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The rise and fall of New Zealand Labour

Duncan Garner has his say

If Labour dropped one more per cent, Labour would not even get Andrew Little into Parliament.

That’s the ultimate embarrassment: when your leader doesn’t make it to Parliament.

This poll should be a major wake-up call, but it won’t be; my sources tell me no-one is planning to roll him over the summer BBQs.

Labour MPs clearly have low expectations in this caucus. They are happy for Little to take this one for the team and start again post-2017 with another duo of dancers.

But where’s the hunger and impatience for success? Where’s the frustration at the lack of cut-through?

Where’s the anger in the factions? In fact, where are the factions? Gone, is the answer.

The ‘everyman’ has been ditched in favour of this current mob. This is a narrower Labour Party, the so-called broad church has been given its marching orders.

Shane Jones is gone and desperately seeking Winston Peters and NZ First.

Phil Goff flew one-way to Auckland for another job. Clayton Cosgrove is looking for a new job and some sanity. Former Labour member Nick Leggett is poised to stand for National against his old party.

It seems to me that Labour doesn’t want the ‘everyman’ yet it wants his votes. I think Labour has lost the working bloke to NZ First and National.

They no longer identify with Little and his lightweight mob. I asked a press gallery journalist this week what was wrong with Little.

She said Little can’t explain anything, he has no charisma, he’s angry and, finally, he’s not John Key. I would add that Little fumbles and bumbles his way through interviews. Read more »

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Emery Kolb took this photo of the Hydes while at the rim. Photo: Cline Library

Emery Kolb took this photo of the Hydes while at the rim. Photo: Cline Library

The Legend of Glen & Bessie Hyde

Mystery of a newlywed couple that vanished on a boating trip in the Grand Canyon

Glen and Bessie Hyde were young, good-looking and adventurous.

But their desperation for fame cost them their lives. The Hydes vanished while rafting down the Colorado River. Their bodies were never found. The trip, ostensibly a honeymoon getaway, was really a scheme to bring them wealth and acclaim. Idaho farmer Glen Hyde and his bohemian wife Bessie almost made it. They travelled 600 miles on the Green and Colorado Rivers in a massive wooden boat called a sweep scow. The boat was found intact, still holding the couple’s food, diary, guidebook, gun, clothing and boots, just 46 miles from the mouth of the Grand Canyon. But one of the biggest-ever Grand Canyon searches failed to turn up any sign of the honeymooners.

The early days of Grand Canyon River running are riddled with disaster; by 1928 only forty-five people had managed to fully traverse the entire length of the Grand Canyon by boat. This group, comprised solely of men, accomplished their feats using traditional and modified rowboats. In 1928, newlyweds Glen and Bessie Hyde wanted to make their mark on Grand Canyon history by taking a different kind of boat, the sweep scow, down the river. What ensued in the fall and winter of 1928 became one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in Grand Canyon to this day. The “Honeymoon Couple,” as they came to be known, mysteriously disappeared on their journey in the canyon, no bodies ever surfaced, and nobody knows what happened.

It was an age of adventure and headline-making firsts. Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean just the year before. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to make the flight in June 1928.

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Is this really the greatest food in human history?


This news is going to make Pete ecstatic.

He will be able to claim that his diet, is in fact, the greatest food in human history and has scientific proof of that now.

What is “the cheapest, most nutritious and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history” Hint: It has 390 calories. It contains 23g, or half a daily serving, of protein, plus 7% of daily fiber, 20% of daily calcium and so on.

Also, you can get it in 14,000 locations in the US and it usually costs $1. Presenting one of the unsung wonders of modern life, the McDonald’s McDouble cheeseburger.

The argument above was made by a commenter on the Freakonomics blog run by economics writer Stephen Dubner and professor Steven Levitt, who co-wrote the million-selling books on the hidden side of everything.

Dubner mischievously built an episode of his highly amusing weekly podcast around the debate. Many huffy back-to-the-earth types wrote in to suggest the alternative meal of boiled lentils. Great idea. Now go open a restaurant called McBoiled Lentils and see how many customers line up.

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The Alt-Left not only exists it is already active in New Zealand

On Wednesday, the conservative-leaning advocacy group One Nation released a statement on Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

“Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Lead Alt-Left in Hijacking of Bipartisan Medical Research Bill,” the subject line read.

Wait. “Alt-left?”

You may have heard of the alt-right…

There remains plenty of disagreement about what exactly “alt-right” means, but it’s a loaded political term carrying connotations of white nationalism and even racism.

…The term isn’t brand new, but it has just now gradually worked its way into the mainstream…

…The use of the term “alt-left,” then, would seem to be a way to point out that there are also extremists on the left.


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Trumps choice for SecDef is going to scare the crap out of bad wogs everywhere

Donald Trump has confirmed that James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis is his choice for Secretary of Defence.

A look at his past and some of his beliefs/quotes should put the fear of Allah into bad wogs everywhere.

James Mattis, the retired Marine Corps general who has been tapped to be Donald Trump’s secretary of defense, is known for his earthy aphorisms — eminently quotable, often controversial observations on everything from the romanticism of war to the secret of personal success (“I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word,” he once said.)

Reporters who have followed the arc of the four-star general’s 44-year military career from the sands of Iraq to the halls of the Pentagon have dubbed his many pithy statements “Mattisisms”; his legion of admirers call him either “the Warrior Monk” or “Mad Dog.” One Mattisism — “be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet” — even made it into a popular video game.

It turns out that Mattis, whose gruff exterior masks a finely honed intellect, may have influenced the president-elect’s view on waterboarding with something of a Mattisism. Trump told The New York Times that he was “surprised” when Mattis told him he does not favor the practice.

“He said, ‘I’ve never found it to be useful,’” Trump relayed. “He said, ‘I’ve always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.’ And I was very impressed by that answer.”

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Guess who the mystery person using the 3 clues. Include in your comments how the clues relate to the mystery person

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Rotorua shuts down shake damaged building


The category 1-listed historic place suffered damage in the 7.8-magnitude quake on November 14 and was closed as a precaution after engineers found cracks.

Engineers have said the museum, housed in the Tudor-style Bath House in Government Gardens, needs to remain closed until the full picture of the damage emerges.

Around 20 staff will lose their jobs and will be offered redundancy or the option of other roles with the Rotorua Lakes Council or local tourism operators.

A report from the engineers is expected in April but museum director Stewart Brown said the building which draws thousands of visitors a year would close indefinitely. Read more »