“..RNZ news boss steps down..”

“..Radio New Zealand news boss Don Rood has stepped down after 31 years with the state broadcaster.

Rood said his position as Head of News had been disestablished – and would be replaced with a new role – Head of Content -

- that would oversee content across news – current affairs – drama – features – and music.

He decided not to apply for the new position but was coy on the reason why.

‘That’s a story for another day’ he said..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

RNZ news boss steps down | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Auckland transport project overhauled..”

“..Auckland’s top transport project has been overhauled to save the debt-ridden city almost $500 million.

The City Rail Link project – in the pipeline since the super-city was born – will lose a train station in the inner-city suburb of Newton – saving about $150m.

Extra electric trains, to the tune of $300m -

- have also been slashed from the project..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Auckland transport project overhauled – national | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Wild windy weekend ahead..”

“..A grim forecast of gales and heavy rain for the next few days -

- is set to blight weekend plans for people around the country..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Wild, windy weekend ahead – national | Stuff.co.nz.

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the internet/mana party sth island road-tour – itinerary..

The Internet MANA roadtrip is coming to the mainland!

WED AUG 6th | NELSON, 6PM
Kowhai Lounge, H Block, Malborough Institute of Technology, 322 Hardy St, Nelson

https://www.facebook.com/events/259499637572802/?ref=5

THURS 7th | CHRISTCHURCH, 7PM
Cardboard Cathedral, 234 Hereford St, Christchurch 8011

https://www.facebook.com/events/677163119027210/?ref=5

SUN 10th | QUEENSTOWN, 5PM
Whakatipu High School Hall, 68 Fryer St, Boydtown, Queenstown.

https://www.facebook.com/events/301096936739539/?ref=5

MON 11th | INVERCARGILL, 6PM
Southland Boys High School Hall, 181 Herbert St, Invercargill

https://www.facebook.com/events/825903987443053/?ref=5

TUES 12th | DUNEDIN, 6PM
Level 2A, Forsyth Barr Stadium, 130 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin, 9016

https://www.facebook.com/events/1442875762658054/?ref=5

WED 13th | TIMARU, 6PM
Pleasant Point Town Hall,

https://www.facebook.com/events/1488401341398432/?ref=5

THURS 14th | BLENHEIM, 6PM
Wisheart Function Room, Civic Theatre, 18 Arthur St, Blenheim 7201
https://www.facebook.com/events/342761245875969/?ref=5..”

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“..Groser orders up protected Antarctic toothfish..”

“..A plate of protected Antarctic toothfish -

- and controversial dish foie gras -

- were on the table at a lavish taxpayer-funded dinner hosted by Trade Minister Tim Groser.

Mr Groser and two officials ordered the toothfish –

- a species which New Zealand is going to huge lengths to protect –

- at a Singapore restaurant in January – ministerial credit card receipts released by the Department of Internal Affairs show.

The receipt says Mr Groser spent $300 on the meal at Table for 7, which included $35 on the Chilean Sea Bass – also known as Patagonian or Antarctic toothfish.

The minister ordered foie gras for $26 – two pan-seared duck dishes for $35 each – and a $90 bottle of Central Otago pinot noir.

Mr Groser was in the country for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks -

- and the meal was declared as a ‘delegation dinner hosted by the Minister’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Groser orders up protected Antarctic toothfish – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Labour jumps to 30pc in Roy Morgan survey..”

“..Labour has been handed some rare good news on the last day of the current Parliament -

- with a new poll showing a big rebound in its fortunes.

The latest Roy Morgan survey puts Labour at 30 per cent -

- up 6.5 percentage points on the same poll two weeks ago.

National was down 5 percentage points at 46 per cent -

- its lowest level in the poll since May..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Labour jumps to 30pc in Roy Morgan survey | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Rick Perlstein: ‘Ronald Reagan absolved America almost in a priestly role not to have to contend with sin. The consequences are all around us today’..”

“..From climate change to foreign affairs -

- Reagan pushed America toward easy lies -

- just as reckoning seemed possible..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Rick Perlstein: “Ronald Reagan absolved America almost in a priestly role not to have to contend with sin. The consequences are all around us today” – Salon.com.

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“..National Review declares war against the nerds..”

“..Why are conservatives so annoyed by Neil DeGrasse Tyson?

Because – you know – science..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

National Review declares war against the nerds – Salon.com.

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“..Ten bands I will be forced to listen to in hell..”

“..Damnation’s eternal soundtrack..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Ten bands I will be forced to listen to in hell – Salon.com.

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“..How stoned is too stoned to drive?..”

“..The US government is analyzing data from what it claims is the biggest study on how pot affects how you drive..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

How stoned is too stoned to drive? – Boing Boing.

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“..Tree grows 40 types of fruit..”

“..a tree that ‘grows over forty different types of stone fruit -

- including peaches – plums – apricots – nectarines – cherries – and almonds..”

(cont..)

(ed:..very cool..!..)

go to source/story>>

Tree grows 40 types of fruit – Boing Boing.

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“..Perfectly-timed photos..”

“..A fantastic collection of photos taken at perfect moments..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Perfectly-timed photos – Boing Boing.

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“..An American Hippie in Israel..”

“..Here’s the trailer from the 1972 blockbuster -

- An American Hippie in Israel..”

(cont..)

(ed:..possibly all you need to see..of that ‘blockbuster’..)

go to source/story>>>

An American Hippie in Israel – Boing Boing.

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“..July’s TV news bloopers reel..”

(ed:..they are usually a laff..eh..?..this one delivers/doesn’t disappoint..)

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

July’s TV news bloopers reel – Boing Boing.

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“..Original art from the greatest private comic collection on earth..”

“..One evening several years ago my friend – the artist Coop -

- took me to the San Fernando Valley house of comic book art collector Glenn Bray..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Original art from the greatest private comic collection on earth – Boing Boing.

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“..The 1944 science fiction story that predicted the atomic bomb..”

“..In 1944- fully a year before the first successful nuclear test -

- Astounding Science Fiction magazine published a remarkably detailed description of an atomic bomb -

- in a story called Deadline.

The story by the otherwise undistinguished author Cleve Cartmill -

- sent military intelligence racing to discover the source of his information —

- and his motives for publishing it..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The 1944 science fiction story that predicted the atomic bomb – Boing Boing.

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“..app promises free ‘strongly encrypted’ mobile voice calls..”

“..The open source software group Open Whisper Systems has announced the release of Signal -

- ‘the first iOS app designed to enable easy strongly encrypted voice calls for free’.

Download it now for your iPhone..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

iOS app Signal promises free, ‘strongly encrypted’ mobile voice calls – Boing Boing.

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“..The magic of hacking reality..”

“..As humans we search for ways to escape reality.

For centuries – magicians have fucked our minds in the blink of an eye.

Magic experience designer Ferdinando Buscema tells us how..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The magic of hacking reality – Boing Boing.

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“..The Crisis of Palestine: George Galloway..” (video.)

“..British MP George Galloway -

- On Israel’s Attack On Gaza..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

“The Crisis of Palestine” George Galloway.

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“..U.S. Holds the World Record of Killings of Innocent Civilians..”

“..The U.S. government is a gigantic mass-murdering machine – which earns profit through waging wars -

- and is never held accountable over its unspeakable war crimes -

- and crimes against humanity..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

U.S. Holds the World Record of Killings of Innocent Civilians.

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“..Video – Ex-Israeli Soldier Speaks Out..”

“..An Israeli Soldier’s Story – Eran Efrati –

What he says will change everything you think you know about Israel..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Video – Ex-Israeli Soldier Speaks Out….

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“..Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza..”

“..In American media discourse – when Palestinians overwhelmingly kill soldiers (95% of the Israeli death toll) -

- that is ‘terrorism’;

- when Israelis use massive brutal force against a trapped civilian population -

- with clear intentions to kill civilians -

- that is noble ‘self-defense’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza.

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“..Israel’s Campaign to Send Gaza Back to the Stone Age..”

“..As a doctor rushed from taking shrapnel out of a man’s back -

- over to a 4-year-old boy screaming in pain -

- the lights flickered.

And that was before the power plant was hit..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Israel’s Campaign to Send Gaza Back to the Stone Age.

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“..The All-American Expo That Invaded Cold War Russia..”

“..Over the course of six weeks during the height of the Cold War -

- almost three million Soviets visited an exhibition that celebrated America.

American kitchens – American art – American cars – and most especially American capitalism.

The American National Exhibition in Moscow was a full-court press to convince the Soviet people of American superiority.

It was supposed to be a showcase for how Americans of the 1950s were living and prospering.

But like nearly everything American during this time -

- it was really about selling the future..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The All-American Expo That Invaded Cold War Russia.

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“..Is Big Pharma Testing Your Meds on Homeless People?..”

“..How the destitute and the mentally ill are being used as human lab rats..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Is Big Pharma Testing Your Meds on Homeless People? — Matter — Medium.

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“..Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?..”

“..Lurking within imminent updates of the two main mobile operating systems – Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android -

- lie two software frameworks (Health Kit and Google Fit respectively)-

- that have been described as ‘the beginning of a health revolution’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit? – Features – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent.

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“..China’s corrupt purge..”

“..An overdue assault on venal elites -

- looks ever more like an authoritarian power-grab on the part of President Xi..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

China’s corrupt purge – Editorials – Voices – The Independent.

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“..10 best over-ear headphones..”

“..From Skullcandy cans that vibrate your skull -

- to headphones that look like they should come with a racing car from the 1950s -

- we’ve tried and tested the latest and best over-ear headphones around -

- and narrowed it down to this top 10..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

10 best over-ear headphones – Gadgets & Tech – IndyBest – The Independent.

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“..Australian model stages naked protest against huge coal mine seven times the size of Sydney Harbour..”

“..An Australian model has stripped naked to protest against a huge coal mine planned for Queensland -

- that campaigners fear will damage the Great Barrier Reef.

Robyn Lawley (25) posted a picture on her Instagram page with ‘stop coal mining’ scrawled on her bare stomach in lipstick -

- to draw attention to the issue..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Australian model Robyn Lawley stages naked protest against huge coal mine seven times the size of Sydney Harbour – People – News – The Independent.

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“..FBI Errors Found In 16 Death Penalty Cases..”

“..Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department – as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab -

- has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency – government officials said..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Federal review stalled after finding forensic errors by FBI lab unit spanned two decades – The Washington Post.

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“..7 Superfoods You’ve Never Heard Of..”

“..Superfoods are – according to the dictionary -

- quite simply ‘nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

7 Superfoods You’ve Never Heard Of.

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“..Midlife Drinking Problems Could Spell Memory Loss In Later Life..”

“..researchers now have reason to believe that the consequences of heavy drinking in midlife -

- could come back to haunt you later in life.

A new study conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School says older adults who’ve had a history of problem drinking in midlife -

- are more than twice as likely to have severe cognitive and memory impairment -

- than those who don’t..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Midlife Drinking Problems Could Spell Memory Loss In Later Life.

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“..First Look At The Other-Worldly Art Of Burning Man 2014..”

“..One of the very best things about Burning Man –

- the week-long post-apocalyptic celebration of creative expression that pops up in the Nevada desert each August -

- is the awe-inspiring collection of art on display..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

An Exclusive First Look At The Other-Worldly Art Of Burning Man 2014.

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“..Russell Brand Takes Down Sean Hannity..” (video..)

“..Russell Brand was back Tuesday with another installment of his media-crushing YouTube channel.

His latest target: Sean Hannity..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Russell Brand Takes Down Sean Hannity For ‘Childish’ Segment On Gaza.

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“..Is Girl-Power Advertising Doing Women Any Good?..”

“..Why are multinational corporations suddenly so interested in fighting sexism?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Is Girl-Power Advertising Doing Women Any Good? | Alternet.

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“..Why One School District Is Throwing All of its Student Laptops Away..”

“..Is giving students laptops a terrible idea?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Why One School District Is Throwing All of its Student Laptops Away | Alternet.

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“..Conservative Says Something Sane – Fox Freaks Out..”

“..In a comments that seemed to surprise some of his fellow panelists -

- Fox News contributor and conservative columnist George Will said Sunday that the U.S. should welcome the unaccompanied minors surging across the southern border – fleeing violence in their home countries – reported Raw Story.

“We ought to say to these children – ‘Welcome to America – you’re going to go to school – and get a job – and become American’” Mr. Will said on Fox News – according to Raw Story.

He added – ‘The idea that we can’t assimilate these 8-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Conservative Says Something Sane, Fox Freaks Out | Alternet.

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“..How Your Appearance Is Affecting Your Behavior..”

“..Our cultural preoccupation with physical appearance isn’t just a narcissistic tendency.

It reflects our striving for social standing..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

How Your Appearance Is Affecting Your Behavior | Alternet.

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“..No – Teens Don’t Smoke More Pot In Medical Marijuana States..”

“..A new national report dispels the common prohibitionist argument..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

No, Teens Don’t Smoke More Pot In Medical Marijuana States | Alternet.

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“..Secrets of the Right-Wing Brain: New Study Proves It – Conservatives See a Hostile World..”

“..Phony WMD – Benghazi – birthers – truthers -

- turns out there’s a scientific explanation for deniers and Tea Partyers..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Secrets of the Right-Wing Brain: New Study Proves It — Conservatives See a Hostile World | Alternet.

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