“..John Armstrong: Taxpayer looks the loser in English’s pet reform..”

“..Handing Housing NZ role to private sector will mean subsidising sell-off.

Bill English’s masterplan to radically ‘reform’ the Labour-initiated octogenarian state housing scheme -

- has all the hallmarks of being ideological for ideology’s sake..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

John Armstrong: Taxpayer looks the loser in English’s pet reform – Politics – NZ Herald News.

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“..Terror panics – and the war imperative..”

“..Let me just say that wars are two-way streets.

And if we do in fact follow Australia’s course – and put military assets into the Middle East -

- we become a target ourselves..”

(cont..)

(ed:..this link has a collection of worth-watching vids on this topic..)

go to source/story>>>

Terror panics and the war imperative • Hard News • Public Address.

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“..The fight over Huka Lodge..”

“..They allegedly amassed at least $50 million in 15 years – but have now spent even longer fighting over the spoils.

Although they severed ties in 1991 – Michael Kidd and Alexander van Heeren are still arguing over the carve-up of their business empire..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The fight over Huka Lodge – Business – NZ Herald News.

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“..Art dealer posed as top artist – court hears..”

“..Auckland artist Dean Buchanan was repeatedly told about a man peddling his work in towns he had never been to -

- and that he was reportedly signing the work for lucky punters too..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Art dealer posed as top artist, court hears – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..The spy who loved me..”

“..British police are to pay compensation to a woman who has been profoundly traumatised -

- after discovering the father of her son was an undercover police officer..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The spy who loved me – World – NZ Herald News.

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food critics punked – by being served mcdonalds.. (video..)

“..The pair visited the annual food convention in Houten in The Netherlands -

- where they asked unwitting gastronomic experts to taste samples of McDonald’s food – and offer their opinions on this ‘new organic alternative to fast food’.

‘Delicious’ – ‘fresh’ – ‘tasty’ – and ‘firm’ -

- are just some of the adjective used by the food critics in a video posted on YouTube..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Watch: Food critics unknowingly served McDonald’s – Life & Style – NZ Herald News.

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“..Kiwi help for Third World babies..”

“..The lives of thousands of sick newborn babies in poor countries could be saved – with a smart and relatively cheap device -

- says its Kiwi inventor Sir Ray Avery..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Kiwi help for Third World babies – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Russian magnate ordered to sell NZ land – after liquor-plant plans fall through..”

“..A wealthy Russian has been ordered to sell his rural property – after failing to make progress on a promised boutique winery and vodka distillery.

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) told Mikhail Khimich in May to sell the 10ha near Waiwera, -

- after a one-year deadline to commence work on the project expired..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Russian magnate ordered to sell NZ land after liquor-plant plans fall through – Business – NZ Herald News.

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“..Mona Dotcom files claim for $23million..”

“..Mona Dotcom has staked a $23 million claim on the fortune of her estranged husband Kim Dotcom -

- saying half of what was seized in the FBI-initiated raid belongs to her..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Mona Dotcom files claim for $23m – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Italian classic with vegan twist..”

“..that this was all vegans ate.

So I came up with this recipe.

It is simple – healthy – jolly tasty – and will open up a world of new taste and texture sensations.

Give it a go for the environment – for the animals -

- and for your own health and wellbeing..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Italian classic with vegan twist | Stuff.co.nz.

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that chocolate-milk that is so popular – has 87 grams of sugar in it…(ed:..whoar..!..eh..?..so that’s why the fans love it..the massive sugar-hit they get from it..three+ ounces of the white-death..(!)..bloody hell..!..it should have an age-restriction on it..))

“..It’s official – Lewis Road Creamery is the tastiest chocolate milk in New Zealand –

- although it is possibly also the worst for you.

A 750ml bottle contains over 87 grams –

- or 21 teaspoons – of sugar…”

(cont..)

(ed:..in the old imperial-measure of 28 gms per ounce..

..this is nearly four ounces of sugar..

..do i really have to tell you people..to just stay away from it..)

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Lewis Road tops for taste and sugar | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Time for TV to be freed from its historical flock..”

“..But what’s really made it tough for television broadcasters is social media.

The cut and thrust – and inherently dynamic nature of social media is a natural place for political journalists to hang out.

The immediacy – irreverence – and (often dark) humour -

- are like the primordial soup for the political pundits.

And social media was where a lot of this year’s campaign got reported first.

From Dotcom’s meltdown at Patrick Gower after the moment-of-truth belly flop – to the resignation of cabinet ministers -

- through to the way that the @whaledump dribbled out source data on Twitter;

- social media was where much of this year’s campaign unfolded.

And New Zealanders’ consumption of social media has passed 95 per cent – according to ComScore..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Time for TV to be freed from its historical flock | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Sky goes on-demand with Neon..”

“..Sky Television will launch an internet television entertainment service called Neon in December.

Neon will be aimed at New Zealanders who don’t currently subscribe to Sky – and will cost $20 a month..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Sky goes on-demand with Neon | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Finance company failures were predictable..”

“..Enough information was publicly available to have predicted nearly 90 per cent of the finance company failures during the financial crisis – a new study shows.

The work by the Universities of Otago and Auckland, looked at 31 finance companies (non-bank deposit takers) that failed in this country between 2006 and 2009 -

- and an equal number that did not fail.

Researchers found annual reports and other public information predicted whether a finance company would fail – in 88.7 per cent of cases.

A parliamentary inquiry estimated the finance company failures caused losses of more than $3 billion..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Finance company failures were predictable | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..No regrets from Peters..”

“..The Peters who returned to Parliament in 2011 was more mellow – suggesting it was a nice enough way to spend his three years in the wilderness.

But this side of the election the old cantankerousness has returned.

That suggests one of two things.

Having given up the delights of semi-retirement – Peters is now seriously aggrieved that the sacrifice was rewarded with another three impotent years in Opposition.

Or alternatively – he intends making hay while the sun shines – and exploiting the vacuum created by Labour’s preoccupation with finding a new leader.

The reality may be a bit of both.

Regardless – Peters has given notice that he intends being a thorn in National’s side -

- and wasted little opportunity this week to spray its ministers and its minor party allies with vitriol..”

(cont.)

to to source/story>>>

No regrets from Peters | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Boozy truth about our spending..”

“..Squash rackets and car alarms are out.

Gone are e-book readers and video cameras – killed off by smartphones.

We are sipping more wine but supping less beer and smoking fewer cigarettes.

But perhaps the most revealing findings were the ones the boffins made when they dug beyond people’s self-reported spending – and into the background figures.

Here are five revealing facts from 2014:

1. We like a drink (but shhh, don’t tell anyone)

We spend more on booze and smokes combined than we do on education – health – or clothing.

But try getting us to admit it.

The Household Economic Survey is usually our clearest window on typical household spending -

- but it fails us miserably on drinking and smoking because it is self-reported.

After growing suspicious about the frugal boozing numbers – our statistical sleuths turned to alcohol industry sources -

- and discovered the national drinking habit was twice what we owned up to..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Boozy truth about our spending – money – business | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Missing drugs: More thefts from police safe..”

“..Confusion remains over how seized drugs were stolen from a police evidence safe.

More than one stash of drugs was stolen from a police evidence safe at Huntly Police Station – the Waikato Times can reveal.

Waikato police commander Superintendent Bruce Bird said a police investigation was undertaken into the theft of ‘multiple drug exhibits’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Missing drugs: More thefts from police safe | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Medical Marijuana: Parents of Kids with Epilepsy Search for Cure..”

“..Inside the quasi-legal science-free world of medical marijuana for kids..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Medical Marijuana: Parents of Kids with Epilepsy Search for Cure.

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“..The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed..”

“..Adrian Chen travels to the Philippines -

- where he meets the employees who work for content moderation companies -

- that scrub objectionable content from social media sites..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed | WIRED.

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“..When island nations drown – who owns their seas?..”

“..As climate change jeopardizes the huge ocean claims of tiny nations -

- experts propose some bold legal solutions..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

When island nations drown, who owns their seas? – Ideas – The Boston Globe.

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“..The shame of poor teeth in a rich world..”

“..the teeth of poor folk..”

(cont..)

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The shame of poor teeth in a rich world – Sarah Smarsh – Aeon.

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“..Benjamin C. Bradlee: 1921-2014..”

“..’There is nothing like daily journalism!

Best damn job in the world!’

- Ben Bradlee said – as he happily slammed a folded newspaper on his desk one morning in 1985 -

- after I wrote a story that had his phone ringing off the hook..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Benjamin C. Bradlee: 1921-2014 | Longreads Blog.

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“..The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video..”

“..The latest bonkers clip is dubbed -

- ‘The most epic safety video ever made’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video – News & Advice – Travel – The Independent.

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“..Revealed: How MI5 watched the wrong Marxist Oxbridge academics..”

“..Newly declassified documents show how the security service failed to find evidence of treason amongst eminent historians..”

(cont..)

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Revealed: How MI5 watched the wrong Marxist Oxbridge academics, Christopher Hill and Eric Hobsbawn – People – News – The Independent.

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“..NZ on Screen: Silver Scroll classics..”

“..Here are six favourites -

- starting with a 1985 release -

- and moving through to one from 2006..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

NZ on Screen: Silver Scroll classics – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..Special effects losing their shine..”

“..Can we start calling them ‘boring effects’ yet?

Because what once made effects so special is now common-place.

The ‘splosions may be getting ‘splodier – smearing the screen with an improbable whirr of brightly coloured nonsense -

- but the end result of all this frenetically frantic action is a snoozefest..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Karl Puschmann: Special effects losing their shine – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..John Drinnan: TVNZ losing Maori link..”

“..Outsourcing of Maori programming will make Television New Zealand less engaged in the Maori world –

- but that might suit the broadcaster..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

John Drinnan: TVNZ losing Maori link – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..Brian Fallow: Wealth gap goes mainstream..”

“..It is a sign that the times – they are a-changin’ -

- when leading central bankers – of all people -

- are publicly deploring prevailing levels of -

- and trends in -

- inequality..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Brian Fallow: Wealth gap goes mainstream – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..Nick Hager gets high-powered legal help..”

“..A high-powered legal team has formed around Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager to challenge the validity of the police search warrant which was used in the hunt for the hacker Rawshark..”

(cont..)

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Nick Hager gets high-powered legal help – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians..”

“..Researchers who examined the bones of Roman gladiators say that some of the mightiest fighters in history -

- were in fact vegetarians..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

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hone harawira is blocked from appearing on maori tv..by the new head of maori tv..

“..’Well … that undertaking has lasted just one month -

- with Maxwell telling Native Affairs staff that there was no way he would allow me to come onto Native Affairs final show of the year -

- set to go to air live on Monday 3 November.

I had already been invited by Native Affairs to feature in the show alongside other ex-MPs – Tau Henare and Shane Jones (see emails below) -

- but when Maxwell found out he called in the Native Affairs team -

- and told them point-blank that I would not be allowed on the show.

No problems with Henare – no problem with Jones – but no way for Harawira..”

(cont..)

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NO PROBLEM FOR HENARE & JONES, BUT “NO WAY” FOR HARAWIRA | Mana News.

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“..DIY is not fun – and we’ve finally realised this as a nation..”

“..Nick Harding – who never did know his awl from his elbow -

- is glad to see the back of DIY…”

(cont..)

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DIY is not fun and we’ve finally realised this as a nation – Commentators – Voices – The Independent.

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“..Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results – study finds..”

“..The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children -

- followed 2,612 children born in the Bristol area in 1991 and 1992..”

(cont..)

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Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds – Science – News – The Independent.

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“..Ebola outbreak: Virus to kill 67,000 in Monrovia by December – claims academic study..”

“..Experts say international commitments to combat the virus are ‘grossly inadequate’..”

(cont..)

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Ebola outbreak: Virus to kill 67,000 in Monrovia by December, claims academic study – Health News – Health & Families – The Independent.

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“..5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn’t Learn In Social Studies: A Short Guide To ‘The Half Has Never Been Told’..”

“..Baptist weaves deftly between analysis of economic data – and narrative prose -

- to paint a picture of American slavery that is pretty different from what you may have learned in high school Social Studies class..”

(cont..)

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5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn’t Learn In Social Studies: A Short Guide To ‘The Half Has Never Been Told’.

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“..Brad Pitt Goes ‘Between Two Ferns’ – Learns It’s Hard To Follow The President..”

(ed:..heh..!..it’s funny..!..)

(cont..)

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Brad Pitt Goes ‘Between Two Ferns,’ Learns It’s Hard To Follow The President.

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“..FBI warns media that ISIS affiliate plans to kidnap journalists..”

“..Reporters are now being warned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that extremists affiliated with the so-called Islamic State -

- have been ‘tasked with kidnapping journalists’ according to the Washington Post..”

(cont..)

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FBI warns media that ISIS affiliate plans to kidnap journalists — RT USA.

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“..10 Of The Best Places To Live Abroad..”

“..In an interesting twist – Ecuador lead the InterNations list as the top expat destination overall.

‘Expats are generally very pleased with their financial situation in Ecuador’ the report reads.

Respondents also said it was easy to settle in and make friends in the South American hotspot..”

(cont..)

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10 Of The Best Places To Live Abroad.

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“..These Senior Citizens Are Serving Life in Prison Over Pot..”

“..Should five non-violent offenders die behind bars for a crime Americans increasingly believe should not even be a crime?..”

(cont..)

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These Senior Citizens Are Serving Life in Prison Over Pot | Alternet.

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“..How Capitalist Germany Made College Possible for Everyone – While It Seems Impossible in America..”

“..Clearly it’s possible..”

(cont..)

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How Capitalist Germany Made College Possible for Everyone, While It Seems Impossible in America | Alternet.

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