No frangers, 100% effective and increases libido: Sounds like a win/win/win situation to me

Any contraceptive solution that doesn’t require frangers, is 100% effective AND increases your libido sounds like a miracle, too good to be true.

A contraceptive injection for men has been shown to be almost 100 per cent effective, and may also increase libido.

The hormone-based jab is designed to lower sperm counts by acting on the brain’s pituitary gland.

Over a year-long trial, nearly 96 per cent of couples relying on the injection to prevent unplanned pregnancies found it to be effective. During this time, only four pregnancies occurred among the men’s partners.

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Arsehole or introvert?

There is a great article at New Yorker about arseholes…who aren’t, they’re introverts.

It certainly resonates with me.

I can be loud at times, and I’m not shy, so a lot of people assume that I’m an extrovert. But I’m not. I’m an introvert. When I explain this to people, they ask me, “Well, if you’re such an introvert, why are you talking to a group of strangers in an elevator? This is a social interaction that you initiated and could have easily avoided.” I don’t answer them. I just shake my head at how misunderstood the word “introvert” is these days.

For example, people think that if you’re an introvert, you don’t like parties. But, under the right circumstances, I actually do like parties. I find that the right amount of partying is to do so only on weekends or the funner weekdays (notTuesday) or whenever I’m in the mood to party. That being said, once I’m at a party, you won’t find me introducing myself to people, or thanking the host for having me, or going out of my way to show an interest in what someone else wants to talk about if it’s not me and my life, or any of that other extrovert stuff.   Read more »

DOC wants to charge us to walk in our own back yard

It may be time to start charging for the use of the country’s Great Walks, Department of Conservation director-general Lou Sanson says.

Foreign tourists could pay $100 and New Zealanders $40 to cope with a huge increase in trampers – especially overseas travellers – and their effect on the environment, he suggested.

Sanson said the country’s Great Walks brand had “exploded” but this popularity had created some problems.

A report prepared 18 months ago said 30 per cent of international visitors came to New Zealand to connect with nature. That figure was now 50 per cent.

As tourism numbers increased to New Zealand, it was important to protect the country’s point of difference – its natural environment. In March, he took the United States ambassador to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – a 19.4km one-day trek between the Mangatepopo Valley and Ketatahi Rd in the North Island.

“Every time we stopped we were surrounded by 40 people. That is not my New Zealand.

We have got to work this stuff out – these are the real challenges,” Sanson told the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce yesterday.

On the Routeburn Track numbers were increasing by 10 per cent annually, with 70 per cent of the users coming from overseas.

Introducing differential charges on the Great Walks was one potential mechanism to alleviate pressure.

For true Kiwis, being charged to go for a walk on public land rubs the wrong way.  Especially since our taxes have paid for the amenities having been built and maintained to date.   Read more »

Electric heavy vehicles won’t have to pay road user charges

Heavy electric vehicles will be exempt from road user charges under a bill the government has introduced to parliament.

It’s the latest move in Transport Minister Simon Bridges’ campaign to encourage people to switch to EVs.

Light vehicles already receive favourable treatment.

He says the EV programme is shifting its focus to transport, and heavy electric-powered vehicles will be exempt from road user charges until they make up two per cent of the national fleet.

Mr Bridges wants councils to start thinking about ways to encourage the use of EVs, and says allowing them to be driven in special vehicle lanes is the single most effective non-financial incentive on offer.

“This is evident in places like Norway and California,” he said. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Women’s Rights are universal but do Western Feminists’ actions match their words?

Western feminists say that women’s rights are universal but their actions indicate that they are only interested in Muslim women’s rights if they live in a Western country and even then they are very selective about which rights they are prepared to speak up about. They become outraged when Muslim women are told to dress like French women in France but have no interest in Muslim women being forced to dress like Fundamentalist Muslims in Iran.

Even worse than this disinterest in the plight of Muslim women overseas is the sad fact that many feminists will turn on anyone who does have the courage to make a stand on these issues. Western feminist Nazi Paikidze made a stand for the Muslim women of Iran and was smeared as an anti-Muslim bigot by her fellow feminists.

At a conference for Women in Secularism 

Maryam Namazie outlined the absolutely heart-wrenching situation for women in Iran—a situation that gets zero traction from the same media outlets that flooded our news feeds with condemnation of the Burkini Ban.  Why are we so outraged when women are told what to wear in France, but we ignore the same situation in Saudi, Iran, Somalia, Afghanistan, etc? Why are the women in France more valuable than the women in MENA? Where is the outrage? Where are our allies?

We will fight for your freedom to wear what you want…but not if you’re in the Muslim world

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Map of the Day


The best and worst countries in the world for making friends

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Cops doing a top job

It’s the bi-annual ‘beat the police with the ICPA stick’ time again

Nearly 300 complaints have been upheld against New Zealand Police officers for failures in criminal investigations, unlawful use of force, dangerous driving and privacy breaches, says a new report.

Of the 1417 allegations against police staff investigated the first nine months of this year, 286 – or 20 per cent – were upheld, according to the police’s Professional Conduct Statistics.

The statistics, released quarterly, show there have been 2960 allegations made against police, but only 1417 of those investigated so far.

The allegations stemmed from 2014 incidents, for which the complaints are grouped into 11 categories of allegations.

The reports shows that the most complaints made and upheld related to the category of “service failure”, defined as police’s delivery of service in criminal investigations, giving victims adequate support and officers’ roles in court proceeding.

There was 1038 reports of allegations in this group, and with 879 of those investigations completed, 158 were upheld.

When broken down further, figures show there was 64 complaints upheld for inadequate service, 33 for failures in an investigation and eight for failures in a prosecutions. There was also 17 failures to notify or inform a victim or offender, and 13 failures to attend an official proceeding.

It pays to note how many complaints are not upheld.   Read more »

Duco goes down with a T-KO trying to sponge off the New Zealand taxpayer

Joseph Parker’s promoters Duco Events have withdrawn their application for government funding for his WBO heavyweight title fight against Andy Ruiz Jr.

Duco boss Dean Lonergan says there is now ‘an 80 percent chance’ the fight will take place outside of New Zealand.

The decision increases the odds the fight will take place in the USA with Las Vegas or Dallas tipped as likely venues. Los Angeles is another option as it’s the hometown of Mexican-born Ruiz.

Auckland’s Eden Park, Mt Smart Stadium and Vector Arena have all been slated as possible venues in New Zealand.

Lonergan says they have until November 5 to finalise a venue in New Zealand. The fight is set to take place on December 10. Read more »

Why NZME make me sick


Today the NZ Herald, owned by NZME has splashed a story about a radio host from the competing Mediaworks stable all over their website…it is also pushed out via their gossip site Spy.

That radio host is clearly suffering a major depressive episode, and as a fellow sufferer of depression, I know precisely what she is going through. The last thing she needs is the gutless wankers at the NZ Herald prying into her private life.

But their actions stand in stark contrast to the rather glowing eulogies they are handing out right now to one of their own.

So…here’s the thing.

The guy who was found in a pool of piss, shit and vomit in a hotel in Cambodia after a long bender on opiates and meth apparently deserves respect and care. Everything is glossed over. They go on about how he was a caring Dad and husband…blah, blah, blah.

But then they go and kick the shit out of someone clearly suffering a massive depressive episode, all of a sudden their pretense of care and love is out the window in the name of clickbait headlines and attacking the opposition media organisation.

They should get their own house in order. They need to realise that their staff aren’t pure…from the top down.   Read more »