“..’Simpsons’ 25 things you never knew..”

“..Honorary Squishees to all who recognize more than 20!..”

(cont..)

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25 years of ‘Simpsons,’ 25 things you never knew about the hit show – Pop Culture – TODAY.com.

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“..Are There Natural Remedies for Cognitive Aging?..” 

“..Here’s what’s known so far..”

(cont..)

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Are There Natural Remedies for Cognitive Aging? | Wray Herbert.

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“..Ten Instructive Celebrity Drug Stories of 2014..”

“..Whether trivial or tragic – the travails of the famous have much to teach us about the harms of drug prohibition-

- and media-driven stigma..”

(cont..)

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Ten Instructive Celebrity Drug Stories of 2014 | Alternet.

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“..Remembering the Horrible Things America Did to Cuba Over the Past 6 Decades..”

“..There is a long list of U.S. state-sponsored and CIA-led terrorist acts against Cuba..”

(cont..)

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Remembering the Horrible Things America Did to Cuba Over the Past 6 Decades | Alternet.

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“..Why Colbert Is Hilarious – But Real Conservative Comedy Is Never Funny..”

“..Political comedy usually doesn’t work well when it’s anchored in seething hatred or even casual contempt..”

(cont..)

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Why Colbert Is Hilarious But REAL Conservative Comedy Is Never Funny | Alternet.

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“..A Not-So-Brief and Extremely Sordid History of Cheerleading..”

“..The Redskinettes – ‘Debbie Does Dallas’ -

- and so much more..”

(cont..)

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A Not-So-Brief and Extremely Sordid History of Cheerleading | Alternet.

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“..The Shocking Revelations in the Senate Drone Report Coming Out 5 Years from Now..”

“..Let’s travel forward in time when we get a Senate report on the drone program..”

(cont..)

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The Shocking Revelations in the Senate Drone Report Coming Out 5 Years from Now | Alternet.

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“..Machine Gun America – Florida’s Latest Theme Park – Lets Kids Handle Semi-Automatic Weapons..”

“..Whether you’re looking to unleash your inner action star – or become a zombie hunter -

- experience the exhilarating rush of shooting real machine guns and powerful firearms -

- for a thrill unlike any other..”

(cont..)

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Machine Gun America—Florida’s Latest Theme Park—Lets Kids Handle Semi-Automatic Weapons | Alternet.

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“..?The Scoop on the Poop Bus: How Human and Animal Waste Might Fuel Our Future..”

“..The Bio-Bus – a 40-seat mass transit vehicle that can travel 186 miles on a tank of compressed gas produced from human waste -

- is a lot less disgusting than you think.

It may even be an ingenious carbon-neutral way to make use of our waste..”

(cont..)

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?The Scoop on the Poop Bus: How Human and Animal Waste Might Fuel Our Future | Alternet.

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“..Paul Krugman Shows How Putin’s Burst Economic Bubble Is the Essence of Crony Capitalism..”

“..This is what you get when all the oligarchs take the money overseas..”

(cont..)

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Paul Krugman Shows How Putin’s Burst Economic Bubble Is the Essence of Crony Capitalism | Alternet.

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“..Americans Are Sick to Death of Both Parties – Why Politics Is in Worse Shape Than We Thought..”

“..2014 signaled a new stage of disintegration..”

(cont..)

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Americans Are Sick to Death of Both Parties — Why Our Politics Is in Worse Shape Than We Thought | Alternet.

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“..Chris Riddell: ‘It’s about the texture of lines on the page’..”

“..The in-demand illustrator – writer – and cartoonist -

- on fantasy – JK Rowling –

- and working with Neil Gaiman and Russell Brand..”

(cont..)

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Chris Riddell: ‘It’s about the texture of lines on the page’ | Books | The Guardian.

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“..The Interview: Sony’s retreat signals an unprecedented defeat on American turf..”

“..This is not the first time a Hollywood film has triggered an international incident -

- but the reaction has struck closer to home than ever before..”

(cont..)

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The Interview: Sony’s retreat signals an unprecedented defeat on American turf | Peter Bradshaw | Film | The Guardian.

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“..2014 science breakthroughs: no more ageing – cave art – and landing on a comet..”

“..Accolade for Philae probe and its mothership Rosetta -

- but top spot in journal Science’s list goes to genetic researchers..”

(cont..)

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2014 science breakthroughs: no more ageing, cave art and landing on a comet | Science | The Guardian.

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“..Santa’s real workshop: the town in China that makes the world’s Christmas decorations..”

“..Inside the ‘Christmas village’ of Yiwu there’s no snow and no elves -

- just 600 factories that produce 60% of all the decorations in the world..”

(cont..)

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Santa’s real workshop: the town in China that makes the world’s Christmas decorations | Art and design | The Guardian.

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“..Prince Harry and the herdsman: can we really fall for this imperial hokum?..”

“..This photograph is as arrogant as any colonial portrait.

Harry may as well have a gun in his hand -

- and a dead lion at his feet..”

(cont..)

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Prince Harry and the herdsman: can we really fall for this imperial hokum? | Jonathan Jones | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..Why you really don’t need that ironic reindeer jumper..”

“..Oddly however – the anti-capitalist response accepts the same basic narrative almost entirely:

- yes – the economy does depend on this kind of spending

– and that only goes to prove that capitalism is an empty shallow generator of cash for cash’s sake.

What we need is an entirely different economic model..”

(cont..)

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Why you really don’t need that ironic reindeer jumper | Julian Baggini | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..Five cities where planning went right..”

“..examples where good planning made the difference..”

(cont..)

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Five cities where planning went right | Cities | The Guardian.

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“..Divorced by 30: why do so many young marriages come to an early end?..”

“..Divorce rates are highest among couples in their 20s.

What causes ‘starter marriages’ to fall apart -

- and what can you learn from them?..”

(cont..)

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Divorced by 30: why do so many young marriages come to an early end? | Life and style | The Guardian.

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“..Neighbourhood watch: how domestic CCTV is sweeping the UK..”

“..Many UK homes are now bristling with CCTV cameras -

- sometimes causing bitter disputes between neighbours.

The government’s surveillance camera commissioner is looking at changing the law.

So what are we watching out for anyway?..”

(cont..)

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Neighbourhood watch: how domestic CCTV is sweeping the UK | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Franciscan order of monks inquiry uncovers major financial fraud..”

“..Minister general says 800-year-old order in grave difficulty -

- after ‘questionable financial activities’ by monks and outsiders..”

(cont..)

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Franciscan order of monks inquiry uncovers major financial fraud | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Man – 80 – jailed for orchestrating acid attack on his teenage ex-girlfriend..”

“..An 80-year-old man who paid a man £50 to carry out an acid attack that left his teenage ex-girlfriend with disfiguring burns to her face and neck -

- has been jailed for 18 years..”

(cont..)

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Man, 80, jailed for orchestrating acid attack on his teenage ex-girlfriend | UK news | The Guardian.

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“..Mandy Rice-Davies – Profumo affair model dies – aged 70..”

“..Key figure in scandal that rocked Harold Macmillan’s Tory government in the 1960s -

- dies after cancer battle..”

(cont..)

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Mandy Rice-Davies, Profumo affair model, dies aged 70 | Politics | The Guardian.

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“..FBI links North Korea to Sony hack – ahead of Obama press conference – live updates..”

“..With the official accusation now public -

- all eyes turn to President Obama..”

(cont..)

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FBI links North Korea to Sony hack ahead of Obama press conference – live updates | US news | The Guardian.

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ed:..ew..!..just ‘ew..!’..nz herald comes out as a pimp for the booze-pushers..

(ed:..if you wish to see how much the booze-industry butters the (advertising)-bread of the media..

..how that media is so owned/bought by those advertising dollars..

..look no further than this shameful travesty of an editorial from the nz herald..

..where they recoil in horror at any idea of removing booze-advertising from sports..

..you can smell the alcohol/income-loss-fear on the writers’ breath..

..vested-interest..much..?..)

(cont..)

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Editorial: Liquor forum clampdown over the top – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..Bad parents? – These people are heroes..”

“..There is prejudice and loathing – and then there are facts.

The Family 100 Project – an online report compiled by Auckland Council – Auckland City Mission – and Think Place -

- brings the truth of what’s actually happening in the homes of the underclass.

You’ll read – in story after story – about parents who don’t eat so that their kids can.

Parents who don’t sleep in a bed so their kids can.

Parents who will get up at 3am to queue – go through a five-hour ordeal of form filling – waiting – explaining – waiting – explaining again – and waiting again …

- just to get a box of Weetbix and sausages so their kids can eat at Christmas.

They don’t sound like bad parents.

They sound like heroes..”

(cont..)

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Verity Johnson: Bad parents? These people are heroes – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..The secret diary of … the PM..”

“..Cameron shouted ‘Yo dawg sup LOL’.

I said, ‘I heard you the first time. Couldn’t you have just sent that as a text?’

He said ‘Don’t you like it when I phone you up?’

I said ‘Of course I do’.

He began to cry.

‘You told the media that bloggers weren’t a big part of your day.’..”

(cont..)

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The secret diary of … the PM – Politics – NZ Herald News.

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a ‘best-of’..auckland..

(steve braunias on what he likes about a.k..)

(cont..)

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City of sandwiches, bridges and rug gurus – Entertainment – NZ Herald News.

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“..How Kim Jong Un became the target of The Internet..”

“..A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about The Interview -

- the likelihood of trouble seemed remote..”

(cont..)

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How Kim Jong Un became the target of The Internet | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Struggling to make ends meet..”

“..Report author Ruth Swale spoke to more than 30 agencies – organisations and individuals in South Canterbury – over a six-month period -

- and the issue which stood out to her was the level of poverty in the Marchwiel area.

The research found some streets in the north-end area were within the lowest categories (9 and 10) on the deprivation index..”

(cont..)

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Struggling to make ends meet | Stuff.co.nz.

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“.. Bosses illegally docking wages..”

“..Agriculture – forestry – and fishing -

- are among the biggest offenders against two pieces of legislation designed to protect workers from being ripped off by their bosses..”

(cont..)

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Aggrieved workers lay wage complaints | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Billy Corgan: ‘Nobody believes I made a three-star record. Nobody!’..”

“..We had questions for the Smashing Pumpkins star about cats – astrology – and experimentalism -

- but first we had to get the issue of the Guardian’s three-star review of his latest album out of the way..”

(cont..)

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Billy Corgan: ‘Nobody believes I made a three-star record. Nobody!’ | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Low-income families’ safety net needs repair..”

“..In the 1991 Budget – the universal child benefit was abolished -

- and income support benefits were cut by about 21 per cent -

- resulting in a doubling of children in poverty.

Children in ‘beneficiary’ families were particularly badly affected –

- the proportion of children in poverty supported by a benefit rose from 25 to 75 per cent -

- and there it stays still -

- as the level of benefits has not been restored relatively -

- and such families do not get the full package of child-related tax credits..”

(cont..)

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Innes Asher: Low-income families’ safety net needs repair – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..Dominic Corry: My top 10 movies of 2014..”

“..A relatively high number of films struck a chord with Dominic Corry this year..”

(cont..)

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Dominic Corry: My top 10 movies of 2014 – Entertainment – NZ Herald News.

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“..Dita De Boni: Our teachers really do know best..”

“..Educators are wholly dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for students -

- so let’s leave them to it..”

(cont..)

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Dita De Boni: Our teachers really do know best – Politics – NZ Herald News.

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“..Report contradicts Gerry Brownlee’s version of events..”

“..The Civil Aviation Authority’s report into former Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee’s security breach at Christchurch Airport -

- contradicts the version of events he provided to reporters at the time.

Following the July breach – Mr Brownlee claimed he was given permission by an airport staff member manning a secure exit door to bypass security.

“My words were: ‘We’re in a hurry to get on the plane.

Can we shoot through here?’

In the end he let us through – but it was all my fault – no one else’s.”

However – a heavily redacted CAA report released to media shows the staff member did not give permission for Mr Brownlee and his two aides to bypass security -

- but was too taken aback to stop them..”

(cont..)

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Report contradicts Gerry Brownlee’s version of events – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Children stabbed to death in Cairns..”

“..A number of people – including seven children -

- have been found dead in Australia.

Dozens of police have swarmed to the home in Cairns in far north Queensland -

- amid reports of a multiple stabbing.

There are up to eight victims at the Manoora property..”

(cont..)

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Children stabbed to death in Cairns: reports | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..The year of outrage 2014: Everything you were angry about on social media this year..”

“..Every so often a whirlwind of outrage touches down -

- sowing destruction and chaos -

- before disappearing into the sky..”

(cont..)

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The year of outrage 2014: Everything you were angry about on social media this year. – Utne Altwire.

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“..Our Fascination With Vampire Stories..”

“..Vampire stories allow us to explore issues of mortality..”

(cont..)

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Our Fascination With Vampire Stories – Arts – Utne Reader.

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“..Forget Vinyl: You Can DJ Like a Pro With This New Mac App..”

“..You don’t need fancy equipment and boxes of vinyl to DJ like a pro (although purists may disagree).

With a robust music library to source from – and tools that make song transitions seamless -

- even a n00b can keep a house party jumping into the wee hours.

The new Djay Pro for Mac offers both of these features -

- and a ton more -

- and caters to both DJ padawans and professional mixers..”

(cont..)

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Forget Vinyl: You Can DJ Like a Pro With This New Mac App | WIRED.

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