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Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

Budapest has the second oldest metro in the world–a metro that was built between 1894 and 1896. (Source)

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You don’t care for your car as much as this guy can

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Is Joe Davis Ratfucking Vic Crone?

Any decent political analyst knows that Phil Goff will become Mayor of Auckland because there are too many candidates on the right.

In an ideal world the right wing candidates would be smart enough to work together, run a defacto primary and decide who should run and win because they will all lose otherwise.

This requires goodwill between candidates. Candidates need a rapport and mutual respect to do deals, or else they will think “fuck it if I cannot win I am buggered if I will let X win”.

Which makes Mark Thomas’ Facebook challenge to Vic Crone seem as if Joe Davis’ strategy is going to ratfuck Vic Crone.

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Get ready for a “non-linear climate event”

A brief summary on the Climate debacle fraud so far

  • We have lots of unreliable data, that keeps being changed
  • This is plugged into climate models, that keep predicting doom
  • The real world readings, even after fiddling with them, don’t match the most conservative of climate models
  • There is an arbitrary 2 degree “dooms day scenario” for this century that has no basis in fact

It is with this in mind, I want to pull up this author’s last paragraph first.

I’m not a scientist, but 10 years ago I spent almost a year interviewing almost all the world’s leading climate scientists for a book I was writing. I learned that all our calculations for dealing with climate change could suddenly be swept aside by a non-linear event — and this could be it.

Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

Now I’ve set the scene, get ready for the next panic in the Climate Change Circus:  non-linear climate change.

Most people think of global warming as an incremental thing. It may be inexorable, but it’s also predictable. Alas, most people are wrong. The climate is a very complex system, and complex systems can change in non-linear ways.

In other words, you cannot count on the average global temperature rising steadily, but slowly, as we pump more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. It may do that — but there may also be a sudden jump in the average global temperature that lands you in a world of hurt. That may be happening now.

“We are moving into uncharted territory with frightening speed,” said Michel Jarraud, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, last November. He was referring to the fact that the warming is now accelerating in an unprecedented way.

2014 was the hottest year ever — until 2015 beat it by a wide margin. 2016 may beat that record by an even wider margin. It was the hottest January ever — and then the average global temperature in February was a full fifth of a degree Celsius higher than January.

That was a huge jump, since the “average global temperature” is an average of all the temperatures over the seas and the land in both the summer hemisphere and the winter hemisphere. It is normally a very stable figure, changing no more than a few hundredths of a degree from year to year.

I love how they contradict themselves.  How can it normally be a very stable figure when they have been telling us for decades that it has been increasing at an alarming rate?   I’m also just a journalist, and not a scientist, but come on now, you can’t have it both ways. Read more »

John Key’s lawyer goes under the bus

It appears the John Key’s lawyer has been told he needs to take one for the team.

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Lawyer Ken Whitney “misrepresented” John Key

Prime Minister John Key says his lawyer misrepresented him while lobbying another minister about a potential crackdown on the foreign trusts industry.

It emerged last week that Mr Key’s personal lawyer, Ken Whitney, had lobbied the Government in 2014 because of concerns that the foreign trusts regime was about to change. Read more »

Refugees: Does NZ really want more?

Andrew Little wants to double the refugee quota

Andrew Little wants to double the refugee quota

Nearly overnight we’ve arrived at a point, without any debate or public input, that we’ll have more refugees.

After years of lobbying, Amnesty International is finally confident the Government will increase New Zealand’s refugee quota.

Every party in Parliament has publicly backed raising the quota, except the one that counts — National.

Labour and the Greens want it doubled to 1500 at a minimum, with ACT and New Zealand First supporting a less dramatic increase. Read more »