“..Sultans of spin: the elite election strategists coming to Britain..”

“..David Axelrod and Lynton Crosby among pollsters being lured to Westminster by all three parties -

- with the 2015 election looming..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Sultans of spin: the elite election strategists coming to Britain | Politics | The Guardian.

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“..Deaths – drugs – distress: why marine parks are losing their attraction..”

“..Wildlife campaigners link fall in attendances -

- with release of film that tells the story of how a killer whale turned on its trainer..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Deaths, drugs, distress: why marine parks are losing their attraction | World | The Guardian.

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that’s ok nigella – what’s a bit of ‘toot’ between friends..?..eh..?..

“..Celebrity cook Nigella Lawson has been given a waiver to work in NZ next month -

- required because she was barred from the US after admitting cocaine use..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

NZ gives Nigella entry waiver – Entertainment – NZ Herald News.

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“..Kiwi kids’ book choices cover spectrum..”

“..A survey of Kiwi children’s reading habits -

- has uncovered some intriguing results..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Kiwi kids’ book choices cover spectrum | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..NZ ‘dodged bullet’ on Brash – ex MP..”

“..A former colleague of Don Brash on the Centre-Right has slammed the one-time National Party leader -

- as a racist and a chauvinist –

- and says New Zealand “dodged a bullet” when he lost the 2005 election.

Columnist and former Act Party MP Deborah Coddington says Brash’s persona as a ‘likeable duffer’-

- belies ‘supreme chauvinism’ -

- and that the former MP’s ‘dismissal of women is breathtakingly arrogant’.

Interviewed by National Radio’s Kim Hill last week about his self-published autobiography – Incredible Luck -

- Brash said that in 1840 Maori were ‘a stone-age people’.

He also suggested that former National MP and welfare spokeswoman Katherine Rich did not write her own policy document –

- a paper which formed the basis for Brash’s controversial speech on welfare at the Orewa Rotary Club when National Party leader.

Rich resigned the welfare portfolio -

- after arguing with Brash over his desire to refer to beneficiaries as ‘satan’ – ‘bludgers’ -

- and ‘an army on the march’- Coddington says..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

NZ ‘dodged bullet’ on Brash – ex MP | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..18 Maps From When the World Thought California Was an Island..”

“..On a map from 1663 he noticed something he’d never seen before:

California was floating like a big green carrot -

- untethered to the west coast of North America..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

18 Maps From When the World Thought California Was an Island | Science | WIRED.

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“..The Silent Hybrid Motorcycles the Pentagon Will Use for Stealth Raids..”

“..a new vehicle to soundlessly race commandoes to their missions:

- stealthy – hybrid-powered – motorcycles..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The Silent Hybrid Motorcycles the Pentagon Will Use for Stealth Raids | Danger Room | WIRED.

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“..Watch These Amazing Flip Books of Birds and Butterflies..”

“..Colorful hummingbirds and butterflies flit across the page in constant motion -

- like an Audubon guide come to life..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Watch These Amazing Flip Books of Birds and Butterflies | Design | WIRED.

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“..A Smartphone With a Vaporizer Module..”

“..in-depth feature about how tech companies are rushing to innovate -

- within the sorta-legal marijuana industry..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Gadget Lab Podcast: A Smartphone With a Vaporizer Module | Gadget Lab | WIRED.

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“..Q&A: Ricky Gervais..”

“..When did I last cry?

Over a YouTube clip about animals..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Q&A: Ricky Gervais | Life | The Guardian.

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“..The 10 British record labels defining the sound of 2014..”

“..A new wave of labels are carrying the torch lit by legendary British independents such as Rough Trade – Warp and Domino.

We celebrate some of the best..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The 10 British record labels defining the sound of 2014 | Culture | The Guardian.

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“..Roasted vegetable and green lentil salad recipe..”

“..Lentils are a great source of protein -

- and fabulous for heart and digestive health..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Roasted vegetable and green lentil salad recipe – Food & recipes – Recipes – New Zealand Woman’s Weekly.

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you know that big lie key/this govt has told to justify selling commonly-owned-assets..?..the ‘labour would rather borrow from foreign bankers’ one..?..here is the proof of what a lie that claim is..

“..Government overseas debt has nearly tripled since 2008

New Zealand’s government took advantage of the plunging yields on its bonds -

- (which is courtesy of the global QE and ZIRP-driven bond bubble) -

- after the Global Financial Crisis to nearly triple its overseas borrowing..”

(cont..)

(which brings me to the burning question:..why the bloody hell are the opposition parties/media unable to hammer this home..?

..it’s a simple message/riposte..f.f.s..!

..every time they trot this lie out..you say..taihoe..!

..you have tripled the countries foreign debt since you came to power..

..and why don’t the useless mainstream media call key etc. on this bullshit..?

..can they not see/understand what bare-faced lies they are nodding along to..?..)

12 Reasons Why New Zealand’s Economic Bubble Will End In Disaster.

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“..Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine..”

“..A brief and crucial history of the United States..

“..Liberty cannot be preserved – without a general knowledge among the people” – John Adams – Second President – 1797 – 1801..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Must Watch Video: Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine.

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“..Jesus Lived in a Police State..”

“..Unfortunately – the radical Jesus -

- the political dissident who took aim at injustice and oppression -

- has been largely forgotten today..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Jesus Lived in a Police State.

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“..Ralph Nader:..Boston and Baghdad..”

“..Meanwhile six thousand miles away in Iraq -

- there are terror bombings of innocent civilians almost every day.

A sample:..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Boston and Baghdad.

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“..Investigation Finds Former Ukraine President Not Responsible For Sniper Attack on Protestors..” (video..)

“..If all of this is front-page news in Germany -

- front-page news in Russia -

- why would President Obama directly lie to the American people?

A German TV investigation disproves the West’s claim that Yanukovych was responsible for killing of dozens of Ukrainian protestors -

- making this President Obama’s WMD moment..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Investigation Finds Former Ukraine President Not Responsible For Sniper Attack on Protestors.

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“..Witness to an Execution..”

“..A son remembers his slain father – and returns home to Texas to watch his father’s killer die.

I’ll never, ever, ever forget October 15, 1997.

In my memory it’s as vivid as anything I did earlier today.

I was living in an apartment in College Station – and the phone rang at about three in the morning.

Kerr County sheriff Frances Kaiser identified herself.

She put my mother on the phone.

My mother was sobbing hysterically.

“Daddy’s been killed. We think he’s dead.”

My first thought: What kind of accident were my parents in that killed him – but she survived?

Then Sheriff Kaiser took the phone back – and she told me the general details.

My mother was robbed and attacked.

They assumed the body behind the house was my father -

- but it had been beaten so badly -

- the face was not recognizable..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Witness to an Execution | Texas Monthly.

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“..Synanon’s Sober Utopia: How a Drug Rehab Program – Became a Violent Cult..”

“..In 1970 George Lucas needed dozens of actors with shaved heads for his sci-fi dystopian movie THX 1138.

He had trouble filling the roles at first -

- since so few actresses wanted to cut their locks -

- but Lucas eventually found the extras he needed in a strange utopian community where everyone worshipped sobriety -

- and expressed solidarity by shaving their heads.

It was called Synanon -

- and over the course of three decades -

- it would become one of the weirdest and most vindictive cults of the 20th century..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Synanon’s Sober Utopia: How a Drug Rehab Program Became a Violent Cult.

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“..These Haunting Photos Capture The Daily Reality Of A Dark Episode In U.S. History..”

“..In 1942 – still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor -

- the U.S. government ordered thousands of Japanese Americans to leave their homes behind -

- and take up residence in remote detainment camps.

About two thirds of them were U.S. citizens..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

These Haunting Photos Capture The Daily Reality Of A Dark Episode In U.S. History.

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“..Nine men have nails driven through hands – and are strung up on crosses – in gruesome Good Friday ritual..”

“..The ritual – a mixture of local beliefs and Christian faith -

- has been condemned by the Catholic church..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Nine crucified in Philippines for Good Friday re-enactment – World – News – The Independent.

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“..Inside North Korea – with the man who won the marathon..”

“..The chance to run in the secretive state -

- policed by minders performing clothes inspections -

- was too good an opportunity to miss..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>>

Inside North Korea with the man who won the marathon – Asia – World – The Independent.

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comment@whoar:..labours’ problems with gens x and y…

(ed:..this is a comment left @ the daily blog..that bears repeating..)

“..fatty says:
April 18, 2014 at 7:03 pm

I think that those in Labour underestimate the disinterest that generation X & Y have for Labour.

Within these two generations – we have never experienced anything other than a neoliberal/third-way Labour -

- and the result is that when Labour speaks – we do not listen.

The youth wings of National and the Greens are stringier throughout universities for an obvious reason –

- they resonate and proudly stand for consumption/individulism (National) -

- and envirnomentalism (Greens).

Both of these ideologies dominate people’s values if they are under the age of 35 -

- and sometimes they both apply – ethical capitalism – sustainable capitalism etc.

On the other hand what does Labour stand for?

It’s a mish-mash of both – without representing either.

Sadly Cunliffe has continued with this -

- and as a result when he opens his mouth -

- nobody listens.

Cunliffe’s policies have been third-way -

- and have not deviated much from Goff and Shearer’s path-

– so anyone under 35 is not going to hear his message –

- we have evolved an understandable deafness to Labour based on the past.

Cunliffe can’t just talk about change – and offer nothing

- that is why Occupy happened -

- both here and around the world.

Gen X & Y are sceptical and judgmental and have no faith in the so called centre-left parties.

Cunliffe cannot underestimate how much change is needed just to get us to listen -

- let alone vote for him.

He’s ignored a massive part of NZ – by thinking he can talk about change –

- we learned with Obama – and our ears are now closed.

You’ll have to do way better than an insurance policy and a baby-bonus.

Give us some respect -

- we have a lifetime of debt just if we want an education-

- an affordable house to us is not 400k -

- most of us don’t have insurance – cause we have nothing of worth…

..FFS – you can’t even give us a living wage?

And the boomers are hardly impressed with Labour.

A lot of the boomers are angry with Labour -

- and this has even developed into hatred -

- (and rightly so considering what Labour turned into during the 80s).

Now boomers are moving into retirement with rising costs and extreme rental prices.

At what point do we call Cunliffe another neoliberal dud and move on?

Is it just me or do other people wish Shearer was still there?

At least with Shearer as leader people could blame Mallard & co. -

- and say its all internal -

- now what?

Its a cold dark empty feeling when someone says they are on your side -

- ends up acting like the enemy..”

go to source/story>>

That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and courageous deeds. « The Daily Blog.

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“..12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble..”

“..Having Key shrug these issues off -

- with the same casual contempt he made when a US drone killed a NZer this week -

- just isn’t cutting the mustard any longer -

- no amount of ‘I’m casual about that’ crap alleviates any of the failings of this Government’s lack of leadership on economic issues..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble « The Daily Blog.

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comment @ whoar:..what is up with the green party..?..in a moment in time screaming out for bottom-lines..they seem to have none..save for the personal-ambitions of the party leaders/mp’s..w

..metiria turei has just appeared on the nation..

..and the takeaway from her appearance..(aside from the bennet/collins-stylings of her power-jacket..?..)..

..is that turei also wants to be deputy-prime minister..

..which leads me to ask..

..who the hell is advising them on strategy..?

..both norman and turei are coming across as having their eyes on ministerial-baubles..

..and little else..

..and i know we shouldn’t focus on the trivialities like clothing/choice of dress..

..but that white power-jacket turei sported for me just emphasised the apparent distance of the greens from their constituencies/who put them there..

..turei looked more at home in a russian doll set..along with the likes of collins/bennett..

..the greens..in their long/wholesale efforts not to offend..anyone..

..seem to have walked away from much of their traditional/long-term support..

..those wanting to end the blight of poverty..now have to look to mana..

..the pot-vote has to look to the internet party (?)..

..and those there for ‘green’/environmental-reasons will be in denial -

- if not dismayed by normans’ recent ennunciations of ‘no bottom lines’..

..on pretty much everything of concern to that support base..

..(and not to forget..the shoulders of whom the current green party leadership stands..)

..i’m sorry..but looking from out here..

..the greens seem lost/blinded by personal-ambitions/baubles..

..and tureis’ claim/assumptions on the deputy prime minister role..

..only reinforces that image..

..bottom-line:..the greens need to sack their current team of strategists/advisers..

..they are leading them towards irrelevancy..

..(or..this is just being driven by the elites/leadership/small group that runs the party..

..and if that is the case..it will be of no matter who is nodding along in agreement to/with them..they are digging their own graves of irrelevancy..)

..out here in the real world of poverty/prohibition/melting-ice..and the like..

..who gives a flying fuck who is ‘deputy-prime-minister’..?

..the green party/leadership..really need to get a fucken grip..

..they are/seem lost..

..somewhere on the road to that garage housing the ministerial-bmw’s..

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“..7 Things That Could Totally Kill Weed Legalization’s Buzz..”

“..Ultimately though – it will be a net public health ‘win’-

- if rising pot consumption deters heavy drinking -

- which does much more societal and personal damage..”

(cont..)

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7 Things That Could Totally Kill Weed Legalization’s Buzz.

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“..Guard Dog Adopts Tiny Abandoned Kitten – And The Friendship Couldn’t Be Cuter..” (video..)

“..A 90-pound guard dog and an 8-ounce kitten might seem like an unlikely pair -

- but the two can actually make a very sweet duo..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Guard Dog Adopts Tiny Abandoned Kitten, And The Friendship Couldn’t Be Cuter.

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“..A Hot War With Russia Is Conceivable: Top Scholar Stephen Cohen on Russia-Ukraine Crisis..”

“..The dangers are growing all the more real..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

A Hot War With Russia Is Conceivable: Top Scholar Stephen Cohen on Russia-Ukraine Crisis | Alternet.

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“..Our Financial System Is Totally Broken..”

“..But a financial transaction tax would go a long way towards fixing it..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Michael Lewis Is Right—Our Financial System Is Totally Broken | Alternet.

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“..Why the Media’s Fearmongering on Marijuana Effects on the Brain Is Faulty..”

“..A neuroimaging study of the brains of marijuana smokers -

- caused unwarranted frenzy..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Why the Media’s Fearmongering on Marijuana Effects on the Brain Is Faulty | Alternet.

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“..8 Terrifying Facts About NSA Surveillance..”

“..The NSA is too heavily vested in its programs;

- it is not going to give up spying on us despite efforts at reform..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

8 Terrifying Facts About NSA Surveillance | Alternet.

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“..Are Addicts and the Mentally Ill Responsible for Their Behavior?..”

“..Is it wrong to get angry at people suffering from mental problems -

- like depression or addiction?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Are Addicts and the Mentally Ill Responsible for Their Behavior? | Alternet.

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“..More Than 100 Hate Crime Murders Linked to a Single Far-Right Website..”

“..users are disproportionately responsible for major killings..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

New Report: More Than 100 Hate Crime Murders Linked to a Single Far-Right Website | Alternet.

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“..The Majority of American Medical Doctors – Think Marijuana Should be Legal..”

“..Sanjay Gupta’s not the only doc who likes pot —

- not by a long shot..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The Majority of American Medical Doctors Think Marijuana Should be Legal | Alternet.

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“..AlterNet Comics: Tom Tomorrow on Democracy’s Mysterious Disappearance..”

“..Rich and poor are equally free to purchase power!..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

AlterNet Comics: Tom Tomorrow on Democracy’s Mysterious Disappearance | Alternet.

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“..Thom Hartmann: How America Killed Its Middle Class..”

“..We’re heading into a world -

- that looks like a Charles Dickens novel..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Thom Hartmann: How America Killed Its Middle Class | Alternet.

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“..I Grew Up in an Apocalyptic Christian Cult..”

“..The world didn’t end in 1993 as our cult leader predicted.

So what happened next?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

I Grew Up in an Apocalyptic Christian Cult | Alternet.

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“..De La Soul unveil secret Record Store Day mixtape..”

“..The trio recently put their entire back catalogue up for free download for a limited time -

- to mark their 25th anniversary..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

De La Soul unveil secret Record Store Day mixtape | Culture | The Guardian.

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“..Why it’s time to burn your knickers..”

“..It’s no wonder so many of us end up backcombing our hair-

- throwing on an oversized crucifix necklace -

- and becoming goths for a couple of years:

..being a teenage girl is shit..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Why it’s time to burn your knickers – an extract from the Vagenda book | World | The Guardian.

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Russell Brand:..how does the media scare us?..” (video..)

“..The actor and comedian analyses the newspapers -

- to give you the truth behind the headlines.

Here he’s joined by the popular philosopher Alain de Botton-

- and discusses how the media likes to scare us –

- using the example of a giant bird loose in Hertfordshire-

– and how certain newspapers keep you distracted from the real issues that matter to our world..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Russell Brand’s The Trews: how does the media scare us? – video | Culture | The Guardian.

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