Parts of Sydney experienced a fresh deluge on Saturday – as the central coast and Hunter braced for more wild weather
Source: Sydney hit by hail, flash floods, as storm-affected areas warned to expect more | Australia news | The Guardian
Rolling coverage of developments in Himalayan nation following 7.9 magnitude quake near Kathmandu
Source: Nepal earthquake: death toll exceeds 1,000 people – live updates | World news | The Guardian
Footage has emerged of the terrifying moment a 6m great white shark lunged at a dinghy carrying an international film crew off Stewart Island.
Two people were on the inflatable craft filming for documentary…
Source: Great white shark attacks film crew – National – NZ Herald News
As Stephie Key prepares for her first solo art exhibition in Paris – the Prime Minister’s daughter has revealed the inspiration behind her risque creations.
Source: Why John Key’s daughter Stephie likes to get naked for art – ‘strong women’ – National – NZ Herald News
The Reserve Bank’s suggestion to revisit tax incentives for landlords has highlighted how poisoned that debate has become –
– after voters rejected the Labour/Green Capital Gains Tax at last year’s election.
Source: Land tax the fairest route – Business – NZ Herald News
The world’s supply of phosphorous is running low – threatening agriculture and meat production.
Source: Are we all going to be vegetarians in 50 years? | Stuff.co.nz
Kiwi granddad home after 12 years in US prison for running a global drug operation worth millions.
Source: Kiwi drug smugglers controlled global dope trade | Stuff.co.nz
As commemorations for the thousands of men who died in the infamous First World War Gallipoli campaign begin around the world – drone footage has captured the beauty of the peninsula today.
Source: Gallipoli centenary: Drone footage captures beauty of peninsula 100 years after ill-fated WWI campaign – World – News – The Independent
American democracy has been tainted by lobbying and corporate interests.
How do we fix it?
Source: How to demolish the oligarchy in 3 easy steps – Salon.com
All countries have quirky traditions that probably look a little odd from the outside.
Source: Watch these mesmerizing videos of Japanese synchronized walking competitions – Boing Boing
The USDA’s organic standards don’t prevent animal cruelty — but that may soon change.
Source: Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic Doesn’t Mean It Was Raised Humanely | Mother Jones
Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras reveals what she’s learned from Edward Snowden about global surveillance –
– and how our world has changed.
Source: A TomDispatch Interview With Filmmaker Laura Poitras – Politics – Utne Reader
A startup is fusing VR and nanotech to make cyberpunk fantasies come true.
Source: New VR Tech Lets You Explore Worlds at the Nanoscale | WIRED
Crystal is definitely creepy – perhaps useful – and almost certainly a look at how we’ll communicate in the future.
Source: Write the Perfect Email to Anyone With This Creepy Site | WIRED
survey found the best-liked features are the ones that lighten the burden of driving.
Source: Drivers Love the Tech That’ll Soon Power Self-Driving Cars | WIRED
We’ve gracefully sidestepped not one but two potential online dystopias – and it’s not even May.
Source: 2015: The Year We Saved the Internet | WIRED
Thirty years after his seminal Batman miniseries The Dark Knight – the comics legend is coming back to wrap up the Crusader’s darkest timeline.
Source: Surprise: Frank Miller Is Returning to the Dark Knight Saga | WIRED
“There is always some invented enemy – which is about to destroy us – which we have to defend ourselves against”
Source: Noam Chomsky: Media, NATO, ISIS, Free Trade Agreements & Humanity (2015 NEW) : Information Clearing House – ICH
The marijuana industry is the fastest growing business sector in the United States – according to a recent market report – with sales expected to reach $3.6 billion by the end of 2013, and $13.4 billion by 2020.
Source: Weed industry to be worth $13.4 billion by 2020, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs – Americas – World – The Independent
McDonald’s is planning on closing hundreds of stores to combat a nosedive in profits – as competition heats up in the burger sector.
Source: The four charts that show McDonald’s is in crisis after hundreds of store closures announced – Business News – Business – The Independent
From pogo-ing guinea pigs to mesmerised cats and over-amorous dogs – it seems our pets have a limitless capacity for bizarre behaviour.
Source: From pogo-ing guinea pigs to ‘hypnotised’ rabbits, scientists discover the many mysteries of our pets – News – The Independent
The influential Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft has blamed David Cameron for the party’s failure to open up an opinion poll lead over Labour-
– as the election heads for a draw that could put Ed Miliband in Downing Street.
Source: General Election 2015: Cameron to blame for failing to lead Labour in polls, says Lord Ashcroft – General Election 2015 – UK Politics – The Independent
“..With strong trade winds – volcanic heat – and abundant solar and hydropower –
– the Hawaiian islands have a plethora of natural resources.
Yet the state is America’s largest consumer of fossil fuels per capita..”
Source: Hawaii Wants To Be The First State To Run Completely On Renewable Energy
While it is clear that drug use doesn’t discriminate, the reality is that the war on drug users does discriminate.
Source: The Drug War: The Primary Reason There Are ‘1.5 Million Missing Black Men’ | Alternet
Dr. Sue Sisely is not letting bureaucratic obstacles or political retribution stop her. And veterans suffering PTSD thank her for it.
Source: Meet the Brave Doctor Still Researching Marijuana Even After Getting Fired for It | Alternet
Decade after decade in America — including today — white elites get away with murder by turning blacks and whites against each other.
Source: The Murderous Scam White Elites Have Perpetrated on Blacks and Whites for at Least 4 Centuries | Alternet
In the 1940s – the poor alcoholic artist was saved by a rich heiress – Peggy Guggenheim.
Now the pair are reunited in a knockout show that busts all the myths about America’s noblest savage.
Source: Jackson Pollock, the one-man tornado who spattered his way to fame | Art and design | The Guardian
From distracting blouses to jangling jewellery –
– the fashion details that should never be seen in interview.
Source: Sunglasses and scruffy shoes: the style mistakes that can cost you a job | Fashion | The Guardian
The Apple Watch isn’t the first timepiece to be packed full of gadgetry and gizmos.
Source: From Bond to the Apple Watch: a history of gadgetry on your wrist – video | Technology | The Guardian
US Geological Survey backpedals on previous research on wastewater drilling-induced earthquakes –
– that have shaken eight states in last seven years.
Source: US government says drilling causes earthquakes – what took them so long? | World news | The Guardian
“..Will the outcry over wharf extensions at the Port of Auckland trigger a long-anticipated showdown between the port company and its master –
– the Auckland Council?..”
Source: Port v Council: the battle for Auckland’s harbour – National – NZ Herald News
“..The day is surely not far away when John Key’s gift of the gab is unable to talk him out of a political quagmire –
– into which he has so needlessly dug himself..”
Source: John Armstrong: PM’s hair-pulling has opened ugly can of worms – Opinion – NZ Herald News