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Obligatory cat video (to help ISIS)


Today’s Trivia




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?


In WW2 a seriously damaged B-17 was escorted home by a Luftwaffe Messerschmitt. The two pilots became fishing buddies. (source)


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Gary Larson’s Tales from the Dark Side

The tried to turn it into a cartoon. ¬†It was the one and only time. ¬†It kind of did ok, but it didn’t really translate to a moving medium.

Gary Larson’s Tales From The Far Side by Arsene-desbois


Norwegians on Helium = minions


Daily roundup


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The Green Taliban cost us the blunt end of a Billion dollars, and counting…

That ‘nice’ Mr Norman and his Labour sidekicks¬†cost this country a fair amount of money

Of all the MPs who might have asked awkward questions about National’s state asset sales programme, few would have guessed it would be the leader of the party which would have happily sold the lot.

A year to the day since the NZX debut of Meridian, the largest of the partial sales, ACT leader David Seymour delivered his first question in the House on Wednesday, with the pace of a 13-year-old giving a reading he couldn’t wait to be over.

But in asking about the rising share prices of the former state-owned electricity companies, he raised an issue which every other politician now seems unwilling to ask out loud.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been accrued by investors since the sales, especially since start of September.

The issue deserves another public hearing, as since it became clearer that National would govern again, those who purchased the shares have seen their investments boom, as the market reassesses what they are worth under John Key.

Seymour meant to make an attack on just the Opposition for its attempts to undermine the sales through the threat of regulation, NZ Power. Instead he raised a wider point.

How much did the political folly – from both sides of the House – cost the taxpayers, who as Seymour pointed out, will have to make up the difference?

Well, we lost a cool bil in actual sale income for the government to use to, oh, I don’t know, assist with housing or child poverty,say. ¬†And all the investors that were scared away lost out on earning their share of the gains. ¬†Gains that are now going to the very institutional investors that the Green Taliban wanted to prevent getting fat at the expense of every day mum and dad investors. ¬† Read more »

The month that was (monthly blog ranking post)

Another month done and dusted.  After the crazy wild ride of the election, it was both nice and odd to have things quieten down.   From the perspective of someone like me who likes every month to be bigger than the one before, it was a bit tough to see the numbers come back.

School holidays are always softer.  Daylight savings always has an effect.  Long weekends also chew some of our stats  away.  Add that to the general fatigue around the media (just check the media and other blogs Рall show similar decline), and October was always going to be a tough month to keep the graph pointing up.

In the end, 2,000,000 visits is hardly something to be upset about, but my “4 million pageviews by Christmas” is looking a little hopeful – being a good 800,000 short.

Cam’s been talking me off a ledge all month. ¬†“Wait until the other side of Dirty Politics starts coming out”, he says. ¬†There seems to be a lot of background noise as to who Rawshark is since John Key stated he knows. ¬†I suspect your, and our, rest period maybe over soon as all the (political/media) pus will be lanced from that particular boil.

So the good news for both of us is that you’re going to have a good show again, and I’ll get to click the visit counter as you come through the doors.

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Does John Drinnan actually read what he writes?

John Drinnan is a fool.

His latest column mentions the decision b the Press Council to open up membership finally to online media.

This is interesting because in current proceedings before the Human Rights Review Tribunal I have¬†told I can’t be a journalist because i’m not a member of a voluntary regime like the Press Council, but the lawyer ignored the problem that until last week I couldn’t possibly join because their constitution wouldn’t allow it.

I also had to battle that premise int eh High Court, but fortunately Justice Asher saw through that attempt, not so you would know it from the perspective of the Human Rights Commission.

The idea of expanding the Press Council’s reach has been around for years and was given a boost after the Law Commission suggested digital media should join a combined media standards organisation, in return for receiving legal protections available to journalists. Then Justice Minister Judith Collins – a close friend of Slater – quashed that plan.

However the Press Council has since gone ahead with a scheme to represent digital media and blogs under its own steam, and that was unveiled this week.

But the ethics of bloggers and the media in general have come under deep scrutiny since Dirty Politics was published. Neville said it was clear in Press Council rules that publishers could not be paid for editorial.

“There is a grey area now with so-called native advertising, which is meant to be quality journalism which stacks up on its journalistic merits, even though it is sympathetic to one party.”

There were questions about whether the Press Council should have jurisdiction over native content, or if that should be covered by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager said the Press Council was getting into complex waters judging digital media on the basis of individuals rather than articles, and deciding whether they were journalism or not.

“My fear would be what could happen is that unscrupulous blogs could be given credibility but not end up with any accountability.

“Sometimes people are publishing public relations, and sometimes journalism,” he said.

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