“..Billy Corgan: ‘Nobody believes I made a three-star record. Nobody!’..”

“..We had questions for the Smashing Pumpkins star about cats – astrology – and experimentalism -

- but first we had to get the issue of the Guardian’s three-star review of his latest album out of the way..”

(cont..)

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Billy Corgan: ‘Nobody believes I made a three-star record. Nobody!’ | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Low-income families’ safety net needs repair..”

“..In the 1991 Budget – the universal child benefit was abolished -

- and income support benefits were cut by about 21 per cent -

- resulting in a doubling of children in poverty.

Children in ‘beneficiary’ families were particularly badly affected –

- the proportion of children in poverty supported by a benefit rose from 25 to 75 per cent -

- and there it stays still -

- as the level of benefits has not been restored relatively -

- and such families do not get the full package of child-related tax credits..”

(cont..)

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Innes Asher: Low-income families’ safety net needs repair – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..Dominic Corry: My top 10 movies of 2014..”

“..A relatively high number of films struck a chord with Dominic Corry this year..”

(cont..)

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Dominic Corry: My top 10 movies of 2014 – Entertainment – NZ Herald News.

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“..Dita De Boni: Our teachers really do know best..”

“..Educators are wholly dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for students -

- so let’s leave them to it..”

(cont..)

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Dita De Boni: Our teachers really do know best – Politics – NZ Herald News.

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“..Report contradicts Gerry Brownlee’s version of events..”

“..The Civil Aviation Authority’s report into former Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee’s security breach at Christchurch Airport -

- contradicts the version of events he provided to reporters at the time.

Following the July breach – Mr Brownlee claimed he was given permission by an airport staff member manning a secure exit door to bypass security.

“My words were: ‘We’re in a hurry to get on the plane.

Can we shoot through here?’

In the end he let us through – but it was all my fault – no one else’s.”

However – a heavily redacted CAA report released to media shows the staff member did not give permission for Mr Brownlee and his two aides to bypass security -

- but was too taken aback to stop them..”

(cont..)

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Report contradicts Gerry Brownlee’s version of events – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Children stabbed to death in Cairns..”

“..A number of people – including seven children -

- have been found dead in Australia.

Dozens of police have swarmed to the home in Cairns in far north Queensland -

- amid reports of a multiple stabbing.

There are up to eight victims at the Manoora property..”

(cont..)

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Children stabbed to death in Cairns: reports | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..The year of outrage 2014: Everything you were angry about on social media this year..”

“..Every so often a whirlwind of outrage touches down -

- sowing destruction and chaos -

- before disappearing into the sky..”

(cont..)

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The year of outrage 2014: Everything you were angry about on social media this year. – Utne Altwire.

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“..Our Fascination With Vampire Stories..”

“..Vampire stories allow us to explore issues of mortality..”

(cont..)

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Our Fascination With Vampire Stories – Arts – Utne Reader.

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“..Forget Vinyl: You Can DJ Like a Pro With This New Mac App..”

“..You don’t need fancy equipment and boxes of vinyl to DJ like a pro (although purists may disagree).

With a robust music library to source from – and tools that make song transitions seamless -

- even a n00b can keep a house party jumping into the wee hours.

The new Djay Pro for Mac offers both of these features -

- and a ton more -

- and caters to both DJ padawans and professional mixers..”

(cont..)

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Forget Vinyl: You Can DJ Like a Pro With This New Mac App | WIRED.

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“..The 26 Best Performances This Year..”

“..list of the year’s best performances across pop-culture genres..”

(cont..)

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The 26 Best Performances This Year.

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“..Mom’s Exposure To Air Pollution In Pregnancy Doubles Child’s Risk Of Autism – Study Says..”

“..Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy -

- have up to twice the risk of developing autism -

- as children of mothers breathing cleaner air -

- scientists at Harvard School of Public Health reported on Thursday..”

(cont..)

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Mom’s Exposure To Air Pollution In Pregnancy Doubles Child’s Risk Of Autism, Study Says.

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“..Glenn Greenwald Blasts Dick Cheney And President Obama On Torture..”

“..Glenn Greenwald responded to Dick Cheney’s recent ‘Meet The Press’ appearance with a blistering critique-

- that indicted both Cheney and President Obama..”

(cont..)

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Glenn Greenwald Blasts Dick Cheney And President Obama On Torture.

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“..A Brief And Booty-Filled Guide To The History Of Erotic Photography..”

“..This article spans the history of erotic photography.

Consider yourself warned..”

(cont..)

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A Brief And Booty-Filled Guide To The History Of Erotic Photography (NSFW).

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“..Obama’s Very Sly Cuban Move..”

“..The Gross affair was never about just one man..”

(cont..)

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Obama’s Very Sly Cuban Move | Mother Jones.

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“..The Best Books Of 2014..”

“..From brilliant reportage to fanciful fiction -

- here are some of our faves for the year..”

(cont..)

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The Best Books of 2014 | Mother Jones.

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“..The 10 Best Albums of 2014..”

“..Each year Mother Jones music critic Jon Young browses through hundreds of new albums -

- and pulls out 75 to 100 to review for the magazine and website.

Some of those make the final cut – but there are some wildcards too.

Below – in no particular order – are Jon’s super-duper-abbreviated write-ups of his cream of the crop—the Top 10 albums of 2014..”

(cont..)

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The 10 Best Albums of 2014 | Mother Jones.

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“..After years of trying – scientists finally find our sense of direction..”

“..Our internal compass is in the brain’s entorhinal complex..”

(cont..)

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After years of trying, scientists finally find our sense of direction – Science – News – The Independent.

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“..The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings mythology explained in one short YouTube video..”

“..If you want to understand The Battle of the Five Armies -

- then check this out first..”

(cont..)

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The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings mythology explained in one short YouTube video – News – Films – The Independent.

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“..Virgin’s wristband checks if you’ve fallen asleep and starts recording your TV..”

“..Technology could also check on how you’re responding emotionally to shows..”

(cont..)

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Virgin’s wristband checks if you’ve fallen asleep and starts recording your TV – News – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent.

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“..George Stinney Jr: Black 14-year-old boy exonerated 70 years after he was executed..”

“..George Stinney Jr was sentenced to death for the murder of two white girls -

- in a trial that lasted less than three hours -

- and reportedly bore no evidence -

- and barely any witness testimony..”

(cont..)

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George Stinney Jr: Black 14-year-old boy exonerated 70 years after he was executed – Americas – World – The Independent.

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“..How the War on Drugs Advances Transnational Capitalism..”

“..How US drug policy in the Americas is a pretext for extending militarization and global capitalism south of the border..”

(cont..)

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How the War on Drugs Advances Transnational Capitalism | Alternet.

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“..I Used to Sell Sex to the Most Powerful Men in the World..”

“..There’s a mistaken perception that all women are forced into the sex industry..”

(cont..)

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I Used to Sell Sex to the Most Powerful Men in the World | Alternet.

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“..The 9 Hashtags That Defined 2014..”

“..From #CancelColbert to #BlackLivesMatter -

- these hashtags drove the national conversation both on- and offline this year..”

(cont..)

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The 9 Hashtags That Defined 2014 | Alternet.

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“..Robert Reich: The Disgusting Way Insider Traders Rig America – and How Courts Let Them..”

“..This is the way we get spiraling inequality -

- and absurd CEO pay..”

(cont..)

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Robert Reich: The Disgusting Way Insider Traders Rig America and How Courts Let Them | Alternet.

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“..Photo highlights..”

“..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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“..Here comes Santa Claus: a visual history of Saint Nick – in pictures..”

“..See how the great man has morphed from Nikolaos the wonder-worker in the fourth century -

- to the jolly man in red we know and love today.

Get ready for frescoes – stick-em-ups -

- Norman Rockwell..”

(cont..)

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Here comes Santa Claus: a visual history of Saint Nick – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

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“..‘Hitler’s tourist resort’ pits German commercialism against dark Nazi past..”

“..Ethical questions raised over plans to redevelop unfinished Third Reich seaside complex -

- into luxury holiday apartments..”

(cont..)

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‘Hitler’s tourist resort’ pits German commercialism against dark Nazi past | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Beyond Tetris: a brief history of patriotic video gaming in Russia..”

“..Retro favourite Tetris might be Russia’s best known games export -

- but a closer look at the industry -

- finds a creative powerhouse -

- that has mirrored the country’s politics for decades..”

(cont..)

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Beyond Tetris: a brief history of patriotic video gaming in Russia | World news | The Guardian.

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“..The 10 best country music records of 2014..”

“..Beyond boorish bro-country –

- there were plenty of rich emotional records -

- that stretched the definitions of the genre -

- while remaining true to its roots..”

(cont..)

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The 10 best country music records of 2014 | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Nick Easter’s warning over players’ changing physiques should be heeded..”

“..Bulking up these days may be essential -

- but there is reason to believe it can shorten a player’s career -

- often at the cost of honing their skills..”

(cont..)

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Nick Easter’s warning over players’ changing physiques should be heeded | Paul Rees | Sport | The Guardian.

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comment@whoar:..amazon declares war on the hypnen..(!)..to arms..!..’Amazon ‘suppresses’ book with too many hyphens’..(ed:..yet amazon support the craven-comma..?..whoar..!..w.t.f. r they thinking..?..)

“..Graeme Reynolds’s novel High Moor 2: Moonstruck was withdrawn -

- when the site decided 100 hyphenated words in 90,000 -

- ‘impacted the readability’ of the book..”

(cont..)

(ed:..whodathunkit..?..a new first-world problem suddenly manifests..

..blatant prejudice against the humble – but oh so useful – hyphen..

..and i am guessing that amazon turns a blind eye to that most craven/sniveling example/excuse for punctuation..

..the comma..(shudder..!..)

..and yet the hyphen is that which oh so ably replaces that insult to the eye – the ever-ugly comma..

..w.t.f. r they thinking..?..

..and why this active prejudice..?

..to the ultimate level of censorship..

..banning..

..i mean..if they are so fascist in their punctuation dictates..

..how the hell does amazon handle the writings of e.e. cummings..?

..as just one example of punctuation-rule benders..

..i could go on and on about why i personally will not have a bar of the comma..

..it’s extreme overuse..

..its’ outright ugliness..(i mean..it even ruins the clean/efficient colon..w.t.f. is a semi-colon..?

..it is like a growth attached to a colon..that needs to be surgically removed..)

..even with that list of sins against the comma..i wd still argue for the rights of others to comma away to their hearts’ content..

..and i feel most firmly that the hyphen should also have that same (to my mind unalienable) right..

..and this abrogation of linguitic-rights by amazon must be stood up against..

..and fought against..

(disclaimer:..as regular readers here @ whoar will know..i/whoar have been comma-free for a number of years now..

..and i cannot over-emphasise the feelings of freedom/liberation this brings..

..no more of that visually ugly intrusion into the visual appeal of the written word/sentence/printed-line..

..and that my methadone in this addiction-shedding process..

..has been this new enemy of amazon –

- the humble yet mighty hyphen..

..well..i’m here to tell amazon that we won’t take this lying down (the usual posture/position of the comma..)..

..and this must signal the outbreak of what has simmered underground for so long..

..sadly..i think we are seeing the start of a new punctuation-war..

..and i know what side i am on – in this conflict..

(and..d’yareckon this might queer my chances of getting a book-deal..?..)

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Amazon ‘suppresses’ book with too many hyphens | Books | The Guardian.

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“..2014 albums we missed: Sylvie Simmons – Sylvie review..”

“..There’s an unspoken rule among rock critics: don’t release your own music.

Simmons shatters that rule to gripping effect -

- with one of the most beautiful – low-key albums of the year..”

(cont..)

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2014 albums we missed: Sylvie Simmons – Sylvie review | Music | The Guardian.

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“..2014: a year of brave – inspiring – young feminists..”

“..From a seven-year-old who took on a supermarket to the girls who stood up to authority against violence – racism – and inequality -

- these girls make the future look bright..”

(cont..)

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2014: a year of brave, inspiring, young feminists | Life and style | The Guardian.

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“..Obesity can be a disability – EU court rules..”

“..Decision at EU’s court of justice in Luxembourg -

- establishes precedent that could affect employment rights across Europe..”

(cont..)

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Obesity can be a disability, EU court rules | Society | The Guardian.

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“..Putin: I feel no responsibility for collapse of rouble..”

“..Russian president offers few solid solutions during annual press conference -

- but promises economy will overcome crises..”

(cont..)

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Putin: I feel no responsibility for collapse of rouble | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Claims that boys were murdered by VIP sex ring are ‘credible and true’ – say police..”

“..Metropolitan police have launched murder inquiry into role alleged Westminster paedophile ring might have had in killings of three boys..”

(cont..)

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Claims that boys were murdered by VIP sex ring are ‘credible and true’ say police | UK news | The Guardian.

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“..National programme of screening a ‘no-brainer’..”

“..Bowel cancer survivor Trisha Cooney can see no reason the Government can’t immediately start creating a national screening programme to expand early detection of the disease and its precursors.

‘Like we have done in New Zealand with cervical cancer screening -

- to me it’s just a no-brainer’..”

(cont..)

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National programme of screening a ‘no-brainer’ – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Best local news bloopers – 13 minutes of LOLs..”

“..Stumbling reporters – sexual innuendo – incredibly lengthy awkward pauses -

- and a ‘shag on the rocks’ have all made it into a video compiling the best news bloopers of the year..”

(cont..)

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Best local news bloopers – 13 minutes of LOLs – Entertainment – NZ Herald News.

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being prime minister has been really really good for john keys’ golf-handicap..

“..After languishing with a handicap in the mid-20s -

- he’s now playing off a highly respectable handicap of 11.9..”

(cont..)

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Golf: John Key’s love of greens proves to be diminishing handicap – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..New Zealand lags behind Australia in cancer survival rates..”

“..Difference in patient care thought to be reason Australian figures are better than ours..”

(cont..)

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New Zealand lags behind Australia in cancer survival rates – National – NZ Herald News.

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