“..Ikea to start serving meat-free meatballs..”

“..Presenting ‘Veg Balls’ -

- the eco-friendly alternative to the Swedish classic..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Ikea to start serving meat-free meatballs – Salon.com.

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“..9/11 isn’t the same for them: Why the next generation’s view of the national security state – will be radically different..”

“..With the terrorist attack nearly 13 years past -

- here’s why the debate on civil liberties may soon be transformed..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

9/11 isn’t the same for them: Why the next generation’s view of the national security state will be radically different – Salon.com.

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“..Stephen Colbert takes on the Chelsea Clinton baby-truthers..”

“..I don’t mean to alarm you – began Colbert -

- but Hillary Clinton continues to exist..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Stephen Colbert takes on the Chelsea Clinton baby-truthers – Salon.com.

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“..10 songs with hidden drug references..”

“..From Lou Reed – to Rick James – to Jay Z -

- musicians have – ahem –

- a habit of smuggling drugs into their lyrics..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

10 songs with hidden drug references – Salon.com.

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“..Reddit’s /r/technology demoted over scandal of secret censorship – that blocked Internet freedom stories..”

“..According to various media reports (e.g. BBC) -

- the technology subreddit has scrubbed its moderator team-

- after users discovered that the sub was holding a secret censorship list of banned words -

- that included ‘National Security Agency’ – ‘GCHQ’ – ‘Anonymous’ – ‘anti-piracy’ – ‘Bitcoin’ – ‘Snowden’ – ‘net neutrality’ – ‘EU Court’ – ‘startup’ – and ‘Assange’.

On its face this looks like a list of politicized terms -

- and blocking them looks like a highly political and partisan act -

- for example by blocking “net neutrality” -

- then stories that are critical of network discrimination would be blocked -

- while straight news stories that overwhelmingly quoted corporate spokespeople using uncritical terms -

- would make the front door..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Reddit’s /r/technology demoted over scandal of secret censorship that blocked Internet freedom stories – Boing Boing.

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“..Shakespeare’s Beehive: analysis of newly discovered dictionary that Shakespeare owned and annotated..”

“..Beehive’s authors make a compelling case for this book having been annotated by Shakespeare himself.

They proceed to analyze Shakespeare’s annotations in light of his works.

It looks fascinating – and as with all great works of scholarship -

- there are dirty parts..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Shakespeare’s Beehive: analysis of newly discovered dictionary that Shakespeare owned and annotated – Boing Boing.

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“..Living in an 84-square foot house..”

“…her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars -

- and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Living in an 84-square foot house – Boing Boing.

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“..’Animal Architecture’ – an awesome new photo book about the structures critters create..”

“..a beautiful new science/photography book -

- exploring the mystery of nature -

- through the ‘complex and elegant structures that animals create both for shelter -

- and for capturing prey..”

(cont…)

go to source/story>>>

‘Animal Architecture,’ an awesome new photo book about the structures critters create – Boing Boing.

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“..Project Thirty-Three: a website devoted to beautiful – minimal – vintage – album cover design..”

“..Project Thirty-Three is a lovely website -

- honoring beautiful minimalist graphic design on vintage album covers..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Project Thirty-Three: a website devoted to beautiful, minimal vintage album cover design – Boing Boing.

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“..Meltdown America – Is The US Military Preparing For The Collapse Of The Dollar?..” (doco..)

“..Is The US Military Preparing For The Collapse Of The Dollar?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Meltdown America – Is The US Military Preparing For The Collapse Of The Dollar?.

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“..NSA Targeted Barack Obama Before He Became A Senator..”

“..Luke Rudkowski speaks with NSA Whistleblower Russ Tice.

Is Barack Obama being blackmailed?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

NSA Targeted Barack Obama Before He Became A Senator.

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“..We Cannot Still Ignore The Perils Of Intervention..”

“..Iraq – Afghanistan – Syria – and now Ukraine.

Catastrophe follows where US and EU meddle..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

We Cannot Still Ignore The Perils Of Intervention.

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“..Chris Marker: Mystic film-maker with a Midas touch..”

“..Chris Marker was a Nouvelle Vague film-maker -

- whose video art is among the finest – and most affecting -

- ever produced..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Chris Marker: Mystic film-maker with a Midas touch – Features – Films – The Independent.

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“.. Katsuyama: ‘I believe that the markets are rigged’..”

“..An exposé of high-frequency trading in Wall Street has given the whistleblower a platform.

And he’s pushing for reform..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Brad Katsuyama: ‘I believe that the markets are rigged’ – Business Analysis & Features – Business – The Independent.

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“..Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘positively inspiring’ website – suffers losses – and struggles with debts..”

“..Curiously – considering the losses – the ‘administrative expenses’ -

- included pay rises for Paltrow and then CEO Sebastian Bishop – who has since left the business.

Their salaries were upped from £102,788 in 2011 to £350,000 in 2012 -

- and they were both given interest-free loans.

Paltrow is yet to repay her borrowed £29,200..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘positively inspiring’ website suffers losses and struggles with debts – People – News – The Independent.

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“..’Stop Tony Meow’: The web plug-in that swapped pictures of Australian PM Tony Abbot for a cat..”

“..The Australian government used up more than 130 pages of correspondence -

- talking about a viral web plug-in that replaces pictures of their Prime Minister with ‘cute kittens’.

The programme called ‘Stop Tony Meow’ -

- swaps images of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott -

- with pictures of cats..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

‘Stop Tony Meow’: The web plug-in that swapped pictures of Australian PM Tony Abbot for a cat – Australasia – World – The Independent.

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“.. Nigel Farage doesn’t like immigrants taking British jobs…”

“..unless it’s his German wife -

- whom he employs..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Ukip leader Nigel Farage defends employing German wife, at launch of anti-immigration poster campaign – Home News – UK – The Independent.

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“..Economic Policy in a Post-Piketty World..” 

“..If we want to counter the rise in inequality that we have seen in recent decades -

- we are going to have to find other mechanisms for reversing this upward redistribution -

- than a politically infeasible global wealth tax.

Specifically we will have to look to ways to reduce the rents earned by the wealthy.

These rents stem from government interventions in the economy -

- that have the effect of redistributing income upward.

Fortunately we have a full bag of policy tools to accomplish precisely this task.

The best place to start is the financial industry..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Economic Policy in a Post-Piketty World | Dean Baker.

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“..Shane Jones departure ‘like losing Richie McCaw’..”

(ed:..i rarely attempt a sports-joke..

..but surely ‘losing’ jones is more like losing benji marshall..?..)

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Shane Jones departure ‘like losing Richie McCaw’ | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Jon Stewart Skewers Fox..”

“..Sean Hannity -

- has now made Glenn Beck the voice of reason..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

WATCH: Jon Stewart Skewers Fox for ‘Welfare Rancher’ Cliven Bundy Hypocrisy | Alternet.

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“..Matt Taibbi’s New Book Is a Striking Study of How the Rich Are Never Punished for Their Crimes..”

“..’The Divide’ is a riveting account -

- of how the 1% get away with pretty much whatever they want..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Matt Taibbi’s New Book Is a Striking Study of How the Rich Are Never Punished for Their Crimes | Alternet.

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“..Robert Reich: How to Fix Sky-high CEO Pay – in Companies that Pay Workers Like Serfs..”

“..A new tax would narrow pay discrepancy —

- and help the economy..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Robert Reich: How to Fix Sky-high CEO Pay in Companies that Pay Workers Like Serfs | Alternet.

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“..Why Economist Thomas Piketty Has Scared the Pants Off the American Right..”

“..If you call rigorous economic research on inequality a Communist plot -

- will it go away?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Why Economist Thomas Piketty Has Scared the Pants Off the American Right | Alternet.

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“..How much is your personal data worth?..”

“..Putting aside the privacy issues -

- how much is personal data worth?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

How much is your personal data worth? | News | The Guardian.

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comment@whoar:..some final thoughts on shane jones..

ed:..five minutes from now it’ll be ‘shane who?’…

..the supermarket-duopoly issue isn’t shane jones’..

..it’s the supermarket duopoly issue..

..and his achievements in those nine years..?

..waiting..waiting…

..he will get a footnote as man in wrong party..

(national or nz first are his natural homes..)

..who serially over-promised/under-delivered..

..and had the laziest man in parliament award in his pocket most years..

..(as noted elsewhere he has been spokesperson for maori affairs since the death of parekura horomia..

..and who knew..?..eh..?..)

..his leadership tilt was a (tory/oil-company-funded) rightwing spoiling action..

..and was a joke…

..and it will be his auto-eroticism/laziness/disruption that will mark any memories..

..as he sprays his way out the door..

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“..A bottle of wine a day is harmless? – The evidence suggests otherwise..”

“..Claims that alcohol is only harmful to health if you drink more than 13 units per day -

- are unsubstantiated..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

A bottle of wine a day is harmless? The evidence suggests otherwise | Suzi Gage | Science | The Guardian.

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“..The Kinks’ Dave Davies sends message of support to Malcolm Young..”

“..Guitarist who suffered stroke in 2004 -

- tells AC/DC founder to ‘never give up’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

The Kinks’ Dave Davies sends message of support to Malcolm Young | Culture | The Guardian.

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“..Poverty has been rebranded as personal failure..”

“..The government absolves itself of guilt for the crisis its policies have produced -

- by blaming disabled and poor people for their own difficulties..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Poverty has been rebranded as personal failure | Frances Ryan | Society | The Guardian.

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“..Royal tour is all about creation of soft propaganda..”

“..This is succession planning.

It’s about laying down memories in Australia -

- against the time the Queen dies.

The first tour is the one that matters –

- the tour with the young couple and the baby -

- the gloss not worn off their marriage -

- and possible princely misdemeanours of the child far in the future..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Royal tour of Australia is all about creation of soft propaganda | World | The Guardian.

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“..The artist who lays eggs with her vagina – or why performance art is so silly..”

“..Milo Moiré gives birth to her PlopEgg paintings naked..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The artist who lays eggs with her vagina – or why performance art is so silly | Culture | The Guardian.

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“..This is why your brain wants to swear..”

“..why are certain words considered dangerous in the first place?

And why when they are – do they seem to possess that special raw power?

Surveys of swearwords – which seem to be present in all cultures -

- have divided them into the ‘deistic’ –

- those related to religion –

- and the ‘visceral’ –

- those related to the body..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

This is why your brain wants to swear | David Shariatmadari | Comment | The Guardian.

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“..Samsung demands $6m – as it attacks Apple’s FaceTime video calling..”

“..Samsung attacks Apple -

- after three weeks of defence in renewed $2bn patent row..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Samsung demands $6m as it attacks Apple’s FaceTime video calling | Tech | The Guardian.

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big-pharmas to join up to become even bigger pharmas…

“..Speculation over possible Pfizer offer for AstraZeneca -

- also comes after Valeant bid for Botox maker Allergan..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Pharma ‘blockbuster’ rumours swirl after Glaxo and Novartis deals | Economy | The Guardian.

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“..North Korea: the new generation losing faith in the regime..”

“..After decades of absolute control -

- Pyongyang’s iron grip on the lives of ordinary citizens is finally slipping..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

North Korea: the new generation losing faith in the regime | World | The Guardian.

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feedback on shane jones standing down..

(at time of posting the comment-count is at 253..)

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Shane Jones standing down as MP – The Standard.

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“..New Zealand Herald Editorial: Act Party’s burglary law will strike out..”

“..Mr Whyte says Act’s policy is modelled on one introduced in England and Wales in 1999 -

- and that any increase in the prison population would be
moderate’.

This should be seen in context.

Fifteen years ago the major British political parties were striving to respond to public pressure for more and longer prison sentences.

The outcome of such policies was the spending of billions of pounds on new jails.

Finally it was recognised that such expenditure was misguided -

- and that more attention should be paid to rehabilitation and crime prevention.

New Zealand should not have to go further down the path advocated by Act -

- before it learns the same lesson…”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Editorial: Act Party’s burglary law will strike out – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Caption competition..”

(ed:..this is a caption-contest @ the standard..

..to which i made a reasonably large contribution..(phillip ure..)..

..and readers from parts foreign may wonder who these characters pictured are..

..the one who looks like a bit of rough-trade is a far-right blogger..

..and the one who looks like a wine-waiter is an hawaiian-overstayer seeking high office in new zealand..)

go to source/story>>>

Caption competition – The Standard.

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how does a ponsonby rd restaurant lose $5 million..?

“..Shareholders and the other creditors are therefore in line to lose more than $5 million..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Scrap over $109k food bill – Business – NZ Herald News.

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mining-magnate blocks australias’ climate-change policy…

“..Australia may be left without a climate change policy -

- following mining magnate Clive Palmer’s decision to direct his United Party senators to block the Government’s direct action plan..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Winds of change as Palmer holds sway over climate shift – World – NZ Herald News.

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“..Jones shocks Labour by quitting..”

“..Shane Jones has blindsided his Labour Party colleagues -

- by announcing last night he intended to quit politics -

- just months out from the election..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Jones shocks Labour by quitting – National – NZ Herald News.

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