“..Why the Toxic Myths Rich People Believe About the Poor Are So Dangerous…”

“..Inequality and regressive tax policies hurt everyone -

- even rich people..”

(cont..)

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Why the Toxic Myths Rich People Believe About the Poor Are So Dangerous | Alternet.

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“..Greece Has a Big Opportunity to Smash the Politics of Austerity..”

“..Greek voters should not be intimidated into voting against the anti-austerity party..”

(cont..)

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Greece Has a Big Opportunity to Smash the Politics of Austerity | Alternet.

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“..10 Of the Things We Get Wrong About Sex..”

“..It may surprise you to know how much misinformation is out there..”

(cont..)

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10 Of the Things We Get Wrong About Sex | Alternet.

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“..Snowden: iPhones Have Secret Spyware That Lets Govt’s Monitor Unsuspecting Users..”

“..The NSA whistleblower’s lawyer says the secret software can be remotely activated to watch the user..”

(cont..)

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Snowden: iPhones Have Secret Spyware That Lets Govt’s Monitor Unsuspecting Users | Alternet.

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“..Pink Guns? – Come on! – 10 Mostly Silly Products Specially Made Just for Men – and Just for Women..”

“..10 of the most useless products ‘for him’ and ‘for her’..”

(cont..)

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Pink Guns? Come on! 10 Mostly Silly Products Specially Made Just for Men and Just for Women | Alternet.

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“..The 20 photographs of the week..”

“..the best photography in news – culture – and sport-

- from around the world this week..”

(cont..)

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The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian.

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comment@whoar:..so what is going on in europe..?,.and a heads-up! for the new zealand labour party – the times..they seem to be a’ changing..and labour need to change too..

and in other news..what is happening in european politics is fascinating..

..and should/had better be a heads-up for the labour party/the left..

..a radical left party is about to sweep into power into greece..

..there are similar parties on the rise in both spain and portugal..

..and in scotland..in elections in may..the scottish national party is going to wipe out both labour and the tories in scotland..

..and will in the process become the third largest party in the british parliament..

..(it may well turn out that camerons’ victory in the poll on devolution..was a hollow one..)

..so..all over europe..a revolution thru the ballot-box is taking place..

..old pairings of tweedle-dee/tweedle-dum parties..(like labour/national in nz..)..

..to whom power and the sharing/swapping of that power between the two..

..has over-ridden any interests/wishes of the voters..

..are being thrown into the rubbish-bin..the people have had enough..

..so labour here had better get their shit together..eh..?

..more of the same-old/same-old in 2017 just will not cut it..

..they had better get cracking..eh..?

..times a wasting..eh..?

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“..Greece’s solidarity movement: ‘it’s a whole new model – and it’s working’..”

“..Citizen-run health clinics – food centres – kitchens -

- and legal aid hubs -

- have sprung up to fill the gaps left by austerity –

- and now look set to play a bigger role under a Syriza government..”

(cont..)

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Greece’s solidarity movement: ‘it’s a whole new model – and it’s working’ | World news | The Guardian.

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“..The history of flares – in pictures..”

“..For the past few years – fashion designers have been telling us flared trousers are coming back.

We’ll see.

They’ve been around a long time – but only one decade really embraced them: the 1970s.

Rich and poor – teeny boppers – and football hooligans-

- all wore their flares with pride.

Here we look back at those halcyon bell-bottomed -

- days of yore..”

(cont..)

(ed:..i wd like to register as a refusnik on the flares..

..they ‘got’ me once..not again..)

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The history of flares – in pictures | Fashion | The Guardian.

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“..William Kouam Djoko’s favourite tracks..”

“..The Dutch house star and former Trouw resident -

- empties the contents of his psychic record bag..”

(cont..)

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William Kouam Djoko’s favourite tracks | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Sundance film festival 2015..”

(ed:..a roundup of reviews etc..)

(cont..)

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Sundance film festival 2015 | Film | The Guardian.

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“..Is Davos just an excuse for the 1% to have a bonding session?..”

“..Thomas Piketty wasn’t there – but they were talking about his ideas:

- they’re committed to progress -

- as long as nothing changes..”

(cont..)

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Is Davos just an excuse for the 1% to have a bonding session? | Larry Elliott | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..If you don’t understand how people fall into poverty – you’re probably a sociopath..”

“..Why don’t abused women just leave their partners?

Why don’t poor people just spend less?

Why do people in positions of power ask so many stupid questions?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

If you don’t understand how people fall into poverty, you’re probably a sociopath | Lucy Mangan | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..Eastern European dance revolution conquers west..”

“..A wave of electronic music artists from former communist states -

- are poised to become hits in the UK..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Eastern European dance revolution conquers west | World news | The Guardian.

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“..West’s praise of King Abdullah shows Saudi Arabia is exception to human rights stance..”

“..The outpouring of praise for the king focused on his status as a relative liberal within the Saudi context – especially on women’s issues.

But the recent public flogging of a liberal blogger –

- and the video of the beheading of a woman with a sword -

- have offered snapshots of one of the harsher human rights regimes in the world..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

West’s praise of King Abdullah shows Saudi Arabia is exception to human rights stance | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Who was Chaucer?..”

“..From the foul-mouthed Miller to the prim Prioress -

- only Chaucer could have dreamed up a group as diverse as the Canterbury pilgrims.

But how much do we know about the founding father of English letters?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Who was Chaucer? | Books | The Guardian.

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“..They’re back! – Top designers rescue flares from dustbin of fashion history..” (ed:..no..!..no..!..no..!..they were a ghastly fashion-aberration then – they still are..))

“..The latest menswear shows in Paris and Milan confirm the return of the 1970s style to the catwalk.

But will the look take off?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

They’re back! Top designers rescue flares from dustbin of fashion history | Fashion | The Guardian.

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“..Home truths: the secret lives of other people’s houses..”

“..A nanny – a plumber – a cleaner – and others -

- reveal what goes on behind closed doors..”

(cont..)

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Home truths: the secret lives of other people’s houses | Life and style | The Guardian.

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“..World’s biggest ship – the Pieter Schelte – sparks Nazi outrage..”

“..Jewish groups ‘fought for 10 years’ to stop owner naming Allseas vessel after his father -

- an SS officer..”

(cont..)

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World’s biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, sparks Nazi outrage on arrival in Rotterdam | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Cat genes could hold vital clues to treatments for human diseases..”

“..Researchers aim to sequence feline genomes -

- to help in fight against diabetes and asthma..”

(cont..)

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Cat genes could hold vital clues to treatments for human diseases | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Coalition fails to deliver on right-to-buy pledge to build affordable homes..”

“..Official figures show only one affordable home built for every five sold in social housing..”

(cont..)

(ed:..this is what we will be facing here..

..as the key govt implements their sell-off of state houses..)

go to source/story>>

Coalition fails to deliver on right-to-buy pledge to build affordable homes | Politics | The Guardian.

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“..Revealed: how Blair colluded with Gaddafi regime in secret..”

“..Libyan government papers pieced together by team of London lawyers -

- show how UK cosied up to Tripoli over dissidents..”

(cont..)

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Revealed: how Blair colluded with Gaddafi regime in secret | Politics | The Guardian.

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“..Banana ice cream..”

“..We discovered this a few years ago -

- and we have been obsessed ever since..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Banana ice cream – Recipes – Bite.

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“..Here are 10 cost-effective ways to get into shape in 2015..”

(ed:..off ya go..!..)

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Consumer Watch: Lose weight, save money – Life & Style – NZ Herald News.

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“..Safest cars on the world market..”

“..these five cars scored the best of all..”

(cont..)

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Safest cars on the world market | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..’Hillbilly heroin’ addiction from prescriptions..”

“..The national health watchdog is launching a $650,000 18-month investigation into the extent of harm caused by opioids like morphine and oxycodone -

- the latter more commonly known as ‘hillbilly heroin’..”

(cont..)

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‘Hillbilly heroin’ addiction from prescriptions | Stuff.co.nz.

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noted supporter of the vivisectors – bob kerridge – takes his racism out for a walk..

“..’Ethnicity has a bearing. It really is a cultural thing as to the importance they place on animals and ownership, and we do not have a lot of responsible owners in Manukau..’ he said…”

(whereas the facts of the matter make a liar/racist of kerridge..)

“..Auckland Council manager animal management Tracey Moore said the city was home to more than 180 ethnicities ‘and it is not one particular ethnicity that is taken to prosecution over a dog attack – nor are new migrants over-represented’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

SPCA boss links dog attacks to ethnicity | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Australia has sent one of its most horrific murderers back to New Zealand to serve her parole – where it has no way of monitoring her..”

“..Rebecca Papalii was one of three people convicted for the 1999 kidnap – torture – and killing -

- of 14-year-old Cleon Jackman in Perth.

She was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison – later reduced on appeal..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Monitoring issues as Kiwi killer sent home | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..If you don’t own a home by 40 – you don’t have much hope – warns study..”

“..Study warns that home ownership rates could drop below half in some parts of New Zealand within 20 years..”

(cont..)

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If you don’t own a home by 40, you don’t have much hope, warns study – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..US Environmental Protection Agency tested diesel fumes on children..”

“..In experiments conducted between 2003 and 2010 and funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency -

- children as young as 10 years of age were exposed to diesel exhaust – despite well-established warnings against diesel exposure.

The experiments were conducted at two of the most prestigious public universities in the US -

- the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Researchers sprayed diesel exhaust particles into the nostrils of 20 children – aged between 10 and 15 years old – according to the experiment documents – and monitoring the effects..”

(cont..)

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US Environmental Protection Agency tested diesel fumes on children – Americas – World – The Independent.

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“.. ‘It is unacceptable to offer deep condolences for a man who flogged women’: Former Tory MP in furious outburst – as tributes paid to Saudi king..”

“..Columnist Louise Mensch expressed anger about Saudi human rights..”

(cont..)

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Louise Mensch says ‘F**K YOU’ in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes – People – News – The Independent.

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“..Obama Says Treating Drug Use As a Criminal Problem Is ‘Counterproductive’..”

“..President Barack Obama continues to speak out against mass incarceration – the devastating impact of our drug policies on communities of color -

- and his expectation that marijuana legalisation will continue to spread..”

(cont..)

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Obama Says Treating Drug Use As a Criminal Problem Is “Counterproductive” | Tony Newman.

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“..Could Psychedelics Be An Effective Suicide Prevention Measure?..”

“..The new wave of research on the medical applications of psychedelic drugs has suggested that these substances may hold considerable promise as therapeutic interventions -

- for a number of mental health conditions.

And according to another new study -

- use of ‘classic’ psychedelics – psilocybin (magic mushrooms) – LSD a- nd mescaline -

- may also be an effective suicide prevention measure..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Could Psychedelics Be An Effective Suicide Prevention Measure?.

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“..10 Life Lessons Hitting Rock Bottom Has Taught Me..” 

“..With each hardship I’ve learned that I am a survivalist.

I am resourceful.

I am an alchemist of my surroundings.

And I’m resilient beyond (even my own at times) belief..”

(cont..)

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10 Life Lessons Hitting Rock Bottom Has Taught Me | Roxanne Ford.

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“..12 Classic Books That Got Horrible Reviews When They First Came Out..”

“..Mr. Huxley has the jitters.

Looking back over his career one can see that he has always had them – in varying degrees…

.. [he] rushes headlong into the great pamphleteering movement.

[Brave New World] is a lugubrious and heavy-handed piece of propaganda..”

(cont..)

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12 Classic Books That Got Horrible Reviews When They First Came Out.

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“..Sharing Prosperity in the Age of Information..” 

“..The accelerating pace of revolutionary advances in information technology and artificial intelligence are rendering obsolete established protocols for measuring economic growth and regulating economic activity -

- while exacerbating the vast gulf between the haves and the have-nots..”

(cont..)

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Sharing Prosperity in the Age of Information | Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr..

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“..Sports Illustrated Lays Off Entire Photography Department..”

“..the magazine fired its six remaining photographers on Thursday afternoon..”

(cont..)

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Sports Illustrated Lays Off Entire Photography Department.

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“..1 in 4 Americans Believe God Will Decide Who Wins The Super Bowl..”

“..Twenty-six percent of Americans and 27 percent of self-described sports fans believe God plays a role in determining which team will win a sporting event.

Even more – 53 percent of Americans and 56 percent of sports fans – say God rewards faithful athletes with good health and success.

Sixty-five percent of Catholics and 68 percent of Protestants believe God rewards faithful athletes – while just 27 percent of the religiously unaffiliated say the same.

Protestants – at 45 percent – are more likely than other religious groups to believe God plays a role in determining the winner of a sporting event.

Thirty-one percent of Catholics and nine percent of the religiously unaffiliated agree.

Two weeks before the 2014 Super Bowl – half of American sports fans said they believed God or a supernatural force had a hand in the games they watched..”

(cont..)

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1 in 4 Americans Believe God Will Decide Who Wins The Super Bowl.

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“..McDonald’s Profit Plunges 21 Percent..”

“..McDonald’s isn’t lovin’ it – and it’s going to do something about it.

The world’s largest hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday -

- and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring customers back..”

(cont..)

(ed:..i predict mcdonalds will try to re-brand themselves as ‘healthy’..

..and good luck with that one..eh..?..)

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McDonald’s Profit Plunges 21 Percent.

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“..Vintage Posters Illustrate The Etiquette Of Movie-Going In 1912..”

“..’Ladies – kindly remove your hats’. ‘Please don’t forget your umbrella or other parcels’.

These are some of the friendly reminders you would receive if attending your local movie theater in the year 1912..”

(cont..)

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Hilarious Vintage Posters Illustrate The Etiquette Of Movie-Going In 1912.

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