New Zealand Prime Minister Sabotage of first luxury Adventure Lodge Mystery Explained
The death in circumstances of extreme adventure of undersea explorer Stockton Rush III rekindles memories of the bizarre and even sinister vendetta visited upon his father Stockton Rush Snr while the family was resident in New Zealand.
The episode was notable because the campaign was directed by New Zealand Labour prime minister Wallace Rowling whose political trademark was an apparent lack of passion about anything at all.
Stockton Rush II, the father, established Takaro Lodge near Lake Te Anau. It was the first international style tourist lodge complete with surrounding villas and its purpose was to become the base for the well-off to make adventure journeys into Fiordland.
The low slung central chateau was sympathetic to green values and today’s eco standards and the villas easily blended into the landscape.
Yet reports continued to appear in the media centred on its luxuries especially on its gold bathroom fittings.
It was this concentration on conspicuous consumption symbolised by the gold taps that seemed to drive to distraction Wallace Rowling then finance minister.
The upshot was litigation during the 1970s to and fro all the way to the Privy Council in London running up in two hemispheres tens of millions of dollars of costs in today’s money.
The stated reason for this was that Stockton Rush Snr in establishing and operating Takaro Lodge had somehow failed in terms of “duty.”
Now and following the death in a submersible of his son Stockton Rush Jnr there are some indications that the strange vendetta had little to do with the luxury lodge or indeed with New Zealand at all.
The Stockton Rush family and Wallace Rowling it is now known were all resident in Seattle (pictured when the Rowlings were there) at the same time during the mid 1950s
Central to this story is that in the mid 1950s Rowling won a Fulbright Scholarship and it was this that saw him living and teaching in Seattle, the home base of the Stockton Rush dynasty which traces its origins to the Founding Fathers.
Did Rowling have an emotionally bruising encounter, perhaps centred on schooling? Did the future high-flying New Zealand Labour Party politician believe himself to have been high-hatted, belittled by the dynastic tycoon?
Was there friction perhaps at a Seattle PTA?
Stockton Rush Snr, the father, was that rare North American sportsman in that he played and followed rugby football. This leads us to another possibility. Was there an incident in Seattle on the sideline, or even on the pitch itself?
If Rowling considered an honourable and incisive political figure seemed unlikely to hold a grudge then so did ”Tock” Rush, as Stockton Rush Snr was known.
An imposing patrician figure the oilman was pleasant to everyone he met. He tried to help out wherever he could. He was a noted philanthropist.
He was obviously embarrassed by the compounding media furore on embellishments designed for the North American lifestyle tourists symbolised by the gold taps at his Takaro Lodge .
His name badge at any Wellington official function such as the American Chamber of Commerce designated him as merely representing an outfit named “Menlo Atherton Associates.”
His Takaro Lodge generated jobs, demand for local materials, boosted the district’s tourist earnings, and promoted the region internationally as a premium lifestyle destination.
Nowadays Takaro Lodge still under foreign ownership presents a modest picture compared to say a modern iteration of this high end destination theme such as the majestic Wharekauhau Country Estate.
Coincidence among coincidences it is just down a rustic road from the wilderness getaway of James Cameron responsible for generating the contemporary fascination with Titanic.
Wallace Rowling always known as “Bill” was defined as a politician by his piping voice which became increasingly high pitched the more he became vexed and this characteristic awkwardly coincided with the advent of adversary television interviewing.
Did the suave Ivy League Tock Rush become the lightning rod for Rowling’s anger at what we would now term the elites?
In the event the government harassment was successful. Stockton Rush Snr was forced to quit Takaro Lodge after just a few years and with it his dreams of founding an environmental wilderness appreciation tourist centre.
How different things would be now if the adventurous Stockton Rush dynasty had been allowed to pursue its niche tourist destiny in New Zealand?
Instead their South Seas aspirations were deliberately and officially thwarted at every step on the familial favoured path which was the road less travelled.
The treatment handed out by the New Zealand government to the high end tourism investor Stockton “Tock” Rush 11 seems just as shocking even now as the death in pursuit of extreme tourism off the coast of Newfoundland of his aquanaut son Stockton Rush 111.
High Tech heats up von Neumann Bottleneck as do questions on Official Offsets incentives
Artificial intelligence opens up a refrigeration future for New Zealand not seen since the development of frozen meat exports.
The reason is that artificial intelligence processing hubs require cooling on a similar scale to the nation’s meat packing houses known as freezing works.
International data processing hub operators are prospecting in New Zealand for these cooling sites.
A futures and trade-offs market is developing as global companies prepare for the quantum increase in demand for accelerated coolant for the circuitry hubs.
Extra cooling is required everywhere because contrary to a widespread belief, and one propagated by the industry itself, there is no such thing as neural or fuzzy electronic processing that flows like input over the human brain.
What happens is a massive acceleration of the binary impulses through the von Neumann bottleneck.
The faster the binary blips are crammed through this von Neumann bottleneck the greater the electronics under process will come to emulate the output behaviour of the human brain i.e perform virtual or imitated artificial intelligence.
In this process immense heat is generated and it has to be cooled down so that the supporting circuitry does not melt.
It is here that artificial intelligence intersects with that other heating preoccupation of this era which is the atmosphere version.
These hubs for eco ethical reasons are required to be cooled by renewables and this is the reason that New Zealand has become such a focus for these sites
These schemes began to take form under the cryptocurrency upheaval. Cryptocurrency uses a DIY banking method known as blockchain which is allied to but is not actually artificial intelligence.
Blockchain and artificial intelligence are the reasons for the intensity centred on acquiring renewables sites, anywhere.
The Klondyke of this latter day gold rush is the now famed Kaipara River site near Auckland. It has been flooded numerous times this year, often underwater for several days at a time.
But it is near to a national grid substation connection so its value remains unimpaired and so does the determination of its promoters to put a solar generating site on the floodway.
Other similar schemes are planned for other low lying tourist and dairy areas simply because of ready access to the national grid.
As with so many elements relating to the climate and officialdom little is revealed or known about the underpinning arrangements other than that they are on medium term leases.
Who owns them, and for how long? Then what happens?
This fuzziness applies also to the arrangements in removing the imported electro mechanical equipment at the conclusion of the lease, its disposal, and similarly with restoring the underlying pasture.
Artificial intelligence known then as expert systems was launched in 1965. Locally, Victoria University introduced a dedicated artificial intelligence unit 45 years ago.
The current wave of excitement has much to do with the convergence with entertainment such as de-aging, itself an application of facial recognition.
The generative description relates to its ability to learn as it goes along by expanding its own experience in such things as conversation as in the responsive talking or chat robots.
The inclination of the industry is to pretend that the bottleneck named after binary processing pioneer John von Neumann has somehow melted away under neural waves.
This deliberately nurtured fallacy disguises the accelerating intensity of the heat caused by the ever increasing rapidity with which the two binary symbols in the form of the presence of something or the absence of it must be rammed through this same bottleneck in the form of vast even infinite arrays of them functioning under what is known as parallel processing.
The data hubs required for all this need more and still more cooling and there are signs that the promoters will cut any deal to obtain the required eco refrigeration.
The counter trades allowing organisations and even whole countries to offset what they are doing in their own backyard by doing something else in someone else’s are the concealed driver in projects such as the Kaipara River one.
The demand for these trade-offs will increase and the reason is that the refrigeration required by the data and server centres is predicted to boost the greenhouse effect by a recognisable percentage.
Countries for example such as Germany and Switzerland have hitherto sent their energy demands to Russia
They have economies centred on an exceptional reliance on the ultra heavy electronic processing required by applications described as being in the artificial intelligence and blockchain sphere.
They are increasingly turning to remote offsetting schemes such as the Kaipara River one.
Descriptions such as neural or fuzzy are designed to hide the dependence of these data processing centres on old fashioned crackling mechanical circuitry and the resultant need for cooling.
Meanwhile the contractual wiring, the covenants, the official promises underpinning these schemes dependent as they are on imported equipment need to be revealed.
This is especially so after the less than encouraging outcome of the recent government offsets auction.
The notion meanwhile that computing had somehow transcended the laws of physic is an indication of how myths can become accepted and embedded even in a hard-edge industry such as high tech.
All Party Global Acclaim Quest Swamps Pending New Zealand General Election
Distracted, bemused and somewhat entertained by the antics and pratfalls of its parliamentarians the wider electorate is successfully diverted from the hiding in plain sight fact that the pending general election has little to do with them at all.
All the main parties are already fixed in their posture which is an international one centred on year zero and they are all determined to camouflage its damage to the productive economy.
Official figures reveal that attaining northern hemisphere goals will cost the New Zealand taxpayer somewhere in the range of $3 billion to $24 billion.
This is why the government and in fact all the main general election contesting parties prefer to nourish the attention-diverting sideshows which are the staple of its subsidised media.
Even the terrain-wrecking policies of its tree regimen were successfully washed away in a sideshow centred on who was or was not, and why, taking advantage of their position to advance their own personal position.
The issue of the language used in road signage became instantly diverted into a students association identity preoccupation
Could not someone have cut through this with a simple statement such as that the signage priority was safety first and would thus be rendered in the language recognised by the majority of road users?
Then came a conflict of interest saga about who had shares in Auckland Airport and how many times they had been cautioned……………………..
Either way the effect was the same, the airport shares spat successfully obliterated the opposition National Party’s infrastructure policy.
This was karma and the reason is that the modern era of New Zealand’s ambition to style itself as the eco avatar on the global landscape can be traced to the last National government.
It thrust the nation into a straight-jacket of noble intentions including fine detail specifying for example tree conformations.
This now became sanctified by the incoming Labour government which supercharged the existing hair-shirt with a contrived energy shortage accentuating the pain side of the pain-gain purifying equation.
The boot-camp campaign was uninterrupted by Covid and in the event even enhanced by it as the Labour government let it be known that the Covid choreography was itself a blueprint for a similar approach on zero.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine failed to ignite any thaw in the by now indelible belief system even though the supply shortages accelerated world fuel prices everywhere.
The all party silence on all this had greatly profited from a drift to arts and societal education and away from subjects designed to enlighten students on, for example, the good carbon (dioxide) and the bad carbon (monoxide.)
A once global perspective had become narrowed to voguish societal trends.
.There was little appreciation and thus perspective that only several years before it was invaded Ukraine, the largest repository of humus in the world, had overtaken Russia to become the world’s largest grain exporter.
While countries notably those who had for political reason outsourced their energy requirements to Russia now fully alarmed started clutching their remaining nuclear and coal fired power stations New Zealand in contrast maintained full stride as the standard bearer of world purity.
For a country dependent for 80 percent of its livelihood on food exports and with 85 percent of its power from hydro electric and geothermal this determination to prove the nobility of its intentions seems strange.
The main parties irrevocably haloed in the justness of their cause had locked themselves in to the extent that the slip road away from this righteous path provided by the Ukraine invasion was completely ignored.
A collective craving to occupy the world stage and to be seen to be riding high on it is an identifiable mass movement in this South Seas archipelago.
The last of these occurred in the late 1980s when the politico-media-mercantilist class became persuaded that the nation could become a world stage participant in finance.
The result was that the nation lost its entire presence in this same global market.