national rip-off eminem..for the music for their first ad.. (video..)

“..It’s a cheap copy – slowed down just a touch too –

- gets done a bit in advertising –

- poor man’s versions to avoid paying rights..”

..(ed:..and the ad itself has already been spoofed..

..it (reputedly) shows national in a rowing skiff..(no..of course brownlee wasn’t in the skiff..!..silly you..!..)

..and some clever person has added a killer-whale..swimming alongside…(heh..!..obvious..but good..!..)

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

National channels Eminem in election ad | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Kim Dotcom fights to keep fortune secret..”

“..Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is appealing a judgment ordering him to reveal his total fortune to a group of Hollywood music and movie studios.

Dotcom was ordered to make full disclosure of his assets -

- including those not subject to current freezing orders -

- in a decision released by Justice Patricia Courtney last month.

Justice Courtney’s judgment gave Dotcom until today to reveal his assets.

Dotcom’s lawyer Tracey Walker said Dotcom was appealing the judgment.

She would not say why..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Kim Dotcom fights to keep fortune secret | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Islamic State beheads US photojournalist..”

“..Islamic State insurgents have released a video purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley -

- who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

The video – titled A Message To America – was posted on social media sites..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Islamic State beheads US photojournalist | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Brian Rudman: It’s only dirty politics when someone else does it..”

“..When is ‘borrowing’ someone else’s property okay in the Prime Minister’s eyes?

When it seems it’s carried out by a senior adviser in his office -

- working in concert with National Party staff and activists.

Since Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics bombshell blew National’s election campaign off course last week John Key has been trying to brush aside the book’s revelations as the work of ‘a left-wing conspiracy theorist’ -

- and to defend the underhand National Party tactics exposed as the sort of thing everyone does.

He’s going to have to do better than that..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Brian Rudman: It’s only dirty politics when someone else does it – Election 2014 – NZ Herald News.

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“..Ferguson: In the heartlands of America – a descent into madness..”

“..David Usborne arrived in Ferguson Missouri – to a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan.

This is a country where those fighting for justice -

- have given up on the law as a means of redress..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness – Americas – World – The Independent.

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“..Here’s Every Quentin Tarantino Movie Death In 4 Minutes..”

“..For those who enjoy grisly splatters of blood -

- and the Five-Point-Palm Exploding-Heart Technique -

- there’s a supercut for you..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Here’s Every Quentin Tarantino Movie Death In 4 Minutes.

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“..Photographer Captures Real Women From Around The World Having Orgasms..”

“..these photos captured what Schneider calls -

- a ‘creative female gaze’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Photographer Captures Real Women From Around The World Having Orgasms (NSFW).

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“..David Letterman Had The Most Touching Robin Williams Tribute Of Them All..”

(ed:..they clearly had a deep affection for each other..

..williams had appeared on lettermans’ show 50 times…)

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

David Letterman Had The Most Touching Robin Williams Tribute Of Them All.

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the pitbull and the baby rabbit.. (video..)

(ed:..this is uber-cute..and there is licking involved..)

(cont..)

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This Is What Happened When A Pit Bull Adopted A Baby Bunny On Easter.

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“..Inside a Mexican Ibogaine Treatment Clinic – A Growing Alternative to Treat Drug Addiction..”

“..A look at Crossroads – which uses the African ibogaine plant to treat drug addiction..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Inside a Mexican Ibogaine Treatment Clinic – A Growing Alternative to Treat Drug Addiction | Alternet.

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“..10 Reasons to Hate Capitalism..”

“..The economic system encourages greed -

- and denigrates cooperation and collectivism..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

10 Reasons to Hate Capitalism | Alternet.

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“..Would You Have Sex With a Robot? – The Age of the Sexbot Is Fast Approaching..”

“..Some experts predict a not-so-distant future of human-robot sex – and love..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Would You Have Sex With a Robot? The Age of the Sexbot Is Fast Approaching | Alternet.

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“..False Facts and the Conservative Distortion Machine: It’s Much More Than Just Fox News..”

“..A new study found that voters’ values and partisanship had the strongest associations with distorted beliefs..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

False Facts and the Conservative Distortion Machine: It’s Much More Than Just Fox News | Alternet.

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“..Drink and drug addictions ‘blighting lives of classical musicians’..”

“..Channel 4 documentary Addicts’ Symphony claims use of alcohol and prescription drugs -

- is rife among orchestral players..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Drink and drug addictions ‘blighting lives of classical musicians’ | Society | The Guardian.

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“..Will Isis still be a threat in a year’s time? – I doubt it..”

“..Images in the British media last week demonstrate just how shallow and short-lived the Islamic State threat is likely to prove..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Will Isis still be a threat in a year’s time? I doubt it | Michael White | World | The Guardian.

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“..Satire is dying because the internet is killing it..”

“..Facebook’s [satire] tag may prevent people believing Kim Jong-un was voted the sexiest man alive -

- but the damage is done..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Satire is dying because the internet is killing it | Arwa Mahdawi | Commentisfree | The Guardian.

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“..Skinheads: a photogenic – extremist corner of British youth culture..”

“..With their short hair and swastikas offsetting neat clothes -

- the skinheads who street photographer Derek Ridgers found roaming UK youth culture in the late-70s -

- made a virtue of visual and social disruption..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Skinheads: a photogenic, extremist corner of British youth culture | Artanddesign | The Guardian.

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“..How to mend – a cracked iPhone screen..”

“..A broken screen doesn’t have to mean splashing out for an expensive repair -

- as fixing it yourself is easier than you think..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

How to mend … a cracked iPhone screen | Lifeandstyle | The Guardian.

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“..Nettles- tofu – and snail poo: sustainable textiles made from the unexpected..”

“..The global textile industry is among the most polluting and wasteful in the world -

- but there are some weird and wonderful material innovations out there..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Nettles, tofu and snail poo: sustainable textiles made from the unexpected | Sustainable-business | The Guardian.

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“..First listen: Leonard Cohen – Almost Like The Blues..”

“..Before its release on 22 September -

- you can hear one of those tracks now..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

First listen: Leonard Cohen – Almost Like The Blues | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Robin Williams hooked on ‘tooth-rotting sentimentality’ – says Barry Norman..”

“..Former BBC film critic says actor’s enormous talent ‘could sometimes be spread so thinly as to be almost invisible’ -

- and speculates on reasons for drink and drug addiction..”

(cont..)

(ed:..there is an abysmal ‘comedy’ currently screening here..’starring’ williams..

..that totally confirms that talent-spread-thinly thesis..)

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Robin Williams hooked on ‘tooth-rotting sentimentality’, says Barry Norman | Film | The Guardian.

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“..Prison lights-out policy could worsen mental health crisis – campaigners say..”

“..Plans to turn out lights and televisions in cells at 10.30pm..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Prison lights-out policy could worsen mental health crisis, campaigners say | Society | The Guardian.

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“..Millionaire property tycoon doesn’t want Labour government!’..”

(ed:..this pile of delusional-rubbish from bob jones is just more of his usual..(he predicts the inevitable victory of key..ho-hum!..)

..but the/any fun is to be had from the (now-closed-as-an-act-of-mercy) comments-thread..

..and i have taken the above headline from that comments-thread..

..as people queue to laugh at jones/his predictions..)

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Bob Jones: Cunliffe’s KO’d before the fight starts – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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longform interview of norman/turei…(video..)

(ed:..the green co-leaders are demanding ‘senior cabinet positions’..)

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Greens: We won’t be shut out again – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..NZ could spark climate action – expert says..”

“..A strong stance on climate change by New Zealand could inspire and embarrass other nations into following our lead -

- says a world-renowned climatologist..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

NZ could spark climate action, expert says – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Cartoon: PM’s new clothes..”

(ed:..heh..!..)

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Cartoon: PM’s new clothes – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..Law Society furious with Judith Collins..”

“..Justice Minister Judith Collins has been criticised for naming a lane outside Christchurch’s new justice precinct -

- after a friend..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Law Society furious with Judith Collins | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Ross victims face 97pc loss of funds..”

“..Less than three cents in the dollar is all victims of fraudster David Ross can expect in the final wash-up-

- after his last property was sold for a knockdown price.

Out-of-pocket investors are left scratching their heads about what happened to the other 97c – in what one called a hopeless saga.

There is still a chance more money could be clawed back from other investors who cashed up before the Ross fraud was uncovered.

As things stand now about $3 million is left for the hundreds of investors swindled out of $115m by Ross -

- the man responsible for New Zealand’s single-biggest fraud.

In November Ross (64) was jailed for 10 years and 10 months for operating a fraudulent scheme -

- in which private investors lost about $115m.

His company Ross Asset Management (RAM) – fleeced at least 700 investors -

- through portfolios in which they thought they had more than $380m..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Ross victims face 97pc loss of funds – business | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Labour MP Austin Mitchell: ‘Women are weakening Parliament’..”

“..Veteran MP Austin Mitchell – who has represented Great Grimsby since 1977 -

- claimed his party was being weakened by all-women shortlists -

- and growing numbers of women..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Labour MP Austin Mitchell: ‘Women are weakening Parliament’ – UK Politics – UK – The Independent.

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“..Here are 24 phenomena which prove nature is actually marvellous..”

“..Some are location-specific -

- others are just rare phenomena..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Here are 24 phenomena which prove nature is actually marvellous.

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“..The world’s friendliest cities: Melbourne and Auckland..”

“..Australia and New Zealand are home to world’s friendliest cities –

- while South Africa’s Johannesburg is the unfriendliest..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The world’s friendliest cities: Melbourne and Auckland named the best places to put a smile on your face – World – News – The Independent.

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national plunges in latest roy morgan poll..labour is up..and two minor parties do well..

national have dropped to 42%..labour are up to 30 &..

..and both internet/mana and the conservatives have cracked 4%..

..(this is the second poll in a row int/mana has had 4%+..)

..the greens will also be happy..

..they have cracked 13%..

..and peters is over 5%..

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

www.electionresults.co.nz | New Zealand’s only online 24/7 projection of the 2014 General Election result.

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judith collins gets yet another ‘last chance’..

“..Judith Collins’ decision to leak information to blogger Cameron Slater was ‘unwise’ -

- and she is now on her last chance -

- Prime Minister John Key says.

He denied she was now on her ‘last last’ chance..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Judith Collins on her last chance – Key – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Pope: ‘Two or three years’ then off to my Father’s house..”

“..The Pope has publicly broached the prospect of his own death for the first time -

- giving himself ‘two or three years’ -

- but not ruling out retirement before then..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Pope: ‘Two or three years’ then off to my Father’s house – World – NZ Herald News.

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“..Cunliffe: Divisions among National MPs over revelations..”

“..’it would appear that there’s a strong difference of view at the most senior levels of the National Party’ he said..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Cunliffe: Divisions among National MPs over revelations – National – NZ Herald News.

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goodbye andrew williams..hello ron mark..

“..New Zealand First MP Andrew Williams is set to be dumped to an unelectable position on the party list -

- with former MP Ron Mark set to rejoin the party.

Stuff understands a draft copy of the NZ First list, determined by the party’s selection committee on the weekend -

- has Williams ranked at 13 – and Mark ranked at 9.

Williams was ranked 3rd on the party list in the 2011 election.

NZ First would need to get over 10 per cent on election night for Williams to return to Parliament..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Ron Mark back with NZ First – politics – national | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..I wouldn’t leak to blogger: English..”

“..Finance Minister Bill English has distanced himself from Justice Minister Judith Collins -

- making it clear he does not condone her dealings with blogger Cameron Slater..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

I wouldn’t leak to blogger: English | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Response to Dirty Politics ‘surreal’ – lawyer..”

“..Media lawyer Steven Price says it is a ‘surreal experience’ politicians are dismissing the evidence-based contents of Nicky Hager’s book -

- when they haven’t even read it.

Price acts for Hager – and vetted his book Dirty Politics – released last week.

The book reveals National Party links to right-wing bloggers -

- and accuses senior party members of being involved in a coordinated smear campaign against opponents.

Price said Prime Minister John Key’s dismissal of the book – and of Hager 0

- as a ‘left wing conspiracy theorist’ -

- was not supported by any evidence.

There was ‘not a jot of evidence’ that Hager had ‘made stuff up’ – as the National Party claimed – Price said.

‘The Government’s denials are such blatant flannel that they are being seen as beyond the pale -

- even by our most grizzled political journalists -

- who have seen plenty of spin in their time’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Response to Dirty Politics ‘surreal’ – lawyer | Stuff.co.nz.

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daivid farrar..and his ‘princess-parties’..

“..The Young Nationals women were described as ‘retards’..

..and ‘just dirty girls who flip it up’..”

(cont..)

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No Changes for Kiwiblog « The Standard The Standard.

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“..How the Whaledump hacker came forward..”

“..The hacker who took years of Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater’s communications -

- has reached out from behind the pages of Dirty Politics-

- and promised further revelations..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

How the Whaledump hacker came forward – National – NZ Herald News.

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