“..Sydney hit by hail – flash floods..” 

Parts of Sydney experienced a fresh deluge on Saturday – as the central coast and Hunter braced for more wild weather

Source: Sydney hit by hail, flash floods, as storm-affected areas warned to expect more | Australia news | The Guardian

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff | Comments Off on “..Sydney hit by hail – flash floods..” 

“..Nepal earthquake: death toll exceeds 1,000 people – live updates..” 

Rolling coverage of developments in Himalayan nation following 7.9 magnitude quake near Kathmandu

Source: Nepal earthquake: death toll exceeds 1,000 people – live updates | World news | The Guardian

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff | Comments Off on “..Nepal earthquake: death toll exceeds 1,000 people – live updates..” 

“..Alex and Hannahs flatbed house truck..”

cool old-school flatbed housetruck.

Source: Alex and Hannahs flatbed house truck – Property – NZ Herald Pictures

Posted in General, nz politics/culture/stuff, that's cool | Comments Off on “..Alex and Hannahs flatbed house truck..”

“..Great white shark attacks film crew..”

Footage has emerged of the terrifying moment a 6m great white shark lunged at a dinghy carrying an international film crew off Stewart Island.

Two people were on the inflatable craft filming for documentary…

Source: Great white shark attacks film crew – National – NZ Herald News

Posted in nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..Great white shark attacks film crew..”

“..Why John Key’s daughter Stephie likes to get naked for art – ‘strong women’..” 

As Stephie Key prepares for her first solo art exhibition in Paris – the Prime Minister’s daughter has revealed the inspiration behind her risque creations.

Source: Why John Key’s daughter Stephie likes to get naked for art – ‘strong women’ – National – NZ Herald News

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, music/ent/lit, nz politics/culture/stuff, reviews | Comments Off on “..Why John Key’s daughter Stephie likes to get naked for art – ‘strong women’..” 

“..Land tax the fairest route..” 

The Reserve Bank’s suggestion to revisit tax incentives for landlords has highlighted how poisoned that debate has become –

– after voters rejected the Labour/Green Capital Gains Tax at last year’s election.

Source: Land tax the fairest route – Business – NZ Herald News

Posted in General, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..Land tax the fairest route..” 

“..Are we all going to be vegetarians in 50 years?..” 

The world’s supply of phosphorous is running low – threatening agriculture and meat production.

Source: Are we all going to be vegetarians in 50 years? | Stuff.co.nz

Posted in green things, health, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff, vegan stuff | Comments Off on “..Are we all going to be vegetarians in 50 years?..” 

“..Kiwi drug smugglers controlled global dope trade..”

Kiwi granddad home after 12 years in US prison for running a global drug operation worth millions.

Source: Kiwi drug smugglers controlled global dope trade | Stuff.co.nz

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..Kiwi drug smugglers controlled global dope trade..”

“..Gallipoli centenary: Drone footage..” 

As commemorations for the thousands of men who died in the infamous First World War Gallipoli campaign begin around the world – drone footage has captured the beauty of the peninsula today.

Source: Gallipoli centenary: Drone footage captures beauty of peninsula 100 years after ill-fated WWI campaign – World – News – The Independent

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..Gallipoli centenary: Drone footage..” 

“..America’s preeminent climate deniers are sending ‘real scientists’ to the Vatican – to teach the Pope about global warming..” 

The Koch-backed Heartland Institute will enlighten Pope Francis about our ‘Biblical duty’ to destroy the planet.

Source: America’s preeminent climate deniers are sending “real scientists” to the Vatican to teach the Pope about global warming – Salon.com

Posted in General, green things, international politics/culture/ stuff | Comments Off on “..America’s preeminent climate deniers are sending ‘real scientists’ to the Vatican – to teach the Pope about global warming..” 

“..How to demolish the oligarchy in 3 easy steps..” 

American democracy has been tainted by lobbying and corporate interests.

How do we fix it?

Source: How to demolish the oligarchy in 3 easy steps – Salon.com

Posted in General, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..How to demolish the oligarchy in 3 easy steps..” 

“..mesmerizing videos of Japanese synchronized walking competitions..” 

All countries have quirky traditions that probably look a little odd from the outside.

Source: Watch these mesmerizing videos of Japanese synchronized walking competitions – Boing Boing

Posted in General, international politics/culture/ stuff, music/ent/lit, reviews | Comments Off on “..mesmerizing videos of Japanese synchronized walking competitions..” 

“..Washington State’s medical marijuana milieu is almost too good to be true..”

Pinch me! I must be dreaming.

Source: Washington State’s medical marijuana milieu is almost too good to be true – Boing Boing

Posted in General, health, international politics/culture/ stuff | Comments Off on “..Washington State’s medical marijuana milieu is almost too good to be true..”

“..Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic – Doesn’t Mean It Was Raised Humanely..” 

The USDA’s organic standards don’t prevent animal cruelty — but that may soon change.

Source: Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic Doesn’t Mean It Was Raised Humanely | Mother Jones

Posted in green things, international politics/culture/ stuff | Comments Off on “..Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic – Doesn’t Mean It Was Raised Humanely..” 

“..Enough is Enough..”

From population – to the stuff we use – when is enough enough?

Source: Enough is Enough

Posted in green things, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..Enough is Enough..”

“..Interview With Filmmaker Laura Poitras..” 

Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras reveals what she’s learned from Edward Snowden about global surveillance –

– and how our world has changed.

Source: A TomDispatch Interview With Filmmaker Laura Poitras – Politics – Utne Reader

Posted in General, international politics/culture/ stuff, music/ent/lit, nz politics/culture/stuff, reviews | Comments Off on “..Interview With Filmmaker Laura Poitras..” 

“..New VR Tech Lets You Explore Worlds at the Nanoscale..” 

A startup is fusing VR and nanotech to make cyberpunk fantasies come true.

Source: New VR Tech Lets You Explore Worlds at the Nanoscale | WIRED

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, music/ent/lit, nz politics/culture/stuff, reviews | Comments Off on “..New VR Tech Lets You Explore Worlds at the Nanoscale..” 

“..Write the Perfect Email to Anyone With This Creepy Site..” 

Crystal is definitely creepy – perhaps useful – and almost certainly a look at how we’ll communicate in the future.

Source: Write the Perfect Email to Anyone With This Creepy Site | WIRED

Posted in General, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..Write the Perfect Email to Anyone With This Creepy Site..” 

“..Drivers Love the Tech That’ll Soon Power Self-Driving Cars..” 

survey found the best-liked features are the ones that lighten the burden of driving.

Source: Drivers Love the Tech That’ll Soon Power Self-Driving Cars | WIRED

Posted in green things, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..Drivers Love the Tech That’ll Soon Power Self-Driving Cars..” 

“..2015: The Year We Saved the Internet..”

We’ve gracefully sidestepped not one but two potential online dystopias – and it’s not even May.

Source: 2015: The Year We Saved the Internet | WIRED

Posted in General, international politics/culture/ stuff, music/ent/lit, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..2015: The Year We Saved the Internet..”

“..Surprise: Frank Miller Is Returning to the Dark Knight Saga..” 

Thirty years after his seminal Batman miniseries The Dark Knight – the comics legend is coming back to wrap up the Crusader’s darkest timeline.

Source: Surprise: Frank Miller Is Returning to the Dark Knight Saga | WIRED

Posted in comics, international politics/culture/ stuff, music/ent/lit, nz politics/culture/stuff, reviews | Comments Off on “..Surprise: Frank Miller Is Returning to the Dark Knight Saga..” 

 “..Noam Chomsky: Media – NATO – ISIS – Free Trade Agreements & Humanity..”

“There is always some invented enemy – which is about to destroy us – which we have to defend ourselves against”

Source:  Noam Chomsky: Media, NATO, ISIS, Free Trade Agreements & Humanity (2015 NEW)   :   Information Clearing House – ICH

Posted in General, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on  “..Noam Chomsky: Media – NATO – ISIS – Free Trade Agreements & Humanity..”

“..Weed industry to be worth $13.4 billion by 2020 – creating hundreds of thousands of jobs..”

The marijuana industry is the fastest growing business sector in the United States – according to a recent market report – with sales expected to reach $3.6 billion by the end of 2013, and $13.4 billion by 2020.

Source: Weed industry to be worth $13.4 billion by 2020, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs – Americas – World – The Independent

Posted in health, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..Weed industry to be worth $13.4 billion by 2020 – creating hundreds of thousands of jobs..”

“..The four charts that show McDonald’s is in crisis – after hundreds of store closures announced..” 

McDonald’s is planning on closing hundreds of stores to combat a nosedive in profits – as competition heats up in the burger sector.

Source: The four charts that show McDonald’s is in crisis after hundreds of store closures announced – Business News – Business – The Independent

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..The four charts that show McDonald’s is in crisis – after hundreds of store closures announced..” 

“..From pogo-ing guinea pigs to ‘hypnotised’ rabbits – scientists discover the many mysteries of our pets..” 

From pogo-ing guinea pigs to mesmerised cats and over-amorous dogs – it seems our pets have a limitless capacity for bizarre behaviour.

Source: From pogo-ing guinea pigs to ‘hypnotised’ rabbits, scientists discover the many mysteries of our pets – News – The Independent

Posted in General, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..From pogo-ing guinea pigs to ‘hypnotised’ rabbits – scientists discover the many mysteries of our pets..” 

“..Cameron to blame for failing to lead Labour in polls, says Lord Ashcroft..” 

The influential Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft has blamed David Cameron for the party’s failure to open up an opinion poll lead over Labour-

– as the election heads for a draw that could put Ed Miliband in Downing Street.

Source: General Election 2015: Cameron to blame for failing to lead Labour in polls, says Lord Ashcroft – General Election 2015 – UK Politics – The Independent

Posted in General, international politics/culture/ stuff | Comments Off on “..Cameron to blame for failing to lead Labour in polls, says Lord Ashcroft..” 

“..Hawaii Wants To Be The First State To Run Completely On Renewable Energy..”

“..With strong trade winds – volcanic heat – and abundant solar and hydropower –

– the Hawaiian islands have a plethora of natural resources.

Yet the state is America’s largest consumer of fossil fuels per capita..”

Source: Hawaii Wants To Be The First State To Run Completely On Renewable Energy

Posted in General, green things, international politics/culture/ stuff | Comments Off on “..Hawaii Wants To Be The First State To Run Completely On Renewable Energy..”

“..You Have $8 Billion – You Want To Do As Much Good As Possible – What Do You Do?..”

the charity recommendation group GiveWell.

Source: You Have $8 Billion. You Want To Do As Much Good As Possible. What Do You Do?

Posted in General, international politics/culture/ stuff | Comments Off on “..You Have $8 Billion – You Want To Do As Much Good As Possible – What Do You Do?..”

“..The Drug War: The Primary Reason There Are ‘1.5 Million Missing Black Men’..” 

While it is clear that drug use doesn’t discriminate, the reality is that the war on drug users does discriminate.

Source: The Drug War: The Primary Reason There Are ‘1.5 Million Missing Black Men’ | Alternet

Posted in health, international politics/culture/ stuff | Comments Off on “..The Drug War: The Primary Reason There Are ‘1.5 Million Missing Black Men’..” 

“..Meet the Brave Doctor Still Researching Marijuana – Even After Getting Fired for It..” 

Dr. Sue Sisely is not letting bureaucratic obstacles or political retribution stop her. And veterans suffering PTSD thank her for it.

Source: Meet the Brave Doctor Still Researching Marijuana Even After Getting Fired for It | Alternet

Posted in health, international politics/culture/ stuff | Comments Off on “..Meet the Brave Doctor Still Researching Marijuana – Even After Getting Fired for It..” 

“..While Hillary Was Secretary of State – Foreign Corporations in Favor of TPP Paid Bill over a Million Dollars..” 

Could Clinton’s silence on the matter be due to a serious conflict of interest?

Source: While Hillary Was Secretary of State, Foreign Corporations in Favor of TPP Paid Bill over a Million Dollars | Alternet

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..While Hillary Was Secretary of State – Foreign Corporations in Favor of TPP Paid Bill over a Million Dollars..” 

“..The Murderous Scam White Elites Have Perpetrated on Blacks and Whites for at Least 4 Centuries..” 

Decade after decade in America — including today — white elites get away with murder by turning blacks and whites against each other.

Source: The Murderous Scam White Elites Have Perpetrated on Blacks and Whites for at Least 4 Centuries | Alternet

Posted in General, international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..Liberland: Hundreds of Thousands Apply to Live in the World’s Newest—Very Tiny—Libertarian ‘Country’..” 

Who can resist the allure of no taxes and no government interference in people’s private lives?

Source: Liberland: Hundreds of Thousands Apply to Live in the World’s Newest—Very Tiny—Libertarian ‘Country’ | Alternet

Posted in General | Leave a comment

“..A Letter of Apology to My Grandson: ‘It’s Not the World I Wanted to Leave You’..” 

Our world is a far more screwed up – degraded – place.

Source: A Letter of Apology to My Grandson: ‘It’s Not the World I Wanted to Leave You’ | Alternet

Posted in General, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..A Letter of Apology to My Grandson: ‘It’s Not the World I Wanted to Leave You’..” 

“..Jackson Pollock – the one-man tornado who spattered his way to fame..” 

In the 1940s – the poor alcoholic artist was saved by a rich heiress – Peggy Guggenheim.

Now the pair are reunited in a knockout show that busts all the myths about America’s noblest savage.

Source: Jackson Pollock, the one-man tornado who spattered his way to fame | Art and design | The Guardian

Posted in General, international politics/culture/ stuff, music/ent/lit, reviews | Comments Off on “..Jackson Pollock – the one-man tornado who spattered his way to fame..” 

“..Sunglasses and scruffy shoes: the style mistakes that can cost you a job..” 

From distracting blouses to jangling jewellery –

– the fashion details that should never be seen in interview.

(cont..)

Source: Sunglasses and scruffy shoes: the style mistakes that can cost you a job | Fashion | The Guardian

Posted in General, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..Sunglasses and scruffy shoes: the style mistakes that can cost you a job..” 

“..From Bond to the Apple Watch: a history of gadgetry on your wrist – video..”

The Apple Watch isn’t the first timepiece to be packed full of gadgetry and gizmos.

(cont..)

Source: From Bond to the Apple Watch: a history of gadgetry on your wrist – video | Technology | The Guardian

Posted in General, music/ent/lit, reviews | Comments Off on “..From Bond to the Apple Watch: a history of gadgetry on your wrist – video..”

“..US government says fracking causes earthquakes – what took them so long?..” 

US Geological Survey backpedals on previous research on wastewater drilling-induced earthquakes –

– that have shaken eight states in last seven years.

Source: US government says drilling causes earthquakes – what took them so long? | World news | The Guardian

Posted in General, green things, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..US government says fracking causes earthquakes – what took them so long?..” 

“..Port v Council: the battle for Auckland’s harbour..”

“..Will the outcry over wharf extensions at the Port of Auckland trigger a long-anticipated showdown between the port company and its master –

– the Auckland Council?..”

(cont..)

Source: Port v Council: the battle for Auckland’s harbour – National – NZ Herald News

Posted in General, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..Port v Council: the battle for Auckland’s harbour..”

“..John Armstrong: PM’s hair-pulling has opened ugly can of worms..” 

“..The day is surely not far away when John Key’s gift of the gab is unable to talk him out of a political quagmire –

– into which he has so needlessly dug himself..”

(cont..)

Source: John Armstrong: PM’s hair-pulling has opened ugly can of worms – Opinion – NZ Herald News

Posted in General, nz politics/culture/stuff | Comments Off on “..John Armstrong: PM’s hair-pulling has opened ugly can of worms..”