Tuesday nightCap

Charlie goes to Burning Man

Caution: Adult Themes.

A bit long, but worth the view.  Wondering if this should be on my bucket list

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Today’s Trivia

via wikipedia.org

via wikipedia.org

 

TONIGHT’S TODAY’S TRIVIA is brought to you by one of the Team, and they’re much tougher than I am. Not sure if you wanted to remain anonymous but I’ll leave it to you to reveal yourself and crown tonight’s winner if you want to.

 

NERF, of kids play guns and various cool toys fame is actually an acronym which means “Non-Expanding Recreational Foam”. (source)

 

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Life is amazing

Intelligent design v Evolution – start your engines….

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Didn’t see that coming

A vlogger posts his 1000th video

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Daily Roundup

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It’s better to be feared than loved, but the idea that I go around killing people is starting to become absurd.  For one, I still have to do my first killing, so how about we assume I don’t until I actually get started?  Deal?

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Kim Dotcom’s hired political party failed to deliver

Ian Apperly writes

Following Greenwald the (unsurprising) start of the show Edward Snowden beamed in from Russia to tell us what he thought. There were really only two statements that came out of that. Firstly, the cable had been tapped and secondly, that the NSA had a presence in Auckland and “further North”. He also said that he had regularly come across New Zealand data as part of his job as an analyst. No evidence of any of this was provided, we assume that Snowden, a traitor to his own country and a hero of the far right and far left, is telling us the truth.

New Zealand has had foreign spies here as long as I can remember. Every now and then they really screw it up. And we see it. Americans, Russians, Israelis, and other nation states have all been caught out here. So the NSA having a presence is zero surprise. The cable tapping was a given, as we’ve seen. It doesn’t matter HOW it is tapped by the way. Pacific Fibre have said they have no knowledge of it, yet there are soft ways to do it, it could be done at the far ends, their are a myriad of ways. We know they are.

I had a friend in the eighties who’s father was in the SIS and spied on the Russian spies in and around Karori. They would park in one particular elderly woman’s driveway to keep an eye on the Russians, so the story goes, because she would creep out with cups of tea, biscuits, and scones to feed the boys who were “keeping an eye on the naughty Russians.” Read more »

Comment of the Day: When did national security become a partisan issue?

Chaff wrote

How did our national security become such a partisan issue?

In comparison, the opposition in Australia have just been quick to acknowledge that some things are more important than scoring political hits. Don’t Cunliffe and Norman sit on the security committee?

Our PM isn’t protecting a ‘Nat Government’, he is protecting THE Government, all 120 something politicians of all stripes, and rebutting the accusations that have been levelled against THE Government.

I agree that questions can and should be asked, but one of the ways we protect our national security is to ensure bipartisan consensus. If the incumbent government had to rush through some legislative changes to protect NZ then fine, now let the bipartisan security committee manage the issues over time.

People are letting their growing hatred of the incumbent leadership of NZ cloud their judgement, which appears to me to simply be an inevitable polarisation the longer one party stays in power. There is certainly an ‘it’s our turn’ mentality built into the Westminster system, so this is almost
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Dirty politics derangement syndrome – Wendyl Nissen

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Better grab my box of tissues. Wendyl Nissen has had a big sook in the NZ Herald about wanting to be on the side of angels.

There is a lot of crap out there currently about dirty politics and it’s getting tedious.

Self-important luvvies getting in a tizzy thinking they are important enough to actually be targeted for treatment.

Both Cactus and I confirm they were never paid by anyone to discredit Wendyl Nissen. All posts were a labour of love.

We also add it was a mighty hard task to discredit her anyway as no one discredits Wendyl in print better than Wendyl herself.

 

Wendyl Nissen says that she hasn’t bothered to read the posts on WOBH about her articles, and doesn’t want anyone else to either.

We think she should.  That’s why the team at WOBH want to be helpful for people looking to see what we and other readers have said about Wendyl Nissen’s criticism of various food products and other issues she claims to be an expert in.   Read more »