“..Isis an hour away from Baghdad – with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack..”  

“..The Iraqi army – plagued by corruption – absenteeism – and supply failures -

- has little chance against Islamist fanatics using suicide bombings and fluid tactics.

And US air strikes are making little difference..”

(cont..)’

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Isis an hour away from Baghdad – with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack     :  Information Clearing House – ICH.

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“..Hong Kong protests: Mesmerising drone footage shows scale of pro-democracy demonstrations..”

“..Film shows protesters milling around the Admiralty district distributing food and making signs..”

(cont..)

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Hong Kong protests: Mesmerising drone footage shows scale of pro-democracy demonstrations – Asia – World – The Independent.

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“..Illegal drugs and prostitution boost Britain’s economy by £11billion..”

“..Illegal activities included in estimates of household spending for the first time..”

(cont..)

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Illegal drugs and prostitution boost Britain’s economy by £11billion – Business – News – The Independent.

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“..Save the Humans - Moby..”

“..Animal agriculture is responsible for producing more climate change gases -

- than every car – boat – bus – truck – motorcycle = and airplane -

- on the planet.

Combined..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Save the Humans | Moby.

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“..5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men..”

“..Having compassion leads to increased happiness -

- freedom from gender stereotypes -

- and better relationships with others..”

(cont..)

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5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men | Alternet.

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“..The Massive Failure of American Intelligence..”

“..It has a terrible record of getting anything right in a timely way..”

(cont..)

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The Massive Failure of American Intelligence | Alternet.

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“..Latest Scientific Evidence Should Be Death Blow to Artificial Sweeteners..”

“..Messing with the microbes in your digestive process -

- is not the way to go..”

(cont..)

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Latest Scientific Evidence Should Be Death Blow to Artificial Sweeteners | Alternet.

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“..Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It: Why Is This Widely Denied?..” (+ comment:..the life-sentence/folly that is methadone..)

“..There are many paths to recovery —

- and if we want to help people get there -

- we need to explore all of them..”

(cont..)

(ed:..i would agree with the premise in the above headline..

..as far as heroin is concerned..

..if they are not trapped in the chemical-handcuffs of the more addictive than heroin/harder to kick than heroin..methadone..(i know..!..i know..!..)

..if they are not trapped in that hell..most heroin users stop in about their mid-thirties…

..and that is often just because of a tiring of the lifestyle..

..it’s a full-time job for most junkies..

..just being a junkie..

..this is one of the reasons i support a narcotic-maintenance program for young addicts..

..just to get them over that hump of their twenties..

..and out the other end in one piece..

..i see this as preferable to the life-sentence that often is methadone..

..of that i have no doubts..

disclaimer:..i started using heroin at a young age (late teens..)..and stopped in my mid-thirties..

..and that age-cut-off point is a phenomenon i have noticed/confirmed many times over the years..)

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Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It: Why Is This Widely Denied? | Alternet.

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“..Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us..”

“..An economic system that rewards psychopathic personality traits -

- has changed our ethics and our personalities..”

(cont..)

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Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us | Paul Verhaeghe | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..Aretha Franklin’s lead track from covers album is Adele’s Rolling in the Deep..”

“..Singer will also rework hits by Gloria Gaynor – Barbra Streisand – and Sinéad O’Connor -

- on forthcoming Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics..”

(cont..)

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Aretha Franklin’s lead track from covers album is Adele’s Rolling in the Deep | Music | The Guardian.

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“..The playlist: Americana – Lucinda Williams – Elisa Ambrogio – the Lost Brothers – and Mina Tindle..”

“..From a creak to a shimmer – these voices take us through heartbreak and pain -

- using tenderness and roots music..”

(cont..)

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The playlist: Americana – Lucinda Williams, Elisa Ambrogio, the Lost Brothers and Mina Tindle | Music | The Guardian.

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“..10 steps to the perfect Tory speech – video..”

“..Addressing the Conservative party conference can be daunting.

Tory members demand soaring rhetoric –

- attacks on Labour – and steely displays of strength.

They like their tummies tickled on the big issues such as Europe – and cutting taxes..”

(cont..)

(ed:..heh..!..)

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10 steps to the perfect Tory speech – video | Politics | The Guardian.

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“..Can Narendra Modi bring the solar power revolution to India?..”

“..Indian PM’s renewable energy ambitions are big and the country is home to Asia’s biggest solar farm in Gujarat -

- but coal use is still increasing..”

(cont..)

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Can Narendra Modi bring the solar power revolution to India? | Environment | The Guardian.

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“..Tetris is going to be a movie – What’s next – Pong?..”

“..The block-dropping puzzle classic is about to become a blockbusting film.

We imagine the five games next on Hollywood’s undiscriminating hit list..”

(cont..)

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Tetris is going to be a movie. What’s next, Pong? | Technology | The Guardian.

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“..Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years – says WWF..”

“..Species across land rivers and seas decimated -

- as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers -

- and destroy habitats..”

(cont..)

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Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF | Environment | The Guardian.

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“..Apple may have to repay millions from Irish government tax deal..”

“..European commission opens formal investigation into sweetheart tax deal from 1991 -

- that ran for 16 years..”

(cont..)

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Apple may have to repay millions from Irish government tax deal | Technology | The Guardian.

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“..Hong Kong pro-democracy activists threaten to step up protests..”

“..Leaders of pro-democracy protests deliver ultimatum to chief executive Leung Chun-ying -

- after hardline response..”

(cont..)

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Hong Kong pro-democracy activists threaten to step up protests | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Bombing Isis will be futile – and expensive..”

“..Air strikes have not worked in previous conflicts as pilots quickly run out of targets.

It will be the same this time round in Iraq..”

(cont..)

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Bombing Isis will be futile – and expensive | Richard Norton-Taylor | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..Five life-changing books..”

“..Coming up with books wasn’t difficult –

- I love books.

Narrowing my list down to only five was far trickier.

But here goes..”

(cont..)

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Five life-changing books – Life & Style – NZ Herald News.

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“..Haere ra Maori TV: Hirschfeld..”

“..High-profile executive signs with Radio New Zealand -

- as Julian Wilcox set to meet Maori TV boss today..”

(cont..)

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Haere ra Maori TV: Hirschfeld – National – NZ Herald News.

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nz herald presents a pro-war editorial..

(ed:..the armchair-warrior(s) (roughan..?..)..

..are jonesing for us to go to war again..

..’let’s go kill some a-rabs..!’..)

(cont..)

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Editorial: NZ must be ready to join fight against Isis – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Labour MPs undecided over front-runners..”

“..Some MPs are casting about for an Option C in Labour’s leadership contest -

- because of concerns about David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson –

- but there is little consensus on who that could be..”

(cont..)

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Labour MPs undecided over front-runners – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Review: FIFA 15..”

“..If football is the beautiful game -

- then FIFA 15 is the beautiful videogame..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Review: FIFA 15 | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Hollywood director Lee Tamahori has scored a New Zealand first by crowdfunding the last wedge of backing for his new movie The Patriarch..”

“..just his second homegrown film after 1994′s global hit Once Were Warriors.

The success is being hailed as New Zealand’s first shot at backing a feature film through equity crowdfunding -

- after producers hit an initial target of $300,000..”

(cont..)

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NZ director scores Kiwi finance first | Stuff.co.nz.

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david cunliffe’s wife ‘stands by her man’..

“..The distraught wife of Labour leadership contender David Cunliffe is behind a Twitter account -

- that anonymously took aim at his rivals and critics..”

(cont..)

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David Cunliffe’s wife in Twitter potshots | Stuff.co.nz.

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comment@whoar:..why all this collective knicker-wetting from the corporate-media..?

why are the media so wetting their collective-knickers over this labour leadership contest..?

..throwing words like ‘ugly’..’disasterous for labour party’..

..and assorted hysterical bullshit..

..these drama-queens need to get a grip..

..it’s a contest..not a tea-party..

..and when the dust settles..a labour leader will emerge..

..it’s just the way things are done..

..of course..it’s different in national..

..a small power-clique in the party just imposes their choice on the national party sheepies..

..and they all ‘baa!’ on cue..

..i’ve never seen media collective knicker-wetting over that..

..and this is the best/only choice for labour..

..a good old-fashioned contest of ideas..

..what’s wrong with that..?

..caucus imposing robertson on the party/unions..

..would just see their support melt away…

..so that was no option..

..and it is a right vs. left contest..

..robertson the person pushing the same neo-lib line that has got them to this place..

..and cunnliffe..a progressive voice..

..promising root and branch reform..

..and the discarding of those neo-lib dictates..

..it’s a clear choice for those voting..

..vote for the past..

..or vote for the future..

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“..6 terrifying reasons why it’s time to stop eating meat..”

“..From disgusting slaughterhouse conditions -

- to devastating health consequences -

- the evidence keeps piling up..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

6 terrifying reasons why it’s time to stop eating meat – Salon.com.

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“..The most surprising R.E.M. covers..”

“..Bet you didn’t know that R.E.M. once covered the Barney Miller theme song -

- and also – all of these..”

(cont..)

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The most surprising R.E.M. covers – Salon.com.

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cunnliffe and robertson snarl at each other..

“..A bloody war is breaking out between Labour’s former leader David Cunliffe -

- and contender Grant Robertson.

The two have been already exchanging vicious barbs -

- before going into their caucus meeting this morning..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Beehive Live: It’s war | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Carol Hirschfeld joins Radio NZ..”

“..Radio New Zealand has appointed Carol Hirschfeld as its head of content..”

(ed:..good one..!..)

(cont..)

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Carol Hirschfeld joins Radio NZ | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Pike River ‘had the worst of everything’..”

“..If that series of events had taken place in a Queensland mine [where Bell is mine safety commissioner] -

- we would have prosecuted..”

(cont..)

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Pike River ‘had the worst of everything’ | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Bert Berns: Original Rhythm and Blues..”

“..At the end of his life – as the stakes rose sharply and events spiraled out of his control -

- Berns associated with big-time operators in organized crime – both personally and professionally.

It caused a fissure in his world – but Berns was comfortable with these men and what they represented.

He was a man who needed to take shortcuts.

Threatened by a fatal catastrophe – surrounded by a world where moral boundaries blurred easily -

- Berns broke some eggs making omelets..”

(cont..)

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Bert Berns: Original Rhythm and Blues – Arts – Utne Reader.

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“..Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos..”

“..Picturing the deadly legacy of America’s secret war in the world’s most bombed-out country..”

(cont..)

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Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos | Mother Jones.

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“..Chart: Happy Days Are Here Again – for the Superwealthy..”

“..A stunning 95 percent of income growth since the recovery started has gone to the superwealthy.

The top 1 percent has captured almost all post-recession income growth..”

(cont..)

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Chart: Happy Days Are Here Again—for the Superwealthy | Mother Jones.

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“..5 Signs the Dark-Money Apocalypse Is Upon Us..”

“..Welcome to the Year of Dark Money..”

(cont..)

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5 Signs the Dark-Money Apocalypse Is Upon Us | Mother Jones.

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“..Naomi Klein: Fossil Fuels Threaten Our Ability to Have Healthy Children..”

“..Why oil spills – fracking – and climate change -

- pose a special danger to the youngest members of all species..”

(cont..)

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Naomi Klein: Fossil Fuels Threaten Our Ability to Have Healthy Children | Mother Jones.

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“..These Insane Photos Show What the Hell Is Happening in Hong Kong..”

“..Teargas and pepper spray aren’t silencing protesters’ calls for greater autonomy.

What’s next?..”

(cont..)

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These Insane Photos Show What the Hell Is Happening in Hong Kong | Mother Jones.

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the economist looks at the nz election..

“..Asked why he is so often described as like somebody New Zealanders know from their local rugby club -

- he explains it is because ‘my vocabulary is so poor -

- or my elocution is’..”

(cont..)

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Banyan: The puzzle to the key | The Economist.

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“.. The Hard Truth Say It: Predatory Capitalism..’

“..The evidence is in.

The research is done.

The results are documented.

Predatory Capitalism is a vicious relentless enemy of peoples..”

(cont..)

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                              :  Information Clearing House – ICH.

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“..Hey Look: We’re At War Against Evil Again..”

“..Western governments have attempted to transform war into a pervasive but acceptable media spectacle -

- humming pleasantly in the background of our lives -

- like a fishtank in an office..”

(cont..)

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Hey Look: We’re At War Against Evil Again:  Information Clearing House – ICH.

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