“..This is climate change: 35,000 walruses forced ashore by melting Arctic sea ice..”

“..With sea ice at record lows -

- the animals were unable to find a place to rest..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

This is climate change: 35,000 walruses forced ashore by melting Arctic sea ice – Salon.com.

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“..California just entered its fourth year of drought: Why things could soon get much worse..”

“..The 2014 water year was California’s driest since 1977..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

California just entered its fourth year of drought: Why things could soon get much worse – Salon.com.

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“..The Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation..”

“..An in-depth interview with the SpaceX founder on how we could make it to Mars —

- and why it’s important for us to get there..”

(cont..)

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The Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation – Ross Andersen – Aeon.

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“..Hong Kong: China warns of ‘unimaginable consequences’ if pro-democracy demonstrations continue..”

“..While former governor Lord Patten tells Beijing they are reneging on two-system agreement made in 1997..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Hong Kong: China warns of ‘unimaginable consequences’ if pro-democracy demonstrations continue – Asia – World – The Independent.

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“..Full 2015 Laneway line-up announced..”

“..here we take a brief look at ten acts who seem sure to impress..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Full 2015 Laneway line-up announced – Entertainment – NZ Herald News.

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“..How fruit drinks are causing tooth decay in toddlers..”

“..Juice drinks aimed at infants are simply not necessary-

- and only contribute to children developing a sweet tooth..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

How fruit drinks are causing tooth decay in toddlers – Features – Health & Families – The Independent.

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“..Society of Biology Photography Award 2014..”

“..shortlist features a sea turtle eating a jellyfish -

- a spider at sunset -

- and a chick embryo..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Society of Biology Photography Award 2014 shortlist features a sea turtle eating a jellyfish, a spider at sunset and a chick embryo – News – Art – The Independent.

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“..Norway is the best country in the world to grow old in, according to a global index ranking the quality of life for the elderly..”

“..The Scandinavian country topped the 2014 Global AgeWatch Index of 96 nations -

- followed closely by Sweden – Switzerland – Canada – and Germany..”

(cont..)

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Revealed: The best and worst countries in the world to grow old – Europe – World – The Independent.

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“..Behind the Scenes of Our Tense Segment on The Daily Show..” 

(ed:..the issue of ‘the redskins’ football team..

..link has segment…)

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Behind the Scenes of Our Tense Segment on The Daily Show | Migizi Pensoneau.

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“..Stevie Nicks’ New Track ‘Mabel Normand’ Is A Brutal Look At ‘What Drugs Can Do To You’..” (video..)

“..Nicks was inspired by the actress after she saw a documentary -

- which portrayed Normand’s life as a cocaine addict.

‘She was really walking on the edge for a lot of her life’ Nicks said.

‘And I was walking on the edge – too’.

She wrote the track in 1985 and remembered -

- ’1984 into 1985 was a dangerous year in my life.

I definitely could have died’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Stevie Nicks’ New Track ‘Mabel Normand’ Is A Brutal Look At ‘What Drugs Can Do To You’.

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“..Dog Bites – Workplace Accidents – and 4 Other Things That Killed More Americans Than Terrorism Last Year..”

“..country has blown the threat of violence from terrorists way out of proportion..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Dog Bites, Workplace Accidents and 4 Other Things That Killed More Americans Than Terrorism Last Year | Alternet.

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“..5 Facts About the Creepily Close Ties Between Pharmaceutical Companies and Doctors..”

“..Payments from Big Pharma reach hundreds of thousands of doctors..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

5 Facts About the Creepily Close Ties Between Pharmaceutical Companies and Doctors | Alternet.

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“..Chomsky: Corporations and the Richest Americans Viscerally Oppose the Common Good..”

“..The Masters of Mankind want us to become the ‘stupid nation’ -

- in the interests of their short-term gain..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Chomsky: Corporations and the Richest Americans Viscerally Oppose the Common Good | Alternet.

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“..An archive of wacky British inventions – in pictures..”

“..An archive of weird and wacky innovations..”

(cont..)

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An archive of wacky British inventions – in pictures | UK news | The Guardian.

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“..Below the poverty line: slum Britain in the 1960s – in pictures..”

“..Photographer Nick Hedges travelled from Birmingham slums to Glasgow tenements in the 1960s and 70s -

- to document poverty-stricken Britain.

He found families who slept with the lights blazing to keep the rats away -

- children sleeping on wet floors -

- and mothers cooking over an open fire..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Below the poverty line: slum Britain in the 1960s – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

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“..The data revolution is coming – and it will unlock the corridors of power..”

“..Computer geeks and government statisticians are joining a UN initiative to raise the information bar..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The data revolution is coming and it will unlock the corridors of power | Claire Melamed | Global development | The Guardian.

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“..Austerity has been an utter disaster for the eurozone..”

“..All of the suffering in Europe –

- inflicted in the service of a man-made artifice -

- the euro –

- is even more tragic for being unnecessary -

- writes Joseph Stiglitz..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Austerity has been an utter disaster for the eurozone | Business | The Guardian.

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“..The Tories are trying to erase working people from history..”

“..Slashing funds for the People’s History Museum in Manchester is a malicious – politically motivated attack-

- on the labour movement..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The Tories are trying to erase working people from history | Len McCluskey | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..George Monbiot:..Why stop at Isis when we could bomb the whole Muslim world?..”

“..Humanitarian arguments – if consistently applied -

- could be used to flatten the entire Middle East..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Why stop at Isis when we could bomb the whole Muslim world? | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..The Tories at war: troublemakers – egotists – and backstabbers..”

“..Ukip defections – leadership manoeuvring – and poll panics -

- are eating away at the Tories.

John Harris outlines the ructions in the ranks –

- and breaks down the competing factions..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

The Tories at war: troublemakers, egotists and backstabbers | Politics | The Guardian.

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“..seven fashion trends from the Festival of Thrift..”

“..second Festival of Thrift this weekend saw 40,000 people descend on Darlington -

- for a weekend of upcycling – recycling – make do – and mend -

- discothrift – and edible manicures.

Here are the highlights..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

From edicures to utilitarian up-dos: seven fashion trends from the Festival of Thrift | Fashion | The Guardian.

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“..Beatles cover versions: 10 of the best..”

“..There are thousands of Beatles covers -

- but which ones are worth listening to?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Beatles cover versions: 10 of the best | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Japanese broker makes £380bn ‘fat finger’ trade..”

“..Trader bought large stake in Toyota – Sony – and Honda

- before cancelling them..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Japanese broker makes £380bn ‘fat finger’ trade | Business | The Guardian.

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“..China doesn’t know how to respond to Hong Kong’s umbrella revolution..”

“..Democratic reform would threaten the one-party state-

- and its beneficiaries among the monied elites of Hong Kong..”

(cont..)

(ed:..the chinese will also be terrified lest these demonstrations spread to the mainland..)

go to source/story>>>

China doesn’t know how to respond to Hong Kong’s umbrella revolution | Wu’er Kaixi | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..Hong Kong protest leaders threaten to occupy government buildings..”

“..Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have threatened to occupy government buildings -

- if the region’s chief executive does not resign by the end of Thursday -

- amid growing uncertainty about where the demonstrations are heading..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Hong Kong protest leaders threaten to occupy government buildings | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Hong Kong leader jeered as he celebrates China’s National Day..”

“..Chief executive Leung Chun-ying took part in the ceremony –

- marking the anniversary of the founding of Communist China in 1949 –

- as hundreds of protesters behind police barricades yelled at him to step down -

- although they fell silent and turned their backs when the ceremony began..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Hong Kong leader jeered as he celebrates China’s National Day – World – NZ Herald News.

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“..Warriors caught up in $6m tourism scandal..”

“..The Warriors are caught up in an investigation into a Maori tourism qualification -

- involving alleged overpayments of $6 million of taxpayers’ money..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Exclusive: Warriors caught up in $6m tourism scandal – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Fuel-cell sedan offers alternative..”

“..Fuel cell cars emit nothing but water vapour from the tailpipe -

- and can operate on renewable hydrogen gas.

The first of these green vehicles should be for sale to the public in 2015 –

- but how do they work?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Fuel-cell sedan offers alternative | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Ello – goodbye: five social network flops..”

“..Social networks come and go -

- but some last longer than others.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane..”

(cont..)

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Ello, goodbye: five social network flops | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Memo to Labour: it’s also the policy..”

“..But what if Parker is part of the problem?

Or more specifically – some of the most cherished elements of the economic programme Parker has spent six years honing -

- and which signally failed to ignite sufficient public support on election day?

The three biggest problems: a capital gains tax as the answer to the country’s misallocation of capital -

- raising the pension age to 67 -

- and an electricity policy so complicated it left power company executives begging for price regulation instead..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Memo to Labour: it’s also the policy | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..600-year-old waka surprises researchers..”

“..An ancient waka found on the South Island’s West Coast has created a scientific sensation around the world.

The 600-year-old canoe – with a turtle carved on its hull-

- is proving that Polynesians sailed between what is now French Polynesia and New Zealand..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

600-year-old waka surprises researchers | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Cunliffe: I’m not into gutter politics..”

“..Labour leadership hopeful David Cunliffe says he is appealing for the party to come back from the edge -

- as it plunges into what is set to be a bitter contest for the top job..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Cunliffe: I’m not into gutter politics | Stuff.co.nz.

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petrol to go up in price..

“..A slump in the New Zealand dollar to what Prime Minister John Key says is the ‘Goldilocks’ fair-value-

- could see motorists paying record prices in excess of $2.30 a litre for fuel..”

(cont..)

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If dollar slumps, Kiwis cop it at the pumps | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Robert Reich: The Reagan revolution is killing America’s middle class..”

“..The former secretary of labor explains why the economy will never benefit from the rich having more money..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Robert Reich: The Reagan revolution is killing America’s middle class – Salon.com.

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“..California makes history by banning plastic bags: Here’s what we should take on next..”

“..Banning plastic bags is a good start.

Cutting down on these other wasteful products would be even better..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

California makes history by banning plastic bags: Here’s what we should take on next – Salon.com.

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“..Touch-Controlled Headphones That Know When They’re on Your Head..”

“..Calling Parrot’s new Zik 2.0 headphones ‘headphones’ -

- is like calling the Iron Man suit a ‘shirt’.

These cans are loaded with sensors – connectivity options – noise-cancellation features – and gesture controls.

And naturally – they also have their own sidecar app..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Touch-Controlled Headphones That Know When They’re on Your Head | WIRED.

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“..7 Simple Ways to Make Every City Friendlier to Pedestrians..”

“..the non-profit San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) -

- wrote a 67-page report looking at building and design..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

7 Simple Ways to Make Every City Friendlier to Pedestrians | WIRED.

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“..21 Awesomely Well-Designed Products We’re Dying to Own..”

“..We’re always scouring the world of products for whatever’s most innovative – clever – and beautiful..”

(cont..)

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21 Awesomely Well-Designed Products We’re Dying to Own | WIRED.

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“..Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings – But Love Drone Killings?..”

“..How is it that even members of peace groups have now come to support US bombing?..”

(cont..)

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Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings?:  Information Clearing House – ICH.

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“..Look around – ISIS’s Acolytes Are Just Apprentices At Atrocity..”

“..Compared to the acts committed by Kabila’s military and the rebels fighting it -

- and the interventions by neighbouring Rwanda -

- the 20,000 or so fighters of ISIS are tenderfoot apprentices in the atrocity business..”

(cont..)

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Look around, ISIS’s Acolytes Are Just Apprentices At Atrocity :  Information Clearing House – ICH.

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