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Poor Nick. At least it is one step up from a flying dildo


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Tweet of the Day


Not content with letting Andrew Little do all the ballsing up, David Cunliffe has a go too.

Judith Collins thanks right-winger Stu Nash for his kind help

6.2 quake in Italy, it’s not looking good #Amatrice


The central Italian town of Amatrice has been badly damaged by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake, with people trapped under the rubble, the town’s mayor says.

“The roads in and out of town are cut off. Half the town is gone,” Sergio Pirozzi, mayor of Amatrice, told RAI state television.

“There are people under the rubble … There’s been a landslide and a bridge might collapse.” Read more »

Main stream media hacked… and they thought it was all shits and giggles

The FBI is investigating whether Russian hackers may have carried out a series of cyber attacks on the New York Times. […]

Investigators do not believe the newspaper’s whole network was affected, according to the official.

A Times spokeswoman said no internal systems had been affected.

“We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised,” she said.

CNN first reported the story and said the intrusions went back months.

It was not clear what the motive is or how many reporters were affected.

There was a suspicion that the same hackers who recently infiltrated Democratic Party organisations were “probably” responsible, reported ABC News.

In June, hackers breached Democratic National Committee computers and made public embarrassing emails that showed the Democratic leadership favouring then candidate Hillary Clinton ahead of her rival Bernie Sanders.

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National just recovered 5%


Mental Health Break

Hit job on Charter schools countered by a few facts

John Gerritsen  has written an article that some might describe as yet another hit job on charter schools.

The country’s eight charter schools paid their owners or related entities more than $1 million for administration and management services last year….The schools’ financial statements for 2015 also showed most underspent their property funding from the government by $100,000 or more last year.

Oh, the horror they not only  lived within their budget they didn’t use it all. A proper socialist educational institution would spend every penny and  complain that they were underfunded.  I can see why John Erickson is so upset.  This is simply not how we do education in New Zealand.  These cheeky Charter schools are thinking outside the box. Instead of buying property they lease it. Instead of building swimming pools they use publicly available ones. Their cost cutting measures mean they can  allocate what they save elsewhere.

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