“..Follow your convictions – this could be the end of the politics of fear – George Monbiot..”

“..Syriza – Podemosp – the SNP:

- the neoliberal consensus is collapsing.

Forget tactical considerations in May -

- and vote Green for a genuine alternative..”

(cont..)

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Follow your convictions – this could be the end of the politics of fear | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..Nine things we learned from Apple’s monster financial results..”

“..Apple Watch to debut in April -

- iPhone sales have doubled in China -

- one billionth iOS device sold in November – and more..”

(cont..)

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Nine things we learned from Apple’s monster financial results | Technology | The Guardian.

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“..Russia announces 60 economic rescue measures..”

“..The central bank has warned that GDP could shrink by as much as 4.8% this year -

- if oil prices fail to recover..”

(cont..)

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Russia announces 60 economic rescue measures | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Apple smashes corporate profits record – after soaring iPhone sales..”

“..Total revenues of $74.6bn beat expectations -

- and contribute to $18bn profit..”

(cont..)

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Apple smashes corporate profits record after soaring iPhone sales | Technology | The Guardian.

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“..Alexis Tsipras begins rolling back Greek austerity policies..”

“..New prime minister says there is no time to waste -

- as privatisation programme demanded by EU and IMF -

- is put on hold..”

(cont..)

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Alexis Tsipras begins rolling back Greek austerity policies | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Brian Rudman: Welcome to ‘lickspittles to foreign dictators’ club..”

“..The things you have to do to keep on side with your oil merchant.

Even it seems – holding your nose and obsequiously lowering your national flag on public buildings throughout the land when he dies.

To be on the safe side – Prime Minister John Key has gone one step further -

- and sent Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae halfway around the world to the Saudi Arabia head office -

- to pay our respects..”

(cont..)

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Brian Rudman: Welcome to ‘lickspittles to foreign dictators’ club – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..Cartoon: Sean Plunket Flats..”

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

(cont..)

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Cartoon: Sean Plunket Flats – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..John Banks back in the dock over charge of filing false electoral return..”

“..Former Act Party leader John Banks will face a retrial for filing a false electoral return – Solicitor-General Mike Heron QC has confirmed..”

(cont..)

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John Banks back in the dock over charge of filing false electoral return – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Reaction to John Key’s state housing policy: ‘He’s forgotten where he came from’..”

“..John Key grew up in a council house in Christchurch -

- and many residents of his old street say they’re disappointed at his plans for state houses..”

(cont..)

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Reaction to John Key’s state housing policy: ‘He’s forgotten where he came from’ – Business – NZ Herald News.

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“..Editorial: Key’s ‘State of Nation’ a lost opportunity..”

“..Mr Key was in a country where ‘the economy is growing – employment is increasing – and wages are rising”.

Mr Little’s country has low wages – growing inequality and too many children in poverty.

Both are correct – as both know.

The country needs to hear what might be done to lift lower incomes -

- and spread the benefits of a strong economy -

- without weakening it..”

(cont..)

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Editorial: Key’s ‘State of Nation’ a lost opportunity – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Former Heart of the City boss Alex Swney facing jail for tax dodge..”

“..After months of staunchly maintaining his innocence -

- former Heart of the City chief executive Alex Swney phoned his parents on Tuesday night -

- to say he was going to plead guilty to nearly $1.8 million worth of tax evasion..”

(cont..)

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Former Heart of the City boss Alex Swney facing jail for tax dodge – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..New app creates pop-up social networks at hotels..”

“..Business travel can be a lonely routine -

- shuttling from hotel to hotel – in places where you may not know a soul.

The smartphone in your pocket could be the ticket to a more social experience..”

(cont..)

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New app creates pop-up social networks at hotels | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..vegan offering..”

“..A lot of people don’t understand veganism -

- and for that reason its followers sometimes get a bit of a bad rap.

Unlike vegetarians – vegans eschew dairy products – eggs and even honey – as well as meat and fish.

This book proves that vegan food can be delicious -

- and doesn’t have to be complicated to prepare..”

(cont..)

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Cookbook reviews: A visual feast and a vegan offering | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..I went to a ‘sex yoga’ school – and this is what I learnt…”

“..The course would entail practical education about sex and wellness -

- followed by a sensual yoga flow – and guided meditation..”

(cont..)

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I went to a ‘sex yoga’ school and this is what I learnt | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..MP Sabin to grill cops..”

“..Mike Sabin – the MP under police investigation for assault -

- is set to grill senior cops as part of an annual review..”

(cont..)

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MP Sabin to grill cops | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Selfie-obsessed men may be narcissistic psychopaths – study finds..”

“..Friends who post too many selfies can be annoying, but is something darker afoot?

Selfie-obsessed men may be narcissistic psychopaths, study finds – Health News – Health & Families – The Independent.

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“..Author Eleanor Catton throws the book at NZ; labelled ‘traitor’ by RadioLive host Sean Plunket..”

“..He said she was an ‘ungrateful hua’ – a Maori slang word.

‘Eleanor’s been over in India bagging New Zealand’ Plunket said.

He then went on to tell Catton to stick her comments ‘where the sun don’t shine’..”

(cont..)

(ed:..he really is quite a class-act..that plunket..eh..?..)

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Author Eleanor Catton throws the book at NZ; labelled ‘traitor’ by RadioLive host Sean Plunket – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Former Heart of the City boss Alex Swney admits $2 million tax evasion charges..”

“..The former boss of Auckland’s Heart of the City organisation -

- has pleaded guilty to tax evasion of nearly $2 million..”

(cont..)

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Former Heart of the City boss Alex Swney admits $2 million tax evasion charges – Business – NZ Herald News.

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“..NZ farms eyed as ‘boltholes’ for world’s super rich..”

“..New Zealand farms are being snapped up by the world’s super-rich -

- as boltholes to escape anger over financial inequality-
- one of the world’s leading fund managers claims..”

(cont..)

(ed:..ahem..!..i wd like to note that i have been pointing that fact out for some time..

..i am surprised others are surprised..)

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NZ farms eyed as ‘boltholes’ for world’s super rich | Stuff.co.nz.

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text of littles’ state of the nation speech 2015..”

(one for those interested..)

(cont..)

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State of the Nation 2015 — Medium.

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“..The 10 Best Tech Careers In 2015..”

“..Job hunting site Glassdoor just released a list of 25 best jobs for 2015 -

- according to information shared by employees who have these careers.

And 10 of them are tech jobs..”

(cont..)

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The 10 Best Tech Careers In 2015 | Business Insider.

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“.. US A Dangerous Ally: Former Australia PM..”

“..What Fraser and many Australian leaders fears most is that the United States will get Australia involved in a coflict not of its own making.

“Australia effectively ceded to America the ability to decide when Australia goes to war” said Fraser.

Fraser labelled the United States a ‘dangerous ally’ -

- as Australia has become progressively more enmeshed in American strategic and military affairs since the end of Cold War..”

(cont..)

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 US A Dangerous Ally: Former Australia PM :  Information Clearing House – ICH.

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“..Hillary Clinton Mocks Putin – Gladly Accepts $500K in Jewels from Head-Chopping Saudi Dictator..”

“..King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is dead.

But he left behind $500K in jewels and various other gifts for rabid anti-Putin fanatic Hillary Clinton..”

(cont..)

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  Hillary Clinton Mocks Putin, Gladly Accepts $500K in Jewels from Head-Chopping Saudi Dictator:  Information Clearing House – ICH.

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“..Jon Stewart brilliantly skewers Sarah Palin’s ‘barely coherent’ speech..”

(ed:..there is some funny stuff in this one..)

(cont..)

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Jon Stewart brilliantly skewers Sarah Palin’s ‘barely coherent’ speech.

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“..Saudi preacher who ‘raped and tortured’ his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying ‘blood money’..”

“..A ‘celebrity’ Saudi preacher accused of raping torturing and killing his five-year-old daughter -

- has reportedly been released from custody after agreeing to pay ‘blood money’.

Fayhan al-Ghamdi had been accused of killing his daughter Lama – who suffered multiple injuries -

- including a crushed skull – broken back – broken ribs – a broken left arm – and extensive bruising and burns.

Social workers say she had also been repeatedly raped and burnt.

Fayhan al-Ghamdi admitted using a cane and cables to inflict the injuries -

- after doubting his five-year-old daughter’s virginity..”

(cont..)

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Saudi preacher who ‘raped and tortured’ his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying ‘blood money’ – Middle East – World – The Independent.

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“..King Salman: Just five days in – Saudi Arabia’s new king has already overseen a beheading..”

“..The controversial killing of Moussa al-Zahrani came shortly before President Barack Obama arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday -

- to pay respects to the late King Abdullah..”

(cont..)

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King Salman: Just five days in, Saudi Arabia’s new king has already overseen a beheading – Middle East – World – The Independent.

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“..Earth-sized planets discovered in Milky Way increase chances of ancient alien life..”

“..Planets in the distant solar system range in sizes between Mercury and Venus..”

(cont..)

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Earth-sized planets discovered in Milky Way increase chances of ancient alien life – Science – News – The Independent.

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“..Stunning Victory Within Reach For Net Neutrality Advocates..”

“..Next month a wonky government agency will rule on the fate of the Internet.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to grant a major victory to net neutrality advocates -

- a stunning turnaround following years of conventional wisdom to the contrary..”

(cont..)

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Stunning Victory Within Reach For Net Neutrality Advocates.

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“..Your Next Bible Will Be A Hologram..”

“..Microsoft this week unveiled HoloLens -

- an augmented-reality headset that overlays text and images on the real world -

- and in particular anchors them to precise locations in space -

- as if they were real objects..”

(cont..)

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Your Next Bible Will Be A Hologram.

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“..10 of the Weirdest Sex Toys for Women..”

“..Artificial hymen – anyone?..”

(cont..)

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10 of the Weirdest Sex Toys for Women | Alternet.

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“..7 People Who Say They Owe Their Huge Success to Psychedelics..”

“..Some giants of science – the arts – and industry -

- tripped their brains out —

- and never looked back..”

(cont..)

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7 People Who Say They Owe Their Huge Success to Psychedelics | Alternet.

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“..Chris Hedges: ‘American Sniper’ Caters to a Deep Sickness Rippling Through Society..”

“..$200 million in box office receipts is a measure of how messed up this country is..”

(cont..)

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Chris Hedges: ‘American Sniper’ Caters to a Deep Sickness Rippling Through Society | Alternet.

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“..Robert Reich: Wall Street Is Hard at Work Cooking Up the Next Financial Collapse..”

“..The finance industry still presents a massive threat to the middle class..”

(cont..)

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Robert Reich: Wall Street Is Hard at Work Cooking Up the Next Financial Collapse | 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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“..Cult heroes: Eddie Bo – the gentleman of soul who never got his due..”

“..Eddie Bo cut more 45s than any New Orleans musician bar Fats Domino -

- but by the time his name started to spread -

- it was too late for him to reap the benefits..”

(cont..)

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Cult heroes: Eddie Bo – the gentleman of soul who never got his due | Music | The Guardian.

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“..The news website that’s keeping press freedom alive in Egypt..”

“..Mada Masr was formed just before military coup of 2013.

Amid growing censorship – its staff have risked their lives to continue reporting..”

(cont..)

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The news website that’s keeping press freedom alive in Egypt | Leslie T Chang | News | The Guardian.

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“..What Greek politics teaches the Labour party: there is an alternative..”

“..Insisting on Tina – ‘there is no alternative’ – brought down the once mighty Pasok.

It could do the same in the UK..”

(cont..)

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What Greek politics teaches the Labour party: there is an alternative | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..Five top reasons people become teachers – and why they quit..”

“.. many of those training to be teachers have considered leaving -

- and don’t expect to see out their careers in the profession..”

(cont..)

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Five top reasons people become teachers – and why they quit | Teacher Network | The Guardian.

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“..Anne Frank: 10 beautiful quotes from The Diary of a Young Girl..”

“..To mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 we have collected 10 of the most powerful quotes from Anne Frank’s legendary The Diary of a Young Girl..”

(cont..)

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Anne Frank: 10 beautiful quotes from The Diary of a Young Girl | Children’s books | The Guardian.

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“..Sundance 2015 review – Last Days in the Desert: Ewan McGregor plays Jesus and Satan in beautiful battle..”

“..The temptation of Christ in the desert forms the heart of this painterly film –

- but it is a meditation on fathers and sons -

- as well as Father and Son..”

(cont..)

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Sundance 2015 review – Last Days in the Desert: Ewan McGregor plays Jesus and Satan in beautiful battle | Film | The Guardian.

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