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Today’s Trivia


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The deepest hole in the world is the Kola Superdeep Borehole. (Source)

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Do you feel personally ashamed for NZ’s child murder rate?


A Stuff special investigation has collated the details of nearly all children, under 14 years of age, that were killed as a result of neglect, abuse, or maltreatment in New Zealand since 1992.

…The panel overseeing the CYF business case is made up of civil servants and experts, both domestically and internationally, who will not waste any time picking apart the numerous flaws in the department’s system.

It’s expected that the kinds of changes proposed will require millions of dollars, likely needing to be stumped up over multiple budgets.

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This leads to more questions than answers

AP via New York Post

AP via New York Post

More Swiss people are having sex with horses, according to a sickening new report.

There were 105 cases of the maltreatment of horses in Switzerland in 2014 — 10 percent of which involved people having sex with them, according to Tier im Recht, an animal welfare group. Read more »


Has Hooton fallen off the wagon…again?

Matthew Hooton has a mad rant about National’s leadership woes in the NBR.

There is a problem though with his mad rant…there aren’t any leadership woes. Nor is there a coup, or a plan to replace John Key. It seems Matthew Hooton has interviewed his keyboard, or more likely dictated his fantasy to an intern.

The rumour goes that Mr Key, like his idol Richie McCaw, will want to go out on a high and on his own terms.  His knighthood depends on him handing over to a National prime minister rather than losing an election to Labour.  And while his poll numbers are still strong, he now consistently rates below the National Party, with about a quarter of National voters naming someone else as their preferred prime minister.  For the first time, a campaign based solely on “Team Key” would drag National down.  The next election campaign will need to be less focused on the leader, which Mr Key may not enjoy.

For his part, Mr Joyce backs himself as a great communicator, especially on radio but also on TV.  He is sure he could do the retail aspects of the prime ministership – clowning around on commercial radio and so forth – as well as Mr Key.  He is a more enthusiastic bureaucratic manager than the incumbent.

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Immigrants come to New Zealand for… New Zealand. So why change it?

John Roughan is one of the few sane voices left at the NZ Herald

We don’t think of ourselves as a Christian country but I bet non-Christian immigrants do, and I bet they are not disappointed. They probably won’t even notice that their invitation to a Christmas dinner put on by Auckland Regional Migrant Services has gone to great trouble not to mention Christmas.

Let’s be fair, the agency wants to avoid any risk that its clients might think the invitation is only for Christians. I’m more disappointed to read that the “festive lunch”, where the providers will be careful to say, “season’s greetings”, will be a “multi-ethnic pot-luck lunch”, whatever that is. I wonder if they would prefer the real thing.

You can go to too much trouble to make people feel at home. They are not at home and do not always need to be reminded of it. Having chosen to come to a different culture, even as refugees, it is just possible they have been looking forward to the experience of Christmas in a country classified as Christian. Read more »