“..CATable desk designed for humans and cats..” (photo..)

“..The CATable integrates crawl spaces to keep your kitty happy..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

CATable desk designed for humans and cats – Boing Boing.

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“..Google Street View now lets you ‘go back in time’ to view previous captures of a place..”

“..Starting today – you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years -

- by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop.

We’ve gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 -

- to create this digital time capsule of the world..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Google Street View now lets you ‘go back in time’ to view previous captures of a place – Boing Boing.

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“..Massive iceberg six times the size of Manhattan drifts away from Antarctic glacier..”

“..One of the largest icebergs on the planet -

- about six times the size of Manhattan -

- has separated from an Antarctic glacier and is floating out towards open ocean.

The iceberg is named B-31 – and is roughly 255 square miles (660 square km).

Its estimated maximum thickness is 1,600 feet (487 meters).

Last Fall it broke off from the Pine Island Glacier.

Researchers have been watching it drift away since then – via satellite.

“The ice island – named B31 – will likely be swept up soon in the swift currents of the Southern Ocean -

- though it will be hard to track visually for the next six months -

- as Antarctica heads into winter darkness..”

(cont..)

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Massive iceberg six times the size of Manhattan drifts away from Antarctic glacier – Boing Boing.

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“..NZ Greens unveil Internet Rights and Freedoms bill..”

“..The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has launched their Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill.

The Bill was launched on a crowdsourced platform -

- where members of the public are given the opportunity to shape these emerging rights and freedoms.

This is the first time a Bill has been crowdsourced by a political party in New Zealand..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

NZ Greens unveil Internet Rights and Freedoms bill – Boing Boing.

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“..Tolstoy’s Remarkable Manifesto on Christian Anarchy and Pacifism..”

“..It had substantial influence on the course of history -

- perhaps most of all because of its influence on Gandhi..”

(cont..)

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Tolstoy’s Remarkable Manifesto on Christian Anarchy and Pacifism.

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“..This Is How Empires Collapse..”

“..Before an empire collapses – it first erodes from within.

The collapse may appear sudden – but the processes of internal rot hollowed out the resilience – resolve – purpose – and vitality – of the empire -

- long before its final implosion.

What are these processes of internal rot?

Here are a few of the most pervasive and destructive forces of internal corrosion:..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

This Is How Empires Collapse.

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“..A remarkable inside look at the hope – desperation – and financial realities for startups and founders working in San Francisco and Silicon Valley..”

“..In such a system – the real disillusionment isn’t the discovery that you’re unlikely to become a billionaire -

- it’s the realization that your feeling of autonomy is a fantasy -

- and that the vast majority of you have been set up to fail by design..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

No Exit | Business | WIRED.

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“..The Commerce Commission is having to compel people by law to cooperate with its investigation into alleged anti-competitive behaviour by supermarket Countdown..”

“..A spokesman for the commission confirmed today -

- that it had issued a number of “section 98″ notices -

- which effectively force people to supply information and documents..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

ComCom forces probe co-operation | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..New York Police Department launches ‘#myNYPD’ Twitter campaign – and then seems surprised by huge angry backlash..”

“..Users responded with hundreds of pictures of apparent police brutality..”

(cont..)

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New York Police Department launches ‘#myNYPD’ Twitter campaign and then seems surprised by huge, angry backlash – Americas – World – The Independent.

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“..50 everyday phrases that came from the Bard..”

“..Echelons of British culture aside -

- even those who ‘don’t do Shakespeare’ -

- speak his words in their daily lives.

Most of us will have quoted the playwright thousands of times -

- without knowing it..”

(cont..)

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William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday: 50 everyday phrases that came from the Bard – News – Books – The Independent.

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“..Judith Owen reveals how husband Harry Shearer – star of This Is Spinal Tap and The Simpsons – helped her music flourish..”

“..Owen met Shearer in 1992 while she was resident bar pianist at the Conrad in Chelsea Harbour.

“They were trying to make it into a rock’n'roll hotel.

I played one of my own songs – and heard this incredible applause behind me.

I turned around – and it was Christopher Guest and Harry..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Judith Owen reveals how husband Harry Shearer – star of This Is Spinal Tap and The Simpsons – helped her music flourish – Features – Music – The Independent.

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“..Face-recognition software: Is this the end of anonymity for all of us?..”

“..The software is already used for military surveillance -

- by police to identify suspects – and on Facebook.

Now the US government is in the process of building the world’s largest cache of face-recognition data -

- with the goal of identifying every person in the country..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Face-recognition software: Is this the end of anonymity for all of us? – Features – Gadgets & Tech – The Independent.

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“..The Homes Of The Future Are Nothing Like You Imagined Them To Be..” (photos..)

“..Inspired by microcellular systems and biogenetics -

- the sprawling fluid structures are designed to be made from concrete and 3-D printed panels and frames -

- and to be adaptable to any size or type of terrain.

But his ingenuity doesn’t end there -

- as the metallic frames – which can evolve into new shapes and forms -

- are rigged with a series of blinds that ‘open and close like gills’ -

- to let light and air permeate the – um – liquid blob..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The Homes Of The Future Are Nothing Like You Imagined Them To Be (PHOTOS).

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“..Bryan Cranston On The Grossest ‘Breaking Bad’ Scene..”

“..this is about the attempt to change:

- to go from a good character – to a bad one..”

(cont..)

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Bryan Cranston On The Grossest ‘Breaking Bad’ Scene.

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“..New App Helps Germans Find Prostitutes..”

“..the Berlin-based Peppr app uses GPS -

- to connect potential clients with prostitutes in their immediate area..”

(cont..)

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New App Helps Germans Find Prostitutes.

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“..20 DIY Lifehacks With Office Junk – That Will Blow Your Mind..”

“..Here are the best of the bunch -

- which often require little more than random office supplies -

- but make life way way better..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

20 DIY Lifehacks With Office Junk That Will Blow Your Mind.

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“..Facebook Knows Everything About You – And If You Don’t Believe Us – Here’s Proof..”

“..The campaign called ‘Digital Shadow’ -

- which currently is available only in the US -

- requests permission to access a user’s account -

- and then pulls information to build a comprehensive dossier of the user -

- as if he or she were an assassin’s target.

And we do mean comprehensive..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Facebook Knows Everything About You, And If You Don’t Believe Us Here’s Proof.

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“..Feds May Be Looking To Bail On Net Neutrality..”

“..Net neutrality is not dead.

But it may be about to take a big blow to the head..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Feds May Be Looking To Bail On Net Neutrality: WSJ.

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“..Surge of Attention to Crusading Economists Piketty’s New Book – Takes Us to the Big Question of How to Reduce Inequality..”

“..Finance is under-taxed -

- making a global wealth tax more timely than ever..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Surge of Attention to Crusading Economists Piketty’s New Book Takes Us to the Big Question of How to Reduce Inequality | Alternet.

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“..How the Obscenely Wealthy Are Strangling Our Democracy..”

“..The wealthiest interests can veto any government initiative..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

How the Obscenely Wealthy Are Strangling Our Democracy | Alternet.

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“..8 Ways to Have a Relationship in the Digital Age – Without Going Insane..”

“..for those in relationships -

- meandering through this ever-changing digital medium can be challenging for even the most loyal – tech-savvy partner-

- with temptation always on the horizon -

- and relationship rules constantly tested and stretched by advances in technology..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

8 Ways to Have a Relationship in the Digital Age Without Going Insane | Alternet.

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“..Martin Sheen Stars in Powerful New PSA Calling for Drug Sentencing Reform..”

“..The actor and his ‘West Wing’ alter ego -

- have a clear message for Congress and President Obama..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

WATCH: Martin Sheen Stars in Powerful New PSA Calling for Drug Sentencing Reform | Alternet.

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“..Stop Lamenting Capitalism’s Crushing of Working Class Gains - and Start Organizing!..” 

“..Long-time organizer and activist Jane McAlevey -

- challenges the abandonment of organizing by progressives..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>p>Stop Lamenting Capitalism’s Crushing of Working Class Gains and Start Organizing!  | Alternet.

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“..Turei: Jones ‘won’t be missed’..”

“..Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has shot back at departing Labour MP Shane Jones -

- saying his personal attacks show he does not have control over his emotions.

Mr Jones took a parting shot at the Greens after announcing his resignation -

- saying that he could never have worked under Greens co-leader Russel Norman in a coalition arrangement.

Ms Turei said this morning that she thought the Labour MP would have left Parliament -

- ‘with a bit more dignity’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Turei: Jones ‘won’t be missed’ – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Diet doomed Gallipoli campaign..”

“..Life in the Gallipoli trenches was not fun -

- and was not made better by the caramel-oaty Anzac biscuits we all know and love..”

(cont..)

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Diet doomed Gallipoli campaign | Stuff.co.nz.

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how does goldman sachs use new zealand as a tax haven..(would you believe 155 subsidiary-companies..here..in new zealand..?..)

(look at this graphic..and have yr mind blown..)

(cont..)

OpenCorporates | How complex are corporate structures?.

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“..Are you fit for the future? – interactive..”

“..How advanced are you in your understanding of green issues?

Are you an eco-geek -

- or the village idiot?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Are you fit for the future? – interactive | Life | The Guardian.

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“..Behind the scenes of the propaganda movie industry..” (video..)

“..documentary film-makers Lynn Lee and James Leong followed the making of an anti-Japanese propaganda movie-

- meant to glorify North Korea’s 50 year-old Songun -

- or ‘military first’ campaign…”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The great North Korean picture show – video | World | The Guardian.

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“..Blair’s speech on Islamic extremism generates strong reactions..”

“..International commentary focuses on former prime minister’s credibility on the subject -

- as much as the subject itself..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Blair’s speech on Islamic extremism generates strong reactions | World | The Guardian.

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comment@whoar:..shane jones..a traitor..?..a hubris-drenched fool..?..or both..?..

ed:..so..jones and mccully have been talking about this ‘job’ for jones since 2009..

..key sez that national ‘has had good dialogue with jone..for a long time’..

..basically..jones has been nationals’ mole/man within labour..

..since at least 2009…

..yeah..some ‘loss’ for labour he’s now surfaced/broken cover..and returned to his paymasters…

..and walk like a traitor..quack like a traitor..

..you probably are nothing more that a traitor..

..jones gone is good news for labour..

..the braying/bought-fool will bray no more..

..but he still stays ‘bought’..

..forever..

..what a shabby ending to a political-career..eh..?

..by his ongoing treachery jones has guaranteed himself a small historical-footnote..

..but we are told..he ‘coulda been a contender!’…

..a man sunk by his hubris/ignorances/the for sale sign around his neck..

..when you look at jones..

..he was/is pretty much on ‘the wrong side’ of everything..

..pro-environmental-fuck-over industries..homophobia..etc etc..

..his latest move just confirms that long pattern..

..jones sells out to the planet-fuckers..

..those really on ‘the wrong side’..

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“..Ross Bell: Law change a comedown for legal high industry..”

“..The first substances were chemically similar to drugs we knew.

They got banned and a new substance – slightly tweaked – came out -

- we banned that one – another tweak –

- a cycle which is all now too familiar.

In less than five years we moved from products that were causing little harm -

- to ones that were causing people’s kidneys to shut down..”

(cont..)

(ed:..f.f.s..!..just decriminalise/regulate/tax pot..

..the legal-high problem will disappear in a puff of bong-smoke..)

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Ross Bell: Law change a comedown for legal high industry – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..Brian Rudman: Act’s saviour at hand – just push for legal weed..”

“..Unfortunately for Dr Whyte -

- it’s the one issue that might just get his party the 5 per cent popular vote it needs to survive September’s poll-

- and get him into Parliament..”

(cont..)

(ed:..a message more suited to the internet party..really..eh..?..)

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Brian Rudman: Act’s saviour at hand – just push for legal weed – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..3D printer builds 10 houses in 24 hours..”

“..A Chinese company shows that 3D-printed houses are not a fantasy.

And they’re not alone..”

(cont..)

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3D printer builds 10 houses in 24 hours – The Internaut – The Listener.

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“..Jones: The contender leaves..”

“..But no one owed Jones any glory.

He’s intelligent and articulate -

- and he was brought into politics by the modern Labour Party’s most important broker of influence – Helen Clark.

He had every chance – but he lacked the focus and discipline to harness his gifts and opportunities..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Jones: The contender leaves • Hard News • Public Address.

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“..Gordon Campbell on the Shane Jones departure..”

“..Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed -

- with self interest coming in first and second -

- and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) -

- way way back down the track..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Gordon Campbell » Blog Archive » Gordon Campbell on the Shane Jones departure.

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“..Drinking age linked to rise in crash risk..”

“..Lowering the alcohol purchase age has been linked to a long-term increase in the chance of drunk drivers aged 18 or 19 -

- being involved in car crashes that cause death or injury..”

(cont..)

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Drinking age linked to rise in crash risk – National – NZ Herald News.

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do we have the greens to thank for jones breaking his cover as a national party mole/spy within labour..?

“..”The Labour Party I came into is a party of New Zealanders.

Some are on the left – some are on the right.

The sweet spot is in the centre.

I’m not interested in ever campaigning for the Green vote or going out there promoting Labour as only being able to govern -

- if it has some sort of Green organ transplant.”

Green MP Gareth Hughes – whom Mr Jones has called a ‘mollyhawk’-

- said he wished Mr Jones well..”

(cont..)

(ed:..is it something as primal as (as his body dysmorphia clearly shows..he’s only 54..?..whoar..!..) -

- the deep love jones has for fatty/unhealthy food..?..)

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Greens links rankled with Jones – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Experts explain why women find musicians sexy..”

“..Naturalist Charles Darwin’s theory that music’s primary function is sexual courtship -

- may have been proved right..”

(cont..)

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Experts explain why women find musicians sexy – Life & Style – NZ Herald News.

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“..’Wolf’ more welcome than Nigella..”

“..Nigella Lawson needs special permission to visit New Zealand -

- but the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ will be eligible for a visa when he comes next month -

- despite having been jailed for fraud..”

(cont..)

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‘Wolf’ more welcome than Nigella – Entertainment – NZ Herald News.

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“..Labour promises pensions for all vets..”

“..Labour has pledged to adopt a Law Commission recommendation to make all war veterans eligible for a veteran’s pension.

Leader David Cunliffe made the announcement yesterday at the Avondale Returned and Services Association in Auckland.

Veterans who have served in a war or emergency are entitled to a pension if they are over 65 and have a ‘a qualifying rate of disablement’ – the Work and Income website says.

Those under 65 who had been injured or disabled while in service and could no longer work could also be considered.

Cunliffe said Labour would drop the requirement to be significantly disabled -

- and open up the pension to all returning service personnel..”

(cont..)

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Labour promises pensions for all vets | Stuff.co.nz.

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