“..As Berlin Marks Fall of the Wall: The Secret Police Document on Bob Dylan..” 

“..One angle you may not hear much about is the role Western rock ‘n roll played..”

(cont..)

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As Berlin Marks Fall of the Wall: The Secret Police Document on Bob Dylan | Greg Mitchell.

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“..The Missing Women of Afghanistan..” 

“..This disconnect between Washington’s much-advertised support for women’s rights -

- and its actual disdain for women -

- was not lost upon canny Afghans.

From early on they recognized that the Americans were hypocrites at heart..”

(cont..)

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The Missing Women of Afghanistan | Ann Jones.

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“..The Fruits Of A $60 Billion U.S. Expenditure In Afghanistan Are Now Secret..” (+ comment:..the one/major resounding-success from the ten year american (+ nz) occupation of afghanistan..)

“..A month before U.S. Marines and British military forces began their current withdrawal from Afghanistan’s Helmand province -

- the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan abruptly classified its assessment of the fighting abilities of the Afghan army and police forces -

- which the U.S. has spent an estimated $61.5 billion to build up..”

(cont..)

(ed:..hasn’t it been a raging-success..?..our involvement in that decade-long morass..?

..let’s take stock..!

..the country is still a basket-case..

..much like it was ten yrs ago..

..and will lurch back into a fundamentalist-hell-hole..pretty soon..you’d think..?

..so..nothing much has changed..for all those lives/that money spent/wasted..

..oh..!..hang on..!..one thing has changed..

…y’see..the taliban..for all their faults..and there were many..had almost wiped out the opium/heroin trade in afghanistan..on ‘morality’-grounds..

..but now..?..despite being occupied for ten yrs by the most technologically-advanced army in human-history..

..(and we were there too..!..feeling proud..?..)

..despite all this..the opium/heroin-trade is booming..

..with record-breaking crops grown in the last year..

..and much of the world is flooded with cheap heroin..

..so..that is the most obvious-changes from ten yrs ago that all those lives/that money bought..

..once again..standing tall..?..new zealand..?..)

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The Fruits Of A $60 Billion U.S. Expenditure In Afghanistan Are Now Secret.

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“..Middle East Relationships – Explained Through An Interactive Map..”

“..However – one attempt at capturing how the region’s many different actors relate to each other -

- has found an impressive way of merging simplification and accuracy..”

(cont..)

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Middle East Relationships, Explained Through An Interactive Map.

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“..The Inside Story Of Matt Taibbi’s Departure From First Look Media..”

“..Matt Taibbi – who joined First Look Media just seven months ago – left the company on Tuesday.

His departure — which he describes as a refusal to accept a work reassignment -

- and the company describes as a resignation —

- was the culmination of months of contentious disputes with First Look founder Pierre Omidyar – chief operating officer Randy Ching – and president John Temple -

- over the structure and management of Racket – the digital magazine Taibbi was hired to create..”

(cont..)

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The Inside Story Of Matt Taibbi’s Departure From First Look Media.

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“..Inside the Big Bold Practical Movement – to Reduce the Harms of Drug Use..”

“..This year’s harm reduction conference was a glimpse of a movement that’s both practical and radical..”

(cont..)

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Inside the Big, Bold, Practical Movement to Reduce the Harms of Drug Use | Alternet.

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“..America’s Drones Are Still Killing Scores of Innocents..”

“..ISIS has revived our dependence on drones.

We must not let it..”

(cont..)

(ed:..are we all feeling good about this sectarian/religious long-war john key is dragging us into..?

..really..?..)

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America’s Drones Are Still Killing Scores of Innocents | Alternet.

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“..Our Warped Idea of Terrorism: It Only Applies to People Who Oppose America and Its Allies..”

“..The government and mainstream media’s definition of terrorism -

- is very convenient..”

(cont..)

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Our Warped Idea of Terrorism: It Only Applies to People Who Oppose America and Its Allies | Alternet.

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“..The Terrible Truth About Bill Cosby..”

“..We are not a society given to slaying our patriarchs -

- even when they have proved over and over again that they are unworthy of our devotion..”

(cont..)

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The Terrible Truth About Bill Cosby | Alternet.

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“..Meet the People Who Watch Beheading and Animal Abuse Videos All Day – So You Don’t Have To..”

“..Content moderators are responsible for removing offensive material from our social media feeds.

But who is looking out for them?..”

(cont..)

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Meet the People Who Watch Beheading and Animal Abuse Videos All Day So You Don’t Have To | Alternet.

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“..Photo highlights of the day..”

“..a selection of the best photographs from around the world..”

(cont..)

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Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian.

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“..Bruce Springsteen in pictures – to mark 30 years since Born in the USA..”

“..The book contains over 250 images – spanning his 40-year career –

- here are some of the best..”

(cont..)

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Bruce Springsteen in pictures – to mark 30 years since Born in the USA | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Muhammad Ali – through the eyes of the photographers who know him best..”

“..Muhammad Ali has been the subject of some of the most celebrated photographs ever taken..”

(cont..)

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Muhammad Ali – through the eyes of the photographers who know him best | Sport | The Guardian.

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“..The Sistine Chapel in 3D? – The Vatican must think we are all idiots..”

“..Does the Vatican think everyone who visits the Sistine Chapel is an idiot?

New arrangements to see Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Vatican seem to view ‘tourists’ as the enemy -

- to be fobbed off with 3D spectacles and virtual reality-

- while perhaps being allowed to spend only a limited time looking up at Michelangelo’s real paintings.

Yet meanwhile – the pope is allowing the chapel to be used for corporate events..”

(cont..)

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The Sistine Chapel in 3D? The Vatican must think we are all idiots | Art and design | The Guardian.

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“..Homeopaths offer services ‘to help fight’ Ebola epidemic in west Africa..”

“..Homeopaths have offered their services to prevent and treat Ebola in west Africa -

- claiming their ‘remedies’ can work in serious epidemics of infectious disease..”

(cont..)

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Homeopaths offer services ‘to help fight’ Ebola epidemic in west Africa | World news | The Guardian.

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“..RT: Russia Today’s six most memorable moments..”

“..As a UK version of the Kremlin-backed news channel launches -

- we look at its top clips -

- including Steven Seagal and Vladimir Putin..”

(cont..)

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RT: Russia Today’s six most memorable moments | Media | The Guardian.

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“..Amnesia by Peter Carey review – turbo-charged – hyperenergetic..”

“..A novel about internet hacking and 1970s Australian history –

- few writers mix farce with ferocity to such engaging effect..”

(cont..)

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Amnesia by Peter Carey review – turbo-charged, hyperenergetic | Books | The Guardian.

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“..British comics superhero Dan Dare set for take off again..”

“..‘Pilot of the future’ marks 65th anniversary -

- with publication of classic stories from the cult comic strip..”

(cont..)

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British comics superhero Dan Dare set for take off again | Books | The Guardian.

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“..Mr Turner review – Timothy Spall and Mike Leigh command the screen..”

“..This confident portrait of the great artists hits its stride straight away -

- with pin-sharp direction and performances..”

(cont..)

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Mr Turner review – Timothy Spall and Mike Leigh command the screen | Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week | Film | The Guardian.

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“..The 10 greatest changes of the past 1,000 years..”

“..Historian Ian Mortimer identifies the 10 leading drivers of change..”

(cont..)

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The 10 greatest changes of the past 1,000 years | Books | The Guardian.

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“..Punitive drug law enforcement failing – says Home Office study..”

“..UK government study finds no evidence that harsh sentencing curbs illegal use -

- and documents success of Portugal’s decriminalisation..”

(cont..)

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Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study | Society | The Guardian.

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“..Roman Polanski questioned in Poland by prosecutors on US arrest warrant..”

“..Film director Roman Polanski has been questioned by Polish prosecutors on a US arrest warrant for sex offences – and then released.

The maker of Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown has been sought by the American police since 1978 – after he fled the US before he could be sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Prosecutors in Krakow – southern Poland – released Polanski after questioning -

- but justice authorities in Warsaw did not rule out extraditing him to the US..”

(cont..)

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Roman Polanski questioned in Poland by prosecutors on US arrest warrant | Film | The Guardian.

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“..UK government’s drug laws survey was suppressed – Lib Dem minister says..”

“..Tories did not like evidence gleaned -

- as deputy prime minister Nick Clegg criticises foot dragging over report -

- that says tough laws make no difference..”

(cont..)

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UK government’s drug laws survey was suppressed, Lib Dem minister says | Politics | The Guardian.

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“..Scottish Labour faces being wiped out by SNP at general election – poll shows..”

“..Jim Murphy – the clear favourite to become the next Scottish Labour leader -

- has accused his party of lacking passion and vision -

- as a shock poll showed Labour faces being wiped out by the Scottish National party at the general election..”

(cont..)

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Scottish Labour faces being wiped out by SNP at general election, poll shows | Politics | The Guardian.

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“..Dita De Boni: Quick nurse – more money for carers..”

“..The terms ‘flexibility’ – ‘good faith’ – and ‘choice’ enshrined in the new Employment Relations Amendment Bill-

- may do little to change the relationship between the white collar creative in central Auckland – and his or her boss

- but for thousands of other New Zealanders they are weasel words indeed -

- and no one is fooled about their intent.

It is farcical to believe – for just one example – that the new bill will mean anything except more soul-crushing bargaining conditions -

- currently ‘enjoyed’ by the care sector’s workers..”

(cont..)

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Dita De Boni: Quick nurse, more money for carers – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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going to hospital can be hazardous to your health..

“..A baby died in a water-birth – a mother bled to death after giving birth -

- and a mental health patient with motor-skills trouble choked on food and died.

These are three of the 454 reported cases where healthcare went seriously wrong at district health boards-

- in the 12 months to the end of June..”

(cont..)

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Water-birth death on list of ‘serious events’ – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..KiwiRail lost $250m – boss picked up extra $80k..” (ed:..seems fair..eh..?..)

“..Departing KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn received an $80,000 pay bump -

- during a year his company lost almost a quarter of a billion dollars..”

(cont..)

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KiwiRail lost $250m – boss picked up extra $80k – Business – NZ Herald News.

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“..New Zealand Herald Editorial: Teabreak law change least impressive..”

“..It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government’s new term -

- is an act abolishing mandatory ‘tea breaks’ for workers..”

(cont..)

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Editorial: Teabreak law change least impressive – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Feedback douses council fireplace ban..”

“..A controversial plan to ban domestic open fires and old woodburners in Auckland -

- has been kicked to touch until at least next year..”

(cont..)

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Feedback douses council fireplace ban – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Developers again target world-class beauty spot..”

“..Fresh plans have been lodged for a subdivision near a world-renowned Coromandel beach -

- reigniting opposition by a group fighting to keep the area free of development.

New Chum Beach – accessible only by walking across a headland from nearby Whangapoua -

- has been ranked among the most beautiful on the planet-

- and was this week mentioned by New York magazine..”

(cont..)

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Developers again target world-class beauty spot – National – NZ Herald News.

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milk-pimps panic..’nutritionists’ rally to the flag..denying the evidence of the swedish study..(and more..)..

“..Milk lovers and dairy farmers can relax – milk does more good than harm – contrary to a Swedish study claiming it does little to strengthen bones and can double the risk of an early death.

Nutrition experts say it all depends on the quantity and the type of milk consumed..”

(cont..)

(ed:..in their claims of no harm from their product..in fact their wholesale-rejection of the science..

..is so so reminiscent of the early ‘tobacco-does-no-harm!’-denialists..eh..?..)

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Nutrition experts defend milk – life-style | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Push to wipe homosexual convictions..”

“..People convicted of historic homosexual acts -

- could have their criminal records wiped..”

(cont..)

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Push to wipe homosexual convictions | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..John Key won’t reveal Rawshark’s name..”

“..The Prime Minister says he won’t reveal the name given to him as the identity of the hacker known as Rawshark-

- and won’t pass it on to police..”

(cont..)

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John Key won’t reveal Rawshark’s name – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..’Tea-break’ employment bill becomes law..”

“..A law which takes away the legal right to a tea break-

- and weakens collective bargaining -

- has taken line honours as the first law change passed in National’s third term..”

(cont..)

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‘Tea-break’ employment bill becomes law – Business – NZ Herald News.

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“..Becoming a Good Father..”

“..Learning how to be a father who won’t leave..”

(cont..)

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Becoming a Good Father – Community – Utne Reader.

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“..Burning Man: Psychedelics and Harm Reduction..”

“..A skeptic attends Burning Man -

- assists in harm reduction for those on bad trips -

- and finds dharma all around him..”

(cont..)

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Burning Man: Psychedelics and Harm Reduction – Mind and Body – Utne Reader.

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“..10 best tablets..”

“..Where Apple were once the leaders in innovation with their iPad –

- nowadays there’s hot competition for the crown.

So who are they?

We’ve tried the latest and best tablets -

- so you don’t have to..”

(cont..)

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10 best tablets – Gadgets & Tech – IndyBest – The Independent.

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“..Drug abuse: But is Britain ready to grow up?..”

“..A punitive approach to drug abuse including locking up addicts fails to curb levels of addiction -

- a Home Office study warns today -

- as MPs stage the first Commons debate on drugs legislation in a generation..”

(cont..)

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Drug abuse: But is Britain ready to grow up? – Home News – UK – The Independent.

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“..’Goodbye to Language’: Jean-Luc Godard’s dazzling – provocative – 3-D mind trip..”

“..At age 83 – a ’60s legend breaks new ground with a wistful – spectacular voyage into love and philosophy -

- in 3-D!..”

(cont..)

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“Goodbye to Language”: Jean-Luc Godard’s dazzling, provocative 3-D mind trip – Salon.com.

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“..Jane Kelsey: TPP deal keeps disappearing down rabbit hole..”

“..Alice in Wonderland said:

‘If I had a world of my own – everything would be nonsense.

Nothing would be what it is – and everything would be what it isn’t’.

She could well have been describing the current state of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement..”

(cont..)

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Jane Kelsey: TPP deal keeps disappearing down rabbit hole – Politics – NZ Herald News.

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