They won’t be killing anymore Israeli teenagers

The IDF has found the terrorists responsible for the kidnapping and killing of 3 Israeli teenagers.

Terrorists Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha were targeted overnight by ISA and IDF security forces in an operation to apprehend them. After the terrorists opened fire on Israeli forces, the suspects were killed, ending a three month long manhunt.

Overnight, security forces carried out an operation to apprehend Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha – the Hamas terrorists responsible for the abduction and murder of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel. With the help of precise intelligence and coordination between the IDF and ISA, the suspects were located in Hebron.   Read more »

Otago Trougher playing dirty politics

Sometimes you really have to wonder about Twitter and how nasty it really gets, particularly by troughers who believe everything in Dirty Politics

But then we saw this exchange on Twitter this morning

You may recall that the Taxpayers Union slammed the sugar tax lobbyists in February after the Fizz2030 group falsely claimed official endorsement from the Health Research Council of NZ.

Part of the Fizz2030 group is Otago University academic Lisa Te Morenga. Like many others, she seems to think Twitter is a place to rant and abuse people rather than stating a position.

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Removing saturated fat from our diet has resulted in a major rise in our consumption of carbohydrates

Health advocates have kicked off one of the largest obesity problems ever encountered by deciding that fat was bad.  Especially saturated fat.   We’re slowly learning that was a bad move.

Many of us still automatically pick up the skimmed milk rather than the full-fat in the supermarket, or choose low-fat spreads instead of butter.

Such shopping habits are the result of decades of official advice to cut back on foods containing saturated fats because they clog our arteries and raise the risk of heart attack.

But recently there have been the rumblings of a dietary revolution, with claims that saturated fat has been unfairly demonised.

Not only has swapping to skimmed milk and similar products done little to halt the rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes, but major scientific trials have acquitted saturated fat of responsibility for heart disease.

In the past week, Swedish researchers found that eating full-fat dairy products slashed the risk of type 2 diabetes.

We’ve even introduced Type-2 diabetes by forcing people onto, what turns out to be, unbalanced diets.   Read more »

Major changes to New Zealand domain names – .nz is coming!

 

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Major changes to New Zealand domain names – .nz is coming!

unnamed-1There have been some pretty big changes to the world of Internet addresses this year. New domains such as .xyz, .club, and .sex have now been released, meaning that people don’t have to worry so much if they missed out on their dream .com domain. Some of the biggest changes for Kiwi internet users have been the introduction of .Kiwi, and the even more important .nz. And OnlyDomains.com is here to help guide you through what this means both for people looking to register a new domain, and the 200,000 Kiwis who have already registered a New Zealand country code domain.

Up until now, kiwi websites had to have two levels, or two parts between the first dot and the end of the address – like whaleoil.CO.nz, or whaleoil.NET.nz. Now website owners have a choice and can skip the second level and go straight to the .nz – whaleoil.nz for example.

This new top-level country code for New Zealand is being released on September 30th and OnlyDomains.com has all of the answers for those affected. For people who have already registered a second-level domain such as .net.nz or .co.nz, your existing domain will put you in one of two categories:

Preferential Registration or Reservation (PRR)

This gives existing second-level domain registrants the right to register or reserve the matching top-level domain. For example, as the registrant of whaleoil.co.nz I can now go and register or reserve whaleoil.nz. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Loving the headlines at the moment

After four weeks straight of me being the headlines I’m loving the ones at the moment.

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Map of the Day

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The Mercator projection really, really, distorts things.  Here is the comparison of Greenland versus Africa.

 

John Armstrong’s ‘Moment of Struth’ column was dead right

John Armstrong, I thought, had his moments during the campaign, losing the plot several times and abandoning his normally objective view of politics.

Let’s reprise his column of September 17, just three days before the election where he predicted there would be a back lash against Kim Dotcom and the left wing who embraced and invested in his conspiracy theories.

Hell hath no fury like a voter who feels he or she has been treated like a fool.

The political left was already paying a heavy price at this election for displaying the characteristics which leave voters stone cold – namely disunity, political incompetence and not a little arrogance.

The left may now pay an even bigger price on Saturday thanks to Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth evaporating into a Moment of Struth – as in “struth, was that all he had to reveal” after months of squashing much else far more worthy of debate out of the political picture.

So robust was Dotcom’s evidence of prime ministerial untruths supposed to be that it would sink John Key faster than the Bismarck. Instead it is Dotcom who is now facing a backlash for failing to deliver.

So far, that backlash is confined to media who have been strung along for months. Voters may be more tolerant – but only up to a point. They take objection to being hoodwinked.

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“News”: people vote with their wallets

Christchurch people appear to vote with their wallets.

The Press compared the party vote for each Christchurch polling booth to the level of poverty in the area.

The results broadly show that Labour won the party vote in poor suburbs stretching northeast from Sydenham to New Brighton, while National won the party vote in areas like Fendalton and the Port Hills.

Analysis of how people voted in areas with different poverty levels shows National picked up about 60 per cent of their Christchurch support in the city’s more affluent areas, compared to 42 per cent for Labour and 54 per cent for the Green Party.

National attracted about 25 per cent of their Christchurch vote from the city’s poorer suburbs, compared to 43 per cent for Labour.

University of Canterbury political science Alex Tan said the battleground for votes was in middle-class suburbs populated by swing voters.

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Hone Harawira happy with his choices

Feel like having your gob smacked?  Well, this is the story to do it.  Hone is comfortable with his choices around the Mana / Dotcom / Internet Party debacle.

… last night [Hone] told Campbell Live he wasn’t yet ready to say whether he had any regrets about tying his fortunes to Dotcom – a move that was widely regarded as having cost him his seat.

“That too I guess is something that I want to have a longer talk with Laila about and I’ll save those comments until after that. I owe Laila that, I owe Kim that.

“So I’m just holding off on those comments until after I’ve had that korero, that’s the right thing to do. I haven’t had the chance to catch up with Kim and I need to have a korero one on one so I look forward to that.”

He said he hadn’t seen Dotcom’s speech on Saturday in which the controversial internet entrepreneur apologised to him for costing him his seat by associating his “damaged brand” with Mana.

“Honestly, I feel really comfortable about the work that we’ve done and in the end when it became obvious that a whole lot of other parties were just standing against poor little old me, [it] became obvious that we weren’t going to be able to pull that off.”

Little old me?  Spare me.   Read more »