“..Tiny Homes on the Move – nomadic houses that offer an adventurous yet simpler way of life..”

“..90 nomadic homes made from trailers – school buses – vans – trucks – boats –

- and even a tricycle..”

(cont..)

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Tiny Homes on the Move – nomadic houses that offer an adventurous yet simpler way of life – Boing Boing.

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“..Jonathan Franzen interviews Daniel Kehlmann: ‘Germans and humor: It’s a complex problem! – Detecting humor is not our strong side..”

“..Jonathan Franzen talks with Daniel Kehlmann -

- whose new novel ‘F’ is deeply philosophical -

- and very very funny..”

(cont..)

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Jonathan Franzen interviews Daniel Kehlmann: “Germans and humor: It’s a complex problem! Detecting humor is not our strong side” – Salon.com.

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“..Growing National Unrest Has Many Worried – Even Capitalists..”

“..You show me a highly unequal society – and I will show you a police state.

Or an uprising.

There are no counterexamples.

None.

It’s not if – it’s when..”

(cont..)

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“..The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google..”

“…The search tool was designed to be the largest system for internally sharing secret surveillance records in the United States -

- capable of handling two to five billion new records every day..”

(cont..)

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The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google.

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“..The Dahiya Doctrine: Evidence of Israel’s Intentional Mass Slaughter in Gaza..”

“..A recent release by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange shows brutal depths of Israeli policy towards Gaza..”

(cont..)

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The Dahiya Doctrine: Evidence of Israel’s Intentional Mass Slaughter in Gaza.

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“..Welcome to Paradise: inside the world of legalised prostitution..”

“..When Germany legalised prostitution in 2002 it triggered an apparently unstoppable growth in the country’s sex industry.

It’s now worth 15 billion euros a year -

- and embraces everything from 12-storey mega-brothels to outdoor sex boxes.

But has any of this brought about better conditions for sex workers?..”

(cont..)

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Welcome to Paradise: inside the world of legalised prostitution.

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“..This is Uber’s playbook for sabotaging Lyft..”

“..How startups play dirty to gain any advantage in the exploding taxi app market..”

(cont..)

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This is Uber’s playbook for sabotaging Lyft | The Verge.

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“..US military destroys hypersonic weapon – built ‘to hit any target on Earth within one hour’ – just four seconds into test launch..”

“.. Pentagon says Alaska test aborted to ‘ensure public safety’..”

(cont..)

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Experimental US hypersonic weapon explodes four seconds after test launch in Alaska – Americas – World – The Independent.

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“..Robot sheepdog technology..”

“..Researchers from Swansea University have developed a mathematical shepherding model -

- which they say paves the way for a robot that can gather and herd livestock – control crowds -

- and even clean up the environment..”

(cont..)

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Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings – News – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent.

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have you ever wondered what john key wd look like with a full-face moko..?..and his gang-name tattooed on his forehead..?

(ed:..wonder no more..!..eh..?..)

(cont..)

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Punch Drunk Polity.

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a purported statement from paula bennet – from 1996 – on student-fees/loans..

(ed:..whoar..!..what a difference eight years made..eh..?..

..this is clearly from before when bennet drank the neo-lib kool-ade..

..or was it just a case of opportunism/personal-ambitions..?

..that caused her to u-turn on those 1996 sentiments..

..and to engage in wholesale ladder-destruction..)

(cont..)

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Tim Beatson – Mobile Uploads.

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“..36-year-old skeleton of dead baby found inside Indian woman..”

“..Doctors in India have removed a baby’s skeleton from inside its mother -

- nearly four decades after the unborn infant died..”

(cont..)

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36-year-old skeleton of dead baby found inside Indian woman – Health News – Health & Families – The Independent.

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“..This is what Malaysia Airlines flights look like now..”

“..After suffering two of the worst aviation disasters this year -

- Malaysia Airlines is now said to be making daily operating losses of $1.6million.

The airline is now experiencing flights which are almost completely empty -

- according to pictures posted on social media..”

(cont..)

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This is what Malaysia Airlines flights look like now.

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“..’World’s Tallest Man’ dies – aged 44..”

“..The peasant farmer from the north-western Ukrainian village of Podoliantsy died on Sunday from a cerebral haemorrhage -

- linked to health problems caused by his height.

Before he died – Stadnyk had grown to almost 8 feet 5 inches (2.6 metres)..”

(cont..)

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Former ‘World’s Tallest Man’ Leonid Stadnyk dies aged 44 – Europe – World – The Independent.

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“..Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling..”

“..An independent Scotland’s future currency -

- and its reliance on oil revenue -

- dominated the second televised debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling..”

(cont..)

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Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling – Scottish independence – UK – The Independent.

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“..This six-second video of the Earth is mesmerising..”

“..This video of our planet may take just six seconds to watch -

- but it represents more than six months of satellite imagery..”

(cont..)

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This six-second video of the Earth is mesmerising.

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“..Plastic rubbish heaps at sea pose bigger threat to Earth than climate change – claims ocean expert..”

“..The world’s leading expert on the poisoning of the oceans -

- said he was ‘utterly shocked’ at the increase in plastic floating on the sea in the past five years -

- and warned that it potentially posed a bigger threat to the planet than climate change..”

(cont..)

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Plastic rubbish heaps at sea pose bigger threat to Earth than climate change, claims ocean expert – Environment – The Independent.

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“..Watch Uncensored Robin Williams Joke Used In Emmys Tribute..” (+ comment:..my robin williams/jonathan winters recommendations..)

“..The touching video package ended with a clip from the 1986 comedy special ‘Live At The Met’ -

- in which Williams imagines advice to his young son Zach.

The Emmys cut the punchline but you can watch it -

- and you should..”

(cont..)

(ed:..link has full-performance at the met..

..and i hafta say..the funniest tv i have ever seen..was an appearance by williams on the johhny carson show..the other guest was that other maniac-machinegun-fire-delivery comedian jonathan winters..

..they just riffed off each other..and it all reached an intensity i haven’t seen before..(these were williams’ cocaine-years..that probably helped..)

..the host..carson..was almost horizontal at times..he was laughing so hard..

..so..if you want williams at the height of his powers..hunt down footage of him and winters together…and if you don’t know of winters..

..seek him out too…he was another unalloyed comedic-genius..)

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Watch Uncensored Robin Williams Joke Used In Emmys Tribute.

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“..Archaeologists Discover 15 Previously Unknown Monuments Buried Around Stonehenge..”

“..The mystery surrounding Stonehenge has suddenly deepened – literally.

A first-of-its-kind study suggests that 15 previously undiscovered or poorly understood monuments lie hidden under the ancient stone monument and its surroundings.

For the study, researchers used a variety of techniques -

- including ground-penetrating radar and 3D laser scanning -

- to create a highly detailed subsurface map of the entire area..”

(cont..)

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Archaeologists Discover 15 Previously Unknown Monuments Buried Around Stonehenge.

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“..The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism..” 

“..For investigative reporting – injustice is the gift that just keeps giving.

While so much of the business side of journalism remains in flux -

- fine reporters with an investigative urge are finding ways to shine much needed light into the parts of our global lives -

- that the powerful would rather keep in the shadows..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism | Anya Schiffrin.

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“..Cocaine-Tainted Dollar Bills Make Banker’s Fingers Go Numb..”

“..a sample of the bills tested positive for cocaine…”

(cont..)

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Cocaine-Tainted Dollar Bills Make Banker’s Fingers Go Numb.

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“..Legalizing Weed Is ‘A Security Issue’ – Says Uruguayan President..” (+ comment:..the cheapest weed in the world..?..)

“..Uruguay’s trailblazing legislation legalizing the world’s first government-controlled weed market -

- ‘began essentially as a security issue’ -

- President José Mujica told The Economist magazine in an interview..”

(cont..)

(ed:..a fascinating aspect of what has been done in uruguay..

..is that to ensure the removal of criminal-elements entirely from the market..

..Mujica has mandated that the govt-grown/supplied cannabis in uruguay will be sold at a fixed price of $2 per gram..

..that’s $56 for an ounce..

..we can but dream..eh..?..here in new zealand..

..in a country where the blackmarket/prohibition has moved/driven the cost of cannabis to 10 times what the citizens of uruguay pay for their cannabis..

..whoar..!..eh..?..)

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Legalizing Weed Is ‘A Security Issue,’ Says Uruguayan President.

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“..11 Quotes To Remember Jorge Luis Borges On His Birthday..”

“..One of the most unique literary figures of the twentieth century -

- Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires – Argentina – on this day in 1899.

As a master craftsman of the short story – Borges penned tales of Argentina’s criminal underbelly -

- and created fictional worlds that captured his wonder with the concept of infinitude.

His poems commemorate the unique culture and traditions of the capital of Buenos Aires -

- where he lived until his death in 1986..”

(cont..)

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11 Quotes To Remember Jorge Luis Borges On His Birthday.

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“..Fewer Pain Pill Overdoses In States With Legal Medical Marijuana..”

“..States that have legalized marijuana for medical use have lower rates of prescription painkiller overdose deaths than states that have not..”

(cont..)

Fewer Pain Pill Overdoses In States With Legal Medical Marijuana.

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“..27 Sex Myths You Need To Stop Believing..”

“..we all have just bad information about sex burned into our brains..”

(cont..)

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27 Sex Myths You Need To Stop Believing.

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“..How Diet Soda Builds Desire – and Decreases Satisfaction..”

“..Alas – quite surprisingly – diet drinks are associated with weight gain in several long-term large studies -

- even after results are controlled for the fact that heavier people are more likely to choose diet drinks..”

(cont..)

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How Diet Soda Builds Desire and Decreases Satisfaction | Alternet.

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“..It’s Time to Restore the Dignity of the Formerly Incarcerated..”

“..Anyone with a conviction history faces a constant barrier to being an involved productive member of our society..”

(cont..)

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It’s Time to Restore the Dignity of the Formerly Incarcerated | Alternet.

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“..How Shadow Banking and Extreme Wealth Inequality Threaten Us..”

“..The systematic exploitation of a majority of the population -

- will continue without redress..”

(cont..)

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How Shadow Banking and Extreme Wealth Inequality Threaten Us | Alternet.

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“..The Feds Are Incapable of Telling Truth About Pot..”

“..The country’s marijuana policies continue to be divorced from science..”

(cont..)

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The Feds Are Incapable of Telling Truth About Pot | Alternet.

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“..Shocking Picture of What Life Will Look Like When You Can’t Afford to Retire..”

“..Will you be ready for the life of a nomad -

- permanently in search of temporary work?..”

(cont..)

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Shocking Picture of What Life Will Look Like When You Can’t Afford to Retire | Alternet.

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“..Iran in the 80s – a glimpse of a forbidden place..”

“..German photographer Casey Hugelfink had access to the Islamic republic in the dark decade after the 1979 revolution -

- throughout the Iran-Iraq war -

- when the country was sealed off to reporters and most of the world..”

(cont..)

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Iran in the 80s – a glimpse of a forbidden place | World | The Guardian.

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“..2014 is so horrible – nothing can cheer us up. Not even Simon Cowell with a bucket on his head..”

“..Russia v Ukraine – Isis – Boris Johnson – Cliff Richard – and Ebola –

- there’s not much to be cheerful about right now..”

(cont..)

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2014 is so horrible, nothing can cheer us up. Not even Simon Cowell with a bucket on his head | Charlie Brooker | Commentisfree | The Guardian.

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“..The establishment uncovered: how power works in Britain..”

“..In an extract from his new book -

- Owen Jones explains how the political – social – and business elites -

- have a stranglehold on the country..”

(cont..)

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The establishment uncovered: how power works in Britain | Society | The Guardian.

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“..Can Automata’s rise of the robots bring science fiction to life?..”

“..Science fiction’s big ideas don’t translate well to the screen –

- either smothered in syrup by directors (A.I.) -

- or played for laughs (Starship Troopers).

Does the latest Antonio Banderas robot blockbuster mark a new dawn?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Can Automata’s rise of the robots bring science fiction to life? | Film | The Guardian.

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“..Benefits Street series two starts filming – despite locals’ opposition..”

“..Critics of the show claimed it exploited the participants -

- and branded it ‘poverty porn’..”

(cont..)

(ed:..series one of this benificiary-bashing/’poverty-porn’is about to screen in nz..

..in the election campaign..

..agenda much..?..d’yareckon..?

..and i wonder how long tvnz has had this show in its’ grab-bag..?

..and just what the rationales were for screening it during the election campaign..

..i would like to have heard that conversation..)

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Benefits Street series two starts filming despite locals’ opposition | Media | The Guardian.

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“..Swedish neo-Nazis get an earful of Schindler’s List theme at rally..”

“..Officials in Norrköping arrange for bells of city hall to peal tune from Spielberg’s Holocaust film -

- to counter far-right message..”

(cont..)

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Swedish neo-Nazis get an earful of Schindler’s List theme at rally | World | The Guardian.

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“..Harriet Harman accuses Tories of relying on ‘shady money’..”

“..Labour deputy leader publishes figures showing how much Tory party relies on funding from unincorporated associations..”

(cont..)

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Harriet Harman accuses Tories of relying on ‘shady money’ | Politics | The Guardian.

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“..Rebekah Brooks and co-defendants try to recoup £20m in hacking trial costs..”

“..Defendants will attempt to recoup legal fees of up to £25m in case presiding judge called -

- ‘most expensive in country’..”

(cont..)

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Rebekah Brooks and co-defendants try to recoup £20m in hacking trial costs | Uk-news | The Guardian.

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“..About 1,400 Rotherham children ‘sexually exploited over 16-year period’..”

“..Report claims police and council agencies failed victims -

- some of whom were threatened with guns and gang-raped..”

(cont..)

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About 1,400 Rotherham children ‘sexually exploited over 16-year period’ | Society | The Guardian.

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“..Gaza ceasefire: Israel and Palestinians agree to halt weeks of fighting..”

“..Terms of indefinite ceasefire – brokered by Egypt –

- expected to be similar to those agreed at the end of 2012 conflict..”

(cont..)

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Gaza ceasefire: Israel and Palestinians agree to halt weeks of fighting | World | The Guardian.

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