken from Cape Palliser, New Zealand.

Click pic to enlarge. You must!🙂

The Milky Way from New Zealand Source: The Guardian

H/t FOTM’s Joseph

~Eowyn

The Left approve of stealing your bank savings

Five days ago, on March 16, 2013, the people of Cyprus were told by the grand poobahs of the Eurozone that as much as 10% of the deposits in their personal bank accounts would be “levied”, in exchange for a $13 billion (€10 billion) bail-out of their heavily indebted country to avoid bankruptcy and a banking collapse.

Cyprus is a small island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to the east of Greece, and a member of the European Union (EU). The Eurozone is an economic and monetary union of 17 EU member states that have adopted the euro (€) as their common currency and sole legal tender.

The Eurozone’s levy was contingent on the approval of the Cypriot parliament, but parliament resoundingly rejected the levy. Meanwhile, to prevent a bank run, banks in Cypriot will remain closed “until next week”, euphemistically called a “bank holiday”.

If you need the grave import of what happened clearly spelled out, here it is:

  1. Money in our personal bank accounts is PRIVATE PROPERTY.
  2. The proposed levy, therefore, is THEFT/ROBBERY.
  3. This is not just another “tax.” This bank levy is particularly pernicious because what is proposed is the seizure of privately-owned bank deposits that had been guaranteed by the government, much like the FDIC bank deposits in the United States. What value does such a guarantee have if it can be withdrawn at will without any advance notice?
  4. A “bank holiday” means you can’t gain access to YOUR OWN MONEY.
  5. Although Cypriot’s parliament rejected the levy, the damage is already done. The Rubicon has been crossed: the idea of “wealth taxation,” that is the involuntary confiscation of privately-owned property, has now been breached. Sure enough, faster than you can say “Jiminy Cricket,” the governments of two other countries — New Zealand and Spain — already are making similar levy noises.

In case you’re doubtful about what the Left here in America think of this theft, below are the approving comments made by the elite of the American Left, posted on Twitchy, March 18, 2013.

FYI:

  • Daniel Weston is a hedge fund manager.
  • Robert Reich was labor secretary in Bill Clinton’s administration and currently Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Steven Greenhouse is a labor and workplace correspondent for the New York Times.
  • Jeffrey Sachs is an economist and director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

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American libs support Cyprus-style wealth confiscation scheme, while bailout roils world markets; Update: Cyprus reportedly stalls bailout vote

Posted at 5:45 am on March 18, 2013 by Twitchy Staff | View Comments 13

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Cyprus depositors should take the deal, getting off easy comprd 2 the wealth tax coming on citizens in other over indebted countries ahead.

Daniel Weston (@danielweston83) March 17, 2013

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Robert Reich @RBReich

Why any sensible tax reform should include a wealth tax on the vast accumulations of wealth at the top. http://robertreich.org/#.UQHU3ySLN6U.twitter …

12:42 AM – 25 Jan 13

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Steven Greenhouse @greenhousenyt

To cut deficit, some say U.S. should look beyond income tax to creating a tax on households’ overall wealth http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/business/yourtaxes/a-wealth-tax-would-look-beyond-income.html?_r=1& …

3:37 PM – 10 Feb 13

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Daily Kos         @dailykos

GOP cranks up class warfare again with tax-break plans. Time for a wealth tax http://bit.ly/XG9MVM 

2:49 PM – 21 Oct 12

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A big h/t to FOTM’s Anon.

~Eowyn

North Korea: “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!”

big bad wolfMore Porky Pig than Big Bad Wolf: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un

The psychotic regime in North Korea has become even more unhinged lately.

After the UN voted to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test, the regime threatened a pre-emptive nuclear attack on the United States.

Then, protesting the beginning of annual joint US-South Korea military exercises, Pyongyang unilaterally declares it has voided the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, and warned that the next step was an act of “merciless” military retaliation against its enemies.

Because the Korean War was concluded with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, the two Koreas have always remained technically at war. Voiding the ceasefire theoretically opens the way to a resumption of hostilities, although observers note this is far from the first time that North Korea has announced the demise of the armistice.

Pyongyang’s huffing-and-puffing has inspired The Civilian, a prankster “news” site in New Zealand to post the alarming news that Pyongyang is threatening a nuclear attack on New Zealand, Iceland, and Turkmenistan! (H/t FOTM’s joworth)

So how credible and how effective are North Korea’s threats?

From The Guardian: Although North Korea boasts of nuclear bombs and pre-emptive strikes, it is not thought to have mastered the ability to produce a warhead small enough to put on a missile capable of reaching the US. It is believed to have enough nuclear fuel, however, for a handful of cruder devices. The White House said North Korea’s threats would only lead to Pyongyang’s further international isolation and declared that the United States was ‘fully capable’ of defending against any North Korean missile attack by quickly and easily intercepting any incoming missile.

From Reuters: Even North Korea’s sole ally, the People’s Republic of China, is backing away from Pyongyang. China’s U.N. Ambassador Li Baodong said Beijing wanted to see “full implementation” of the new Security Council resolution, which tightens financial restrictions on Pyongyang and cracks down on its attempts to ship and receive banned cargo.

See also my post of Jan. 27, 2013, “North Koreans driven to cannibalism from famine and govt mismanagement.”

Update (March 15):

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today that the U.S. is deploying 14 new ground-based missile interceptors, probably in Alaska. While officials didn’t say specifically why the missiles are being deployed, but the announcement comes as North Korea has been making bellicose threats to void the armistice that ended the Korean War and launch a nuclear attack on the U.S. The U.S. and South Korea began annual military drills this week despite the North Korean threats.

~Eowyn

No kitty for you!

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New Zealand environmental advocate launches campaign to ban cats as pets

Fox News: Gareth Morgan has a simple dream: a New Zealand free of pet cats that threaten native birds. But the environmental advocate has triggered a claws-out backlash with his new anti-feline campaign.

Morgan called on his countrymen Tuesday to make their current cat their last  in order to save the nation’s unique bird species. He set up a website, called Cats To Go, depicting a tiny kitten with red devil’s horns. The opening line:  “That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer.”

He doesn’t recommended people euthanize their current cats — “Not  necessarily but that is an option are the site’s exact words — but rather  neuter them and not replace them when they die. Morgan, an economist and  well-known businessman, also suggests people keep cats indoors and that local governments make registration mandatory.

Morgan’s campaign is not sitting well in a country that boasts one of the  highest cat ownership rates in the world. “I say to Gareth Morgan, butt out of our lives,” Bob Kerridge, the president  of the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told  the current affairs television show Campbell Live. “Don’t deprive us of the  beautiful companionship that a cat can provide individually and as a family.”

For thousands of years, New Zealand’s native birds had no predators and  flourished. Some species, like the kiwi, became flightless. But the arrival of  mankind and its introduction of predators like cats, dogs and rodents has wiped  out some native bird species altogether and endangered many others.

“Imagine a New Zealand teeming with native wildlife, penguins on the beach,  kiwis roaming about in your garden,” Morgan writes on his website. “Imagine  hearing birdsong in our cities.”

But many New Zealanders are against the campaign. Even on Morgan’s website,  70 percent on Tuesday were voting against making their current cat their  last.

Morgan could not be reached on Tuesday.

And the science remains unclear. Some argue that cats may actually help native birds by reducing the population of rodents, which sometimes feed on bird eggs.

Morgan’s separate personal blog, in fact, has a separate campaign to raise $1  million to eradicate mice from the remote Antipodes Islands, where rodents are  the only predators.

A 2011 survey by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council found that 48  percent of households in New Zealand owned at least one cat, a significantly  higher rate than in other developed nations. The survey put the total cat  population at 1.4 million.

In the U.S., 33 percent of households own at least one cat for a total of 86  million domestic cats, according to a 2012 survey by the American Pet Products  Association.

Scientist David Winter said cats are indeed a problem in New Zealand, having  contributed to the extinction of at least half a dozen New Zealand bird species.  Writing on his blog “The Atavism,” Winter said Morgan’s campaign appeared  designed to “start conversations.”

Still, he added, “What hope is there for environmentalists in conversation where our side wants to take people’s kittens away?”

There is no conversation to be had if you try and take away my kitties (Baby, pictured above)! Silly man…

DCG