“..For Whom The Taika Roars – (An Open Letter to Taika Waititi)..”

“..Tena koe Taika –

- I hear you’ve written the screenplay for Disney’s new film about the voyaging traditions of our tipuna..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

For Whom The Taika Roars (An Open Letter to Taika Waititi) | The Non-Plastic Maori.

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“..Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century – in 20 minutes..”

“..Piketty’s bestselling economics book is seismic – a vital infusion of data into the ideological debate over economics -

- but it’s also 700 pages long.

That’s not because the argument is difficult to lay out -

- it’s because the evidence to support it is so prodigious..”

(cont..)

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Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, in 20 minutes – Boing Boing.

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“..GeekGirlCon is an oasis of acceptance..”

“..how a convention creates a welcoming space with language..”

(cont..)

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GeekGirlCon is an oasis of acceptance – Boing Boing.

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“..Glenn Greenwald:..Canada – At War For 13 Years – Shocked That ‘A Terrorist’ Attacked Its Soldiers..”

“..It is always stunning when a country that has brought violence and military force to numerous countries -

- acts shocked and bewildered when someone brings a tiny faction of that violence back to that country..”

(cont..)

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  Canada, At War For 13 Years, Shocked That ‘A Terrorist’ Attacked Its Soldiers:  Information Clearing House – ICH.

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 ”..John Pilger:..The Forgotten Coup – How America and Britain Crushed the Government of Their ‘Ally’ – Australia..”

“..Australian politics never recovered – nor did the nation regain its true independence..”

(cont..)

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 The Forgotten Coup – How America and Britain Crushed the Government of Their ‘Ally’, Australia :  Information Clearing House – ICH.

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“..Leaving Google for DuckDuckGo..”

“..Believe it or not – there is a search engine that doesn’t invade your online privacy..”

(cont..)

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Leaving Google for DuckDuckGo – Science and Technology – Utne Reader.

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“..’Hurt That Bitch’: What Undercover Investigators Saw Inside a Factory Farm..”

“..Overworked and undertrained workers say they -

- ‘gotta do what you gotta do to push those #@$%ing pigs’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

“Hurt That Bitch”: What Undercover Investigators Saw Inside a Factory Farm | Mother Jones.

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“..10 Shots From an Incredible New Trove of Depression and World War II Photos..”

“..Between 1935 and 1944 – the Farm Security Agency-Office of War Information dispatched photographers to all ends of the United States -

- to document life during hard times and wartime.

Many of their photos – taken by now-legendary photographers like Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans -

- have become iconic representations of America during the Depression and World War II.

But most of the hundreds of thousands of negatives – collected in what became known as ‘The File’ -

- were never seen by the public.

No longer..”

(cont..)

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10 Shots From an Incredible New Trove of Depression and World War II Photos | Mother Jones.

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“..William Gibson: The Future Will View Us ‘As a Joke’..”

“..The dystopian author on time travel – cronuts – and his 22nd-century novel..”

(cont..)

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William Gibson: The Future Will View Us “As a Joke” | Mother Jones.

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“..From Bush to Obama: American exceptionalism is a plague on our collective conscience..”

“..The same myopia has afflicted both administrations.

It’s time we confront the truth about ourselves as a nation..”

(cont..)

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From Bush to Obama: American exceptionalism is a plague on our collective conscience – Salon.com.

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“..This is the infectious disease you should be worried about..”

“..The World Health Organization warns that multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is a global threat..”

(cont..)

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This is the infectious disease you should be worried about – Salon.com.

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“..11 truly horrifying fast food creations..”

“..Cheese sauce on *everything*..”

(cont..)

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11 truly horrifying fast food creations – Salon.com.

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“..Silicon Valley will destroy your job: Amazon – Facebook – and our sick new economy..”

“..The ‘sharing economy’ makes Silicon Valley rich -

- and takes from the rest of us.

We ignore this at our imminent peril..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Silicon Valley will destroy your job: Amazon, Facebook and our sick new economy – Salon.com.

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“..The Catholic Church is changing – and the gates of reaction shall not prevail against it..”

“..Some US members of the Church have accused Francis of ‘speaking heresy’ –

- but can you be more Catholic than the Pope?..”

(cont..)

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The Catholic Church is changing – and the gates of reaction shall not prevail against it – Europe – World – The Independent.

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“..Powerful New Microscope Allows Scientists To View The World Like Never Before..”

“..You’ve never seen cells up-close quite like this..”

(cont..)

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Powerful New Microscope Allows Scientists To View The World Like Never Before.

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“..The DEA Once Turned A 14-Year-Old Into A Drug Kingpin – Welcome To The War On Drugs..”

“..Thousands of people on both sides of the battle have lost their lives.

In the end – it’s led only to cheaper – higher quality drugs at home and abroad -

- and by most accounts – little change in the number of people using them..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

The DEA Once Turned A 14-Year-Old Into A Drug Kingpin. Welcome To The War On Drugs.

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“..Is There a Case to Be Made for Eating Vegan Donuts?..”

“..Vegan donuts may carry less guilt in eating them -

- but are they any healthier?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Is There a Case to Be Made for Eating Vegan Donuts? | Alternet.

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“..Science Busts One of the Most Common Myths About Smoking Pot..”

“..A recent study proves what most real-life pot smokers already know..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Science Busts One of the Most Common Myths About Smoking Pot | Alternet.

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“..Krugman Dismantles the Right’s Hysterical Fear of Actual Democracy..”

“..Plutocrats – they all think alike.

Take the leader of Hong Kong – Paul Krugman writes in his column Friday-

- who accidentally blurted out the truth when he expressed his opposition to the pro-democracy demonstrators’ demand for open voting.

‘You would be talking to half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than $1,800 a month.

Then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies’ he said…”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Krugman Dismantles the Right’s Hysterical Fear of Actual Democracy | Alternet.

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“..Marijuana Advocates Challenge Police to ‘Drug Duels’ – to Prove Pot Is Safer than Booze..”

“..Legalization battles heat up in Maine – Oregon – and Alaska..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Marijuana Advocates Challenge Police to ‘Drug Duels’ to Prove Pot Is Safer than Booze | Alternet.

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“..Did Elizabeth Warren Just Open the Door to a White House Run?..”

“..After months of insisting that a 2016 bid is off the table -

- the Massachusetts senator sounds a different note..”

(cont..)

(ed:..yes please..!..i hope so..!..)

go to source/story>>>

Did Elizabeth Warren Just Open the Door to a White House Run? | Alternet.

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“..Noam Chomsky: The One Big Thing America Needs to Do – to Turn Itself Around..”

“..We could start by actually living up to our own laws..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Noam Chomsky: The One Big Thing America Needs to Do to Turn Itself Around | Alternet.

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“..Popular Asthma Drug’s Deadly Side-Effects Revealed – (Once Merck Stopped Making Money from It)..”

“..Now that the patent has run out on Singulair -

- its dangers are being acknowledged..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Popular Asthma Drug’s Deadly Side-Effects Revealed (Once Merck Stopped Making Money from It) | Alternet.

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“..7 Facts That Show the American Dream Is Dead..”

“..The key elements of the American dream are unreachable-

- for all but the wealthiest..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

7 Facts That Show the American Dream Is Dead | Alternet.

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“..Photo highlights of the day..”

“..a selection of the best photographs from around the world..”

(cont..)

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Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian.

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“..Tim Berners-Lee: hateful people on the web are ‘staggering’..”

“..The web developer expressed his hope for a more civil internet in the future -

- that will ‘keep people on the path of collaborating’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Tim Berners-Lee: hateful people on the web are ‘staggering’ | Technology | The Guardian.

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“..From Twiggy to Germaine Greer: eight classic images of powerful women..”

“..Here – from Twiggy in a trouser suit – to the high-shine shoulderpads of Dynasty -

- eight women write about the most eye-catching looks in the show..”

(cont..)

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From Twiggy to Germaine Greer: eight classic images of powerful women | Fashion | The Guardian.

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“..Ozzy Osbourne urges estranged Black Sabbath member to rejoin band..”

“..Singer says Bill Ward’s absence is the ‘only sad thing’ about the metal group’s recent reformation..”

(cont..)

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Ozzy Osbourne urges estranged Black Sabbath member to rejoin band | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Russell Brand ‘open-minded’ about who was behind 9/11 attacks..”

“..Comedian refers to ‘interesting’ relationship between Bush and Bin Laden -

- during appearance on BBC2’s Newsnight programme..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Russell Brand ‘open-minded’ about who was behind 9/11 attacks | US news | The Guardian.

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“..A tank veteran on Fury: ‘Very realistic – but it can’t come close to the full horror of war’..”

“..Bill Betts – now 91 – was a radio operator on Sherman tanks during the second world war.

He talks about the memories reignited by Fury -

- which stars Brad Pitt as a Sherman tank commander leading his team through Germany in 1945..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

A tank veteran on Fury: ‘Very realistic, but it can’t come close to the full horror of war’ | Film | The Guardian.

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“..Spiritual but not religious? – You’re not alone..”

“..Is it time for rationalists who think ‘spirituality’ is a meaningless term -

- to get over themselves..?..”

(cont..)

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Spiritual but not religious? You’re not alone | Life and style | The Guardian.

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“..George Monbiot:..Ripping up the sea floor – on behalf of royal profits..”

“..Even the pathetic laws protecting marine life in this country are instantly swept aside -

- in response to lobbying by Prince Charles’s tenants..”

(cont..)

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Ripping up the sea floor on behalf of royal profits | George Monbiot | Environment | The Guardian.

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“..Ten things we learned this week..” (+ comment:..ed:..i should do one of these things..)

“..a roundup of the week’s news..”

(cont..)

(ed:..this is british-based..but it makes me think i should do something similar with each weeks’ cache of whoar-stories..?

..pick out the best of the best..working title:..’the un-missables’..?..)

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Ten things we learned this week | UK news | The Guardian.

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“..Jake and Dinos Chapman review – a hilarious – horrifying orgy – of darkness..”

“..From copulating plastic dinosaurs – to crucified Ronald McDonalds -

- and the severed feet of God -

- the arch-provocateurs’ teeming macabre landscapes offer a powerful vision of modern brutality..”

(cont..)

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Jake and Dinos Chapman review – a hilarious, horrifying orgy of darkness | Art and design | The Guardian.

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“..Transrealism: the first major literary movement of the 21st century?..”

“..It’s not science fiction – it’s not realism –

- but hovers in the unsettling zone in between.

From Philip K Dick to Stephen King – Damien Walter takes a tour through transrealism -

- the emerging genre aiming to kill off ‘consensus reality’..”

(cont..)

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Transrealism: the first major literary movement of the 21st century? | Books | The Guardian.

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“..Why you should never ever wash your jeans (unless you really really have to)..”

“..But what on earth do you do when nobody wants to come near you any more?..”

(cont..)

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Why you should never, ever wash your jeans (unless you really, really have to) | Fashion | The Guardian.

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“..A tale of two New York Cities: I was rich – my brother was down and out..”

“..It is the city of dreams and cinema cliches -

- but also of poverty – soaring rents – and inequality.

The divide between rich and poor has never been greater -

- as John Freeman discovered when his brother Tim moved into a homeless shelter a few blocks from his smart apartment..”

(cont..)

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A tale of two New York Cities: I was rich, my brother was down and out | Books | The Guardian.

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“..The royal tweet: Queen sends first Twitter message..”

“..Queen sent the message from the Science Museum in London -

- where she opened an exhibition about the information age..”

(cont.)

(ed:..can we expect her to over-share..?..

..i don’t think so..eh..?..)

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The royal tweet: Queen sends first Twitter message | UK news | The Guardian.

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“..David Cameron refuses to pay £1.7bn EU bill by 1 December deadline..”

“..Prime minister launches scathing attack on ‘appalling’ behaviour of European Commission -

- saying its demands are unacceptable..”

(cont..)

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David Cameron refuses to pay £1.7bn EU bill by 1 December deadline | Politics | The Guardian.

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rightwing-commentator turns on key for his ‘i was not the prime minister at that moment in time’ defense.. (+..the flash-card ‘solution’..)

“..When it’s the Prime Minister who is being asked to account for his own actions during Question Time -

- resorting to semantic gymnastics and logical contortions to avoid accountability -

- just looks too cute by half..”

(cont..)

(ed:..and of course..if our corporate-media had any testicular-fortitude – they would riff this one back at key..

..and whenever he made some po-faced announcement about whatever..to ask him..po-faced back at him..

..if he was actually the prime minister at that particular moment in time..

(perhaps key should carry around a series of flash-cards for journalists..?

..he cd hold up the appropriate-card for for whoever he is at that instant..

..cards ranging from ‘prime minister’ – thru to ‘just some rich rightwing-prick from parnell’..)

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Fran O’Sullivan: Key misses opportunity to clear air with more questions to come – Politics – NZ Herald News.

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