“..The 10 Most Obese States in America – (And the Right-Wing Policies That Promote Poor Health)..”

“..Republicans promote policies that entrench poverty -

- and obesity and poverty often go together..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The 10 Most Obese States in America (And the Right-Wing Policies That Promote Poor Health) | Alternet.

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“..Wall Street has gone insane..”

“..Flash Boys – an exposé of the murky world of ‘rigged’ high-frequency trading -

- has sold 130,000 copies in its first week -

- and is already being turned into a film.

Its author Michael Lewis – explains why the story is so compelling –

- and why our brightest minds make the most dangerous bankers..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Michael Lewis: ‘Wall Street has gone insane’ | Economy | The Guardian.

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“..The Guardian’s top 100: which articles have been most popular?..”

“..To celebrate theguardian.com breaking through the 100 million monthly unique browser barrier for the first time -

- we’ve compiled a list of the top 100 most viewed Guardian pieces of content -

- since 2010..”

(cont..)

(ed:..heh..!..you could get lost in this one for most of the easter break..)

go to source/story>>>

The Guardian’s top 100: which articles have been most popular? | News | The Guardian.

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“..Beverley Martyn: ‘Otis Redding thought I was a high-class hooker’..”

“..The long-lost British roots singer is back – aged 67 -

- with a new album – and a new lust for life.

She looks back on a past filled with dark drama..”

(cont..)

(ed:..i am a beverley martin fanboy..)

go to source/story>>>

Beverley Martyn: ‘Otis Redding thought I was a high-class hooker’Beverley Martyn: ‘I’m enjoying this time of my life’ | Music | The Guardian.

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“..’I love parliament – but I don’t want to die in the chamber’: farewell from Austin Mitchell MP..”

“..Mitchell explains why he is standing down..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

‘I love parliament but I don’t want to die in the chamber’: farewell from Austin Mitchell MP | UK news | theguardian.com.

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“..Ronnie Spector: ‘When I hear applause – it’s like I’m having an orgasm’..”

“..The lead singer of the Ronettes on being the bad girl with big hair –

- the glass coffin in her basement -

- and whether she should have married John Lennon instead of Phil Spector..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Ronnie Spector: ‘When I hear applause, it’s like I’m having an orgasm’ | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Portland to flush 38m gallons of water – after man urinates in reservoir..”

“..Open reservoir holds water that has already been treated-

- and goes directly into mains for distribution to customers..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Portland to flush 38m gallons of water after man urinates in reservoir | World news | theguardian.com.

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“..Drones – monkeys – and psychedelia: Sigmar Polke at MoMA – in pictures..”

“..Sigmar Polke – the experimental trickster of German art -

- is the focus of one of the largest ever exhibitions at MoMA..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Drones, monkeys and psychedelia: Sigmar Polke at MoMA – in pictures | Art and design | theguardian.com.

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“..Pixies: Indie Cindy review – ‘They no longer seem strange’..”

“..Pixies’ first album since 1991 sounds like it could have easily have followed Trompe Le Monde –

- and that’s the whole problem..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

3 out of 5

via Pixies: Indie Cindy review – ‘They no longer seem strange’ | Music | The Guardian.

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“..The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review – appealing leads – and zappy scraps – but a sense of deja vu..”

“..The webslinger and his conspicuously male adversaries -

- have some zappy scraps in this reboot sequel -

- but the most intriguing clashes here are between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review – appealing leads and zappy scraps, but a sense of deja vu | Film | The Guardian.

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“..Enter the surreal wonderland of pagan China – in pictures..”

“..With hallucinatory images of villagers dressed up as supernatural beings and near-forgotten deities -

- it is a fascinating portrait of Chinese peasant life today..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Enter the surreal wonderland of pagan China – in pictures | Art and design | theguardian.com.

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“..Why is Good Housekeeping’s ‘intimate test’ on vibrators so shocking?..”

“..Vibrators became mainstream with Sex and the City in 1998 –

- but some people still seem confused about women using them..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Why is Good Housekeeping’s ‘intimate test’ on vibrators so shocking? | Fay Schopen | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

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“..South Korea ferry disaster: captain and crew accused of abandoning passengers..”

“..Survivors and families of 287 people thought to be trapped inside sunken vessel -

- voice anger at crew’s response to accident..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

South Korea ferry disaster: captain and crew accused of abandoning passengers | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Sharknado was daft fun – but celebrities will kill the sequel | Film | The Guardian

“..Everyone in Sharknado was a nobody or a would-be has-been -

- and it worked because they played it straight.

The self-conscious follow-up is bound to jump the shark..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Sharknado was daft fun but celebrities will kill the sequel | Film | The Guardian.

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“..John Pilger:..Nato’s action plan in Ukraine is right out of Dr Strangelove..”

“..From China to Ukraine -

- the US is pursuing its longstanding ambition to dominate the Eurasian landmass..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Nato’s action plan in Ukraine is right out of Dr Strangelove | John Pilger | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..Ukraine crisis: Geneva talks produce agreement on defusing conflict..”

“.. US – Russia – Ukraine – and EU -

- agree measures in Geneva -

- including disarmament and amnesties..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Ukraine crisis: Geneva talks produce agreement on defusing conflict | World news | theguardian.com.

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“..Fired exec gets $58m for 15 months work..”

“..Yahoo’s recently fired chief operating officer -

- left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million -

- even though he lasted just 15 months..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Fired exec gets $58m for 15 months work – Business – NZ Herald News.

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“..New Zealanders consume mystery drugs..”

“..Drug users are playing a potentially fatal game of snorting mystery white powders -

- usually at parties..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

New Zealanders consume mystery drugs | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Business backs Labour’s manufacturing plan..”

“..Business groups have cautiously welcomed Labour’s manufacturing policy.

Labour is promising research and development tax credits and accelerated depreciation for hi-tech firms -

- at a cost of $300 million a year.

Government departments will be encouraged to buy locally -

- as part of Labour’s manufacturing policy announced by leader David Cunliffe..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Business backs Labour’s manufacturing plan | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Google’s New Modular Phone May Be the Last You’ll Need to Buy..”

“..Google’s initial objective is to ramp up a hardware ecosystem -

- that moves at the same pace as the software it runs..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Google’s New Modular Phone May Be the Last You’ll Need to Buy | Gadget Lab | WIRED.

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“..Beyond Fargo: 10 Movies That Would Make Great TV Shows..”

“..Now that FX has turned a Coen Brothers cult hit into a TV series with Fargo -

- here are a few other flicks that deserve their time on the small screen..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Beyond Fargo: 10 Movies That Would Make Great TV Shows | Underwire | WIRED.

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“..People Like Their Music Served Medium Funky..”

“..what is it about a catchy tune that makes us groove?

Scientists think they’ve figured out at least part of the recipe:

- just the right mix of regular rhythms -

- and unexpected beats..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

People Like Their Music Served Medium Funky | Science | WIRED.

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“..natural gas wells are leaking up to 1,000 times more methane than EPA estimates..”

“..More evidence that natural gas drilling – as practiced -

- is a significant contributor to climate change..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Pennsylvania’s natural gas wells are leaking up to 1,000 times more methane than EPA estimates – Salon.com.

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“..Maya Rudolph’s 11 most memorable TV moments..”

“..we present her best impersonations -

- from Maya Angelou – to Oprah..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Maya Rudolph’s 11 most memorable TV moments – Salon.com.

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“..Jimmy Carter takes a stance against Keystone XL..”

“..The former president and a group of Nobel laureates -

- urged Obama to reject the pipeline..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Jimmy Carter takes a stance against Keystone XL – Salon.com.

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“..20 remarkable facts you never knew about Stephen Colbert..”

“..Did you know that Colbert originally had a southern accent?

Neither did we!..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

20 remarkable facts you never knew about Stephen Colbert – Salon.com.

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“..The 10 most horrifying fast food gimmicks of all time..”

“..KFC’s Double Down is back -

- and it’s in disgusting company..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The 10 most horrifying fast food gimmicks of all time – Salon.com.

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“..What is the average penis length?..”

“..Let’s just get this out of the way up front: 14.15 cm (or 5.57 inches).

That’s the mean length of an erect penis -

- according to a new study.

I’ll wait here while you break out the measuring tape.

Finished yet?

OK – with that out of the way -

- we can get to the more interesting stuff -

- (said like a true vagina-haver)..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

What is the average penis length? – Salon.com.

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“..Japan copies – improves Western culture..”

“..the best examples of Japanese Americana don’t just replicate our culture.

They strike out – on their own -

- into levels of appreciation and refinement rarely found in America.

They give us an opportunity to consider our culture as refracted through a foreign and clarifying prism..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Japan copies, improves Western culture – Boing Boing.

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“..Scientists begin investigating possible health impacts of e-cigarettes..”

“..A study released in January found that e-cigarette vapor can promote the development of cancer in certain types of human cells —

- at least – when those cells are in a petri dish..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Scientists begin investigating possible health impacts of e-cigarettes – Boing Boing.

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“..Pulp magazine and pinup auction preview..” – Boing Boing

“..Heritage’s Pin-up – Pulp – & Advertising Art Signature Auction..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Pulp magazine and pinup auction preview – Boing Boing.

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“..Lessons of Immortality and Mortality From My Father – Carl Sagan..”

“..After days at elementary school -

- I came home to immersive tutorials on skeptical thought and secular history lessons of the universe -

- one dinner table conversation at a time.

My parents would patiently entertain an endless series of ‘why?’ questions -

- never meeting a single one with a ‘because I said so’ -

- or ‘that’s just how it is’.

Each query was met with a thoughtful and honest response —

- even the ones for which there are no answers..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Lessons of Immortality and Mortality From My Father, Carl Sagan – The Cut.

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“..The Truth About Google X: An Exclusive Look Behind The Secretive Lab’s Closed Doors..”

“..If there’s a master plan behind X -

- it’s that a frictional arrangement of ragtag intellects is the best hope for creating products that can solve the world’s most intractable issues.

Yet Google X – as Teller describes it – is an experiment in itself -

- an effort to reconfigure the process by which a corporate lab functions -

- in this case by taking incredible risks across a wide variety of technological domains -

- and by not hesitating to stray far from its parent company’s business.

We don’t yet know if this will prove to be genius or folly.

There’s actually no historical model – no ­precedent -

- for what these people are doing..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

The Truth About Google X: An Exclusive Look Behind The Secretive Lab’s Closed Doors | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

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New Zealand Parliament – List of questions for oral answer – Thursday – 17 April 2014..

(ed:..i will post a commentary @ the close of proceedings..)

Questions to Ministers

1)..DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with all of the Prime Minister’s statements concerning transport?

..o’rourke gets a special fashion-tragic award..for an alarmingly coloured waistcoat..

(relevant heckle:..

..’it’s good to see a tailor with a sense of humour’..)

2)..JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on recent trends in the cost of living for New Zealanders?

3)..GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Did she meet with a senior official from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, also known as the AQSIQ, during her Ministerial visit to China in October 2013?

..robertson drip-feeds more corruption-evidence against collins..

4)..PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What progress has the Government made on the mixed ownership model programme?

5)..Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?

6)..ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What recent reports has she received about the number of people on a benefit?

after boasting how many people have been kicked off benefit…

..bennett refuses to answer how many people she has kicked off benefits..have gone into work..

7)..Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he support or condemn the killing of a New Zealand citizen by a United States drone strike in Yemen last year?

..kennedy asks what can’t the american govt. do to nz citizens..?

8)..Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on further Initial Teacher Education provision?

..calder..one of the strongest reasons for the upcoming beard-backlash..and he of the unfortunate/over-acted delivery..he puts the ham in acting..

9)..JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statements that police are “much happier under a National-led Government” and that, “there have been no police budget cuts”?

..frontline police resignations have tripled since 2009…(but tolley says they are ‘incredibly happy’..those police..)

10)..CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Associate Minister of Transport: What recent initiatives has the Government announced to help improve safety on our roads?

11)..DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Immigration: What steps has he taken to ensure that New Zealand workers are given priority for jobs in the Christchurch rebuild and migrant workers given temporary visas are protected?

there have been no prosecutions in the last 12 months..despite many reports of migrant-labour abuse..

(woody-from-toy-story) woodhouse sez everything’s sweet..

12)..TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Primary Industries: Is he aware of the concerns of the Chairman of Te Rananga ? Iwi o Ngapuhi that the revised policy laid out in the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill will disproportionately affect iwi owners of settlement quota who lack the scale, capital and flexibility of other quota owners to make other arrangements for catching their annual catch entitlement; if so, what is he doing to address these concerns?

..the minister for fucking the environment is in shot..groser is his name..he who will go into the history books as one of the most reviled government ministers..ever..

.future generations/people not yet born..will curse him with a vehemence that will be frightening to behold..

..’cos’..he..key..this govt…they know what current actions on their part are doing to the future world/environment..

..and they either don’t care..or greed is the greater god to them..or they are pig-ignorant in their hubris..which is it..?

summary;..not a lot happened..one of the most boring q-times ever..don’t bother watching repeats..a 1/10 questiontime..

..really..!..steer well clear of..!

New Zealand Parliament – List of questions for oral answer.

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a new vespa:..the primavera..

“..The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s -

- and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales – Features – Motoring – The Independent.

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“..Revolutionary genetic drug trial will open up a ‘new era’ in the fight against cancer..”

“..Trials of personalised treatments to begin this summer..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Revolutionary genetic drug trial will open up a ‘new era’ in the fight against cancer – Health News – Health & Families – The Independent.

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“..Insane Downhill Bicycle Ride – Will Keep You On Edge Of Your Seat..”

“..We can tell you that Gulevich – now 27 -

- doesn’t crash in the first-person POV footage below -

- and that still won’t detract from the thrills.

(We’re still waiting for our white knuckles to revert to normal skin tone!)..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Insane Downhill Bicycle Ride Will Keep You On Edge Of Your Seat.

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“..10 Most Disappointing Destinations in the World..” (ed:..don’t leave to see the world – until you have been to avon-dale..)

(ed:..why isn’t the destination of modern day ‘beating bad’ pilgrims ? -

- those wending their meth-soaked way to alberquerque..

..(and only heading for a serious/guaranteed comedown once that sad burg hoves into view..

..that flat/soulless mess of strip-malls..)

..why aren’t warnings being issued for those soon-to-be-suffering fanboys/girls..?

..and you can’t really go on names..as any sort of a guide..

..here in auckland..have you ever seen the commercial-centre of the (poetically-named) avon-dale..?

..whoar..!..

..it is the kaikohe of the south..

..neither an avon nor a dale to be seen/within coo-ee..)

(cont..)

..go to source/story>>

10 Most Disappointing Destinations in the World | SmarterTravel.

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“..New Beard Study Suggests Hipsters Should Think Twice About Weird Facial Hair..”

“..The beard has turned into the padded bra of masculinity.

Sure it looks sexy – but whatcha got under there?

There’s a whole generation running around looking like lumberjacks -

- and most of you can’t change a fucking tire..”

(cont..)

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

go to source/story>>>

New Beard Study Suggests Hipsters Should Think Twice About Weird Facial Hair.

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“..Eric Holder Calls On First Responders To Carry Naloxone – Anti-Overdose Drug..”

“..U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on police and fire departments -

- to equip their employees with a lifesaving drug that can reverse heroin overdoses -

- adding his voice to a growing chorus advocating expanded naloxone access..”

(cont..)

(ed:..and of course this should be the case here..

..if only on harm-minimisation grounds..)

go to source/story>>>

Eric Holder Calls On First Responders To Carry Naloxone, Anti-Overdose Drug.

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