This video was recorded almost a month ago, in the wake of the volcanic explosion in New Zealand at White island. Since then the fires in Australia have become much worse. 26 humans and many millions of animals have been killed.
The great Australian truther Peekay Censored has done some good videos about what’s going on with these fires (Warning: Explicit Language):
Peekay points out the similarities to the location of the fires and the plans for a new high-speed rail link in South-Eastern Australia.
This was also one of the speculated conspiracies behind the recent California fires, as we covered in this post:
New Zealand is punching above its weight when it comes to innovation but we still have a long way to go to be a worthy competitor to Silicon Valley. I hope the Committee listens to my recommendations and uses this opportunity to massively accelerate Kiwi entrepreneurship.
I’ve received some good feedback about my presentation to Parliament. People can’t believe how bored the politicians looked. I was the last speaker of the day, at the end of a 2 hour+ session, so they probably wanted to wrap it up. I was pleased that the Chair Dr Deborah Russell acknowledged and supported my point on inclusiveness.
The following submission was sent in by John Holt, who founded the Kiwi Landing Pad which has helped more than 6000 New Zealanders launch their businesses in San Francisco and elsewhere. I agree with everything he’s saying, he has some great ideas about metrics.
Fatalities have become a regular thing at Burning Man; so far this year there have been two (possibly three with a motorcyclist from Reno killed on the roads outside the event), as well as a plane crash which left 3 people injured (1 seriously).
Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Medical tent to find Shane “Wingman” Billingham, a 33-year old Burner from New Zealand, dead of carbon monoxide poisoning. He was found unresponsive in his vehicle at his camp Beats Boutique. Police are treating the death as suspicious.
Shane Billingham was found dead in a vehicle at the festival, held annually in Nevada, United States, at 6.30pm on Thursday (US time).
The death 33-year-old, from Great Barrier Island, has been deemed suspicious by investigating US authorities.
The Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office said a post-mortem found Billingham has “a concentration of carbon monoxide in his blood which would be considered poisonous to human life. Preliminary toxicology showed the presence of controlled substances to be an exacerbating factor”…
A friend of Billingham’s told Stuff the Kiwi was a “great guy” who travelled a lot and dabbled in lots of things, but loved music. “[He was] just a joy to be around … He was very creative, loved playing and being involved in all types of music.”
A fundraiser started by Billingham’s sister to bring his body home has raised $13,795 from 186 people in 9 hours.
Great Barrier Island is the sixth-largest island in New Zealand, about 100 kilometers from Auckland. Its population is 939.
Wingman was an experienced Burner, having attended in 2014 and 2017:
A spokesperson for the Burning Man organization said Billingham was discovered unresponsive in his vehicle at his camp, Beats Boutique, at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Bystanders immediately began CPR and emergency responders arrived shortly after. Billingham was then transferred to Burning Man’s onsite emergency care center where he was declared dead by an on-duty emergency physician shortly after.
Steve MacWithey, lead of Beats Boutique camp where Billingham was staying, said Billingham was one of his best friends.
“He was one of the best people I’ve ever known,” MacWithey said, burying his face in his palms as he wept…MacWithey described his friend as a hard worker, a lover of sustainable farming and someone who could always be counted on. Billingham was tall, blonde, handsome and bore a resemblance to Kid Rock, he said.
Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen issued a statement about the investigation into the death.
Police were investigating the death as “suspicious,” Pershing County Sheriff’s Jerry Allen said in a statement.
“Preliminary toxicology showed the presence of controlled substances to be an exacerbating factor,” he said.
“Quantitative analysis of the toxicology will not be available for a few weeks.”
He said Pershing County Deputies responded to a report of a death at the festival on 29 August (local time).
“The male subject had already been transported to the Rampart medical tent, within the confined area of the festival,” Mr Allen said.
“Coroners were advised by doctors on site they had already declared the male subject deceased. The scene was secured to be investigated and a deputy coroner transported the decedent to the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.”
An unconfirmed report suggests that he fell asleep in his car with the air conditioner running, too close to exhaust from a generator.
Rest in peace, Wingman. Kua hinga te tōtara i Te Waonui-a-Tāne.