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Daily dose of Awww: Duck

OK, I know, it’s an ad.  But it still hit me where it was meant to


Today’s Trivia



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One of the first typewriters was initially called a “literary piano.” (source)

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Daily dose of Awww: as in: “that’s just Awwwful”

This is why I like dogs

At a minimum, those cats needs to know who is boss.  Man card revoked!


Tastes like chicken

Not all kitty videos are cute.  But this one is impressive


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Good move by the seppos, perhaps we could do the same here

The Supreme Court of the United States is looking at whether compulsory collection of union dues is against the First Amendment of the Constitution.

On Friday the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case next term that could wipe out public-sector unions. These unions require all public employees in a certain profession to pay fees associated with nonpolitical union representation, like collective bargaining. Now 10 California teachers, along with the Christian Educators Association International, are suing to halt the collection of these fees. They believe that mandatory union payments constitute compelled political speech in violation of the First Amendment.

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Has too much immigration stunted our growth?

Richard Harman writes at Politik about the hypothesis that our immigration policies have stunted growth.

Riddell’s fundamental argument is that New Zealand has failed over the past 25 years to enjoy the level of growth that it should have.

And he argues that is because the exchange rate has been too high and that we have not produced a whole range of profitable new export businesses.

Though he has plenty to say about the way the Reserve Bank goes about its day to day business it is his argument on the exchange rate that is likely to be his most controversial.

That’s because he believes the fundamental reason the exchange rate is too high is because of the upwards pressure placed on interest rates by what he argues is excessive immigration.

Of course any argument like that makes the proponent vulnerable to the charge that they are promoting New Zealand First and Winston Peters.

And that was exactly the reaction he got when he first presented his argument when he worked at Treasury.

“They said these are really interesting ideas.

“But — but — they sort of sound like Winston and we don’t know what to do with that!”  Read more »

So, can we finally dispense with the “Lone Wolf” theory then?

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

A French prosecutor has confirmed that the man who beheaded his boss and tried to blow up a gas factory had a “terrorist motive” and links to the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria.

I don’t suspect any of my readers will be surprised.  But why is the Main Stream Media so determined not to admit that there is a world war between Islam and non-Islamist (and a smaller one between Islam and not-up-to-scratch Islamists)?   Read more »