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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?

A dog named Greyfriars Bobby in Scotland sat by his owner’s grave for 14 years until he eventually passed away. (Source)

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Question: Who writes the “news”?


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Daily Roundup

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Council Compact City plan for affordable housing in tatters

Auckland Council officers must be sweating bricks because the holy grail of their compact city plan – apartments – are experiencing sky rocketing price rises.

Auckland apartment prices have hit an all-time high, up almost 32 per cent in a year.

Data from realestate.co.nz out this morning showed a new average asking price of $660,000 for Auckland apartments, up 31.5 per cent since November last year and almost twice as much as the price rise for Auckland houses, which rose 16.8 per cent annually.

Brendon Skipper, realestate.co.nz chief executive, said prices had been rising steadily since 2013.   Read more »

Whaleoil is going strong


Been a while since I’ve run one of these, and people are always asking, so here’s an update.   As you can see, last month was nice enough.  With no major controversies involving Whaleoil, we’re ticking along evenly.  But that’s on the good end.  There is also a bad end.   Read more »

Is NZ too dumb for news?

In an interesting article at Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi sifts through US politics to arrive at the problem with modern news media.

This is a horrible thing to have to say about one’s own country, but this story makes it official. America is now too dumb for TV news.

It’s our fault. We in the media have spent decades turning the news into a consumer business that’s basically indistinguishable from selling cheeseburgers or video games. You want bigger margins, you just cram the product full of more fat and sugar and violence and wait for your obese, over-stimulated customer to come waddling forth.

The old Edward R. Murrow, eat-your-broccoli version of the news was banished long ago. Once such whiny purists were driven from editorial posts and the ad people over the last four or five decades got invited in, things changed. Then it was nothing but murders, bombs, and panda births, delivered to thickening couch potatoes in ever briefer blasts of forty, thirty, twenty seconds.

What we call right-wing and liberal media in this country are really just two different strategies of the same kind of nihilistic lizard-brain sensationalism. The ideal CNN story is a baby down a well, while the ideal Fox story is probably a baby thrown down a well by a Muslim terrorist or an ACORN activist. Both companies offer the same service, it’s just that the Fox version is a little kinkier.    Read more »