“..Millennials may be more egocentric than Gen Xers after all..”

“..New research reinforces the perception that American society is becoming progressively more self-involved..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Millennials may be more egocentric than Gen Xers after all – Salon.com.

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“..Thomas Piketty is right: Income inequality is holding us back..”

“..Two leading economists examine how the wealth divide is especially harmful to the job market..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Thomas Piketty is right: Income inequality is holding us back – Salon.com.

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“..6 reasons we’re thankful for Stephen Colbert..”

“..There are only three weeks left of ‘The Colbert Report’ -

- so today we take stock of what we’ll miss the most..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

6 reasons we’re thankful for Stephen Colbert – Salon.com.

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“..The Secret Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner..”

“..How one Australian woman found her niche cleaning up after murders – suicides -

- and other traumatic situations..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The Secret Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner | Narratively | Human stories, boldly told..

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“..Finding John Updike..”

“..One man’s story of years of scavenging through John Updike’s trash..”

(cont..)

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Finding John Updike | Texas Monthly.

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“..Twitter Now Tracks What Other Apps You Have On Your Phone..”

“..Twitter said it is now tracking what other apps its users have installed on their mobile devices -

- so it can target content and ads to them better..”

(cont..)

(ed:..is everyone relaxed about that..?..)

go to source/story>>>

Twitter Now Tracks What Other Apps You Have On Your Phone.

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“..5 Holiday Foods With Surprising Anti-Aging Benefits..”

“..Here are some foods that pack an anti-aging punch..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

5 Holiday Foods With Surprising Anti-Aging Benefits.

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“..New York Times Financial Editor Has an Emotional Beef With Elizabeth Warren..”

“..Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times has attacked Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Her offense?

Criticizing the appointment of yet another Wall Street banker to a top economic post.

Sorkin’s periodic defenses of the powerful are no longer unexpected.

More surprising is the overall theme of this attack – which characterizes the congenial senator as enraged and wrathful -

- and her position as petty and irrational.

Sen. Warren is presumably inured to hyperbolic Wall Street-based criticism by now.

And like any woman in a position of power – she is probably sadly accustomed to male commentary which emphasizes a supposed emotionality.

As one of our most powerful speakers on economic injustice and Wall Street fraud -

- Warren needs no help defending herself.

Rather it is Sorkin’s piece which warrants further examination..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

New York Times Financial Editor Has an Emotional Beef With Elizabeth Warren | Alternet.

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“..However You Define ‘Income’ – the Rich Still Get Richer..”

“..Statistical contortions can’t hide the growing divide between the 1 percent – and everyone else..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

However You Define ‘Income,’ the Rich Still Get Richer | Alternet.

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“..10 Ways to Deal With Your Right-Wing Relatives Over the Holidays..”

“..Holidays are stressful enough -

- without having to listen to Uncle Bernie’s bigoted rants..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

10 Ways to Deal With Your Right-Wing Relatives Over the Holidays | Alternet.

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“..The art of advertising illustration – in pictures..”

“..an online exhibition of 50 award-winning press and poster advertising campaigns -

- from 21 different countries -

- spanning 15 years -

- that showcase the very best of illustration..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The art of advertising illustration – in pictures | Media | The Guardian.

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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 | Art and design | The Guardian.

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“..Seth Rogen invites fans to ‘get baked’ with him – at Colorado screening..”

“..Star of The Interview invites his 2.34 million Twitter followers to smoke weed with him -

- in one of the few US states that has legalised marijuana..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Seth Rogen invites fans to ‘get baked’ with him at Colorado screening | Film | The Guardian.

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“..Terry Riley’s masterpiece – and minimalism – African style..”

“..Now In C – the defining work of minimalist music -

- has been tackled by Damon Albarn and Africa Express.

Its composer Terry Riley – reveals how it all began..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Terry Riley’s masterpiece – and minimalism, African style | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Devolution of tax powers won’t shut down the Scottish independence debate..”

“..We don’t know the winners and losers yet -

- but the Smith commission’s proposals are already being questioned..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Devolution of tax powers won’t shut down the Scottish independence debate | Ruth Wishart | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..The Song of the Shirt: Cheap Clothes Across Continents and Centuries by Jeremy Seabrook – review..”

“..From Rana Plaza – back to the Lancashire mills -

- the story of an industry happy to exploit..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The Song of the Shirt: Cheap Clothes Across Continents and Centuries by Jeremy Seabrook – review | Books | The Guardian.

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“..Top tips to joyfully declutter your home – from Marie Kondo..”

“..Anything that doesn’t make you happy – or isn’t absolutely necessary -

- should be touched – thanked – and sent on its way..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Top tips to joyfully declutter your home, from Marie Kondo | Life and style | The Guardian.

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“..Amazon Kindle Voyage review: expensive but top quality e-reader..”

“..Amazon’s latest e-reader is a top-of-the-range Kindle Voyage -

- with high-resolution screen – new haptic page turns -

- and slim angular design..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Amazon Kindle Voyage review: expensive but top quality e-reader | Technology | The Guardian.

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“..Pixies: Doolittle 25 review – alt-rock milestone from US indie’s weirdest stars..”

“..Outsiders even within the weird world of 1980s US experimental rock -

- the Pixies made an improbable lunge for mainstream acceptance with Doolittle -

- and it actually kind of worked..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Pixies: Doolittle 25 review – alt-rock milestone from US indie’s weirdest stars | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Dirty chicken scandal: campylobacter found in eight out of 10 UK birds..”

“..Food watchdog warns that Asda has worst rate of contamination -

- but all other supermarket chains failing to meet national targets..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Dirty chicken scandal: campylobacter found in eight out of 10 UK birds | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Brian Rudman: Spies bigger threat than terror fighters..”

“..Only in a topsy-turvy world would it be seen as rational to bring a posse of spies to heel -

- by increasing their rights to snoop without a warrant -

- writes Brian Rudman..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Brian Rudman: Spies bigger threat than terror fighters – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..New Zealand Herald Editorial: Put the brakes on Govt’s rush to pass drastic terrorism bill..”

“..we need more evidence of the threat to justify the bill’s drastic measures..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Editorial: Put the brakes on Govt’s rush to pass drastic terrorism bill – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Housing taking more of incomes..”

“..The average household’s spending on housing climbed 11.1 per cent over the past two years -

- outstripping growth in incomes..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Housing taking more of incomes – Business – NZ Herald News.

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“..Little: Key ‘Cannot tell a straight story’..”

“..Prime Minister John Key should accept it’s `game over’ and acknowledge his office’s dirty tricks operation -

- rather than continuing his string of recent lies about it – Labour Leader Andrew Little says.

Mr Little this afternoon said Mr Key `lied to the Gallery (reporters) on Tuesday… he lied in the House – he then corrected his lie in the House – he lied about the correction about the lie -

- this just goes on and on’.

`The guy cannot tell a straight story’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Little: Key ‘Cannot tell a straight story’ – National – NZ Herald Videos.

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“..Key: I am not actively contacting Cameron Slater..”

“..The Prime Minister was yesterday insisting he does not speak to Cameron Slater -

- in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary -

- and further calls for him to apologise for working with the blogger to attack political opponents..”

(cont..)

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Key: I am not actively contacting Cameron Slater – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..The best and worst carbohydrates..”

“..Oats

The less processed the cereal grain – the higher the nutrient content – and this is the case with oats.

Packed full of protein (5g per ½ cup serve) – magnesium – zinc – and B group vitamins -

- a daily single serve of oats also provides a substantial amount of soluble fibre -

- the type of fibre known to help reduce blood cholesterol levels -

- and oats have one of the lowest GIs of all grains.

Look for the coarsest oats – rather than the ‘quick cook’ varieties -

- and team with plenty of low fat milk and a little cinnamon -

- rather than adding honey or sugar..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The best and worst carbohydrates | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Spy powers expanded – experts say..”

“..Controversial laws being rushed through Parliament give the state ‘extraordinary and extensive’ powers to spy on New Zealanders -

- experts say..”

(cont..)

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Spy powers expanded, experts say | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..US mega dairies ‘a threat’..”

“..The development of mega dairies in the United States is reducing the competitive advantage of New Zealand’s low-cost farming system -

- according to a rural banker..”

(cont..)

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US mega dairies ‘a threat’ | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Te Papa has lifted the lid on Michael Houlihan’s disastrous tenure as its chief executive..”

“..When Houlihan left the national museum in May – in the wake of two big loss-making exhibitions -

- it was facing an annual deficit of up to $14 million.

Chairman Evan Williams – announcing yesterday that it had managed to trim that loss to $8.7m -

- said Houlihan’s ill-fated efforts to restructure the museum were at the heart of its financial problems.

‘It didn’t come anywhere near meeting any of the targets we gave’ he said..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Te Papa lifts lid on ex-CEO | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..It was hailed as a world-leading move in the fight against tobacco – but only three years later – plans for New Zealand to be smokefree by 2025 would appear to be a pipedream..”

“..A study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today estimates that even with steep tobacco tax rises and the introduction of plain packaging -

- tens of thousands of Kiwis will still be smoking by 2025.

One of the study authors – Otago University professor Tony Blakely – said the Government needed to start thinking about more ‘radical solutions’ if it was committed to the goal.

Those included requiring smokers to have a tobacco licence – forcing tobacco firms to phase out nicotine – restricting tobacco sales to pharmacies -

- or subsidising less harmful alternatives such as e-cigarettes.

Blakely said it was too early to endorse any of those options – but a business-as-usual approach would not work.

‘We are going to need one of these extra radical things that hasn’t been tried anywhere else’ he said.

‘Even a packet of cigarettes costing $40 will not be enough’..”

(cont..)

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No burning desire for smokefree goal | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Child obesity rates climbing..”

“..New Zealand’s child obesity rates continue to climb -

- while rates in other developed countries have flattened or decreased – obesity experts say.

About one-third of New Zealand children are now overweight or obese -

- compared with about one in four in Australia..”

(cont..)

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Child obesity rates climbing | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Dita de Boni: Kitteridge: the not-so-new broom..”

“..Election already won on back of discrediting Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics -

- so apology is too little too late..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Dita de Boni: Kitteridge: the not-so-new broom – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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New Zealand Parliament – List of questions for oral answer – Thursday – 27 November 2014..turei and finlayson do a mongoose vs. snake routine/duet..and lotu-inga dies on the vine..again..

(ed:..i will post a commentary @ the close of proceedings..)

Questions to Ministers

1)..Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: How many times this year, and on what dates has he had communications with Cameron Slater?

..joyce is answering for key…king asks about key deleting txts..

..norman asks how can key know the txts were not relevant to the main question..if he has deleted them all..

peters says that 8 days previously slater had been leaking parts of the report..

2)..JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What progress has been made towards meeting the Treasury’s Budget forecasts for job growth in the economy over recent years?

3)..MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Local Government: He aha nga kawhiringa hou kua tirotirohia e ia kia nui ake ai nga mangai o te tangata whenua i runga Kaunihera ?-Takiw?, Kaunihera ?-Hau K?inga?
Translation: What initiatives has she investigated to increase tangata whenua representation on local and district councils?

4)..Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on increasing air services links between New Zealand and China?

5)..GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What are the “other options” that the Prime Minister referred to in order to reach his Government’s surplus target for 2014/15, and do they include cutting funding for any existing programmes?

..joyce bats robertson around the room..with ease…

6)..MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the progress of the Government’s whiteware and optical programmes for beneficiaries and low-income New Zealanders?

7)..METIRIA TUREI to the Minister in charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service: Does he agree with the findings of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security’s inquiry into release of NZSIS information to Cameron Slater?

..turei and finlayson do a slow waltz..with turei boring down on key/slater contesting part of the findings of the inquiry..

..(this exchange is well worth the watch..and you could hear a pin drop during most of it..high drama..)

8)..DAVID SHEARER to the Minister in charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service: Is he satisfied that the timeframe for submissions on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill allows sufficient time for public input?

..peters calls finlayson an ‘overblown-diva’..

9)..PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about partnering with sports codes to improve the education of young people and families?

..brownlees’ mini-me asking questions about sport..oh..!..the ironies..!..they do abound..

10)..KRIS FAAFOI to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by all his statements?

..lotu-inga is dying on his feet again..the speaker tries to help him..(this is trainwreck material…lotu-ingas’ basic competence must be called into question..)

11)..RON MARK to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by all of his statements in the House yesterday?

..(sound system bombs out..nobody seems to notice..questions and answers can’t be heard..

..could these people run a cake-stall..?..)

12)..SARAH DOWIE to the Associate Minister of Transport: How will the changes from 1 December, lowering the adult drink-driving limits, improve road safety?

(sound-system still out..)

Questions to Members

Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee: Will he consider extending the time period for submissions on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill given public submissions close today; if not, why not?

(summary:..a bit of a writeoff of a q-time..and i was heading towards a recommendation to avoid replays like the plague..

..with the only point of interest early on being the ease with which joyce batted away questions from robertson..

..but then came the mongoose vs. snake duel that was question seven..turei vs. findlayson..that is a recommended-watch..

..and then of course the trainwreck that is lotu-inga..giving one of the worst performances from a minister i have ever seen..

..in question ten…that too is a recommended-watch..

..a 3/10 q-time..with the recommendation to avoid all but those two questions..

New Zealand Parliament – List of questions for oral answer.

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“..Corporate fat cats lose: San Francisco passes Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights..”

“..Over business objections – Board of Supervisors unanimously passes measure requiring more predictable hours..”

(cont..)

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Corporate fat cats lose: San Francisco passes Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights – Salon.com.

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“..This is how cancer spreads through your body..”

“..A new video from TedEd explains the process in vivid detail..”

(cont..)

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This is how cancer spreads through your body – Salon.com.

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“..John Armstrong: Fiery speeches mark Labour’s new approach..”

“..National is fast awakening to the realisation that Little’s leadership is already making for a very different ball-game -

- than the one which has had National holding the advantage for most of the past six years.

The odds were thought to be on Little struggling as leader in the parliamentary bear-pit –

- an arena in which John Key has seen off no fewer than four Labour leaders.

Two fiery speeches by Little in the past two days have revealed the demeanour that he intends adopting in Parliament –

- essentially in-your-opponent’s-face – bare-knuckle verbal pugilism.

It is strident stuff.

But it is working for him..”

(cont..)

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John Armstrong: Fiery speeches mark Labour’s new approach – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Alcohol is far more deadly than cannabis – former minister Norman Baker says..”

“..Pointing to figures that show there were only 13 deaths related to cannabis use last year -

- compared with more than 7,000 caused by alcohol -

- the Lib Dem MP says there is ‘hysteria’ over drug use in the UK..”

(cont..)

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Alcohol is far more deadly than cannabis, former minister Norman Baker says – Health News – Health & Families – The Independent.

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“..Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries..”

“..Recently discovered wonder-material could have major new applications..”

(cont..)

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Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries – Science – News – The Independent.

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“..Bollywood actress Veena Malik sentenced to 26 years in jail for blasphemy after appearing in mock TV wedding scene..”

“..The GEO TV programme sparked a wave of controversy in the Islamic country when it aired in May -

- despite the fact similar scenes had been aired in the past..”

(cont..)

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Bollywood actress Veena Malik sentenced to 26 years in jail for blasphemy after appearing in mock TV wedding scene – People – News – The Independent.

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“..James Cameron: Avatar sequels are going to be ‘bitchin’..”

“..The director told Empire magazine in an interview that he’s hard at work on scripts for three sequels to Avatar -

- the most successful movie in history..”

(cont..)

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James Cameron: Avatar sequels are going to be ‘bitchin” | Stuff.co.nz.

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