Today’s Trivia

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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?

California has a larger GDP than any other country except for China, Japan, Germany and the UK. (Source)

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Sometimes CGI seems a lot easier

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The elephant hoof comb over bit

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David Seymour hopes for the impossible: Auckland doing the right thing

All eyes will be on Auckland Council tomorrow as they respond to the Independent Hearings Panel’s proposed Unitary Plan, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Prospective homebuyers have already waited too long for a workable solution to Auckland’s housing shortage,” says Mr Seymour.

“We know that homeowners in the centre of the city are not opposed to intensification and in some cases welcome it, but they have specific, and in my view legitimate, concerns over school zones and funding, congestion, and community character.

“In order to balance these issues Auckland Council will need to abandon their war on city expansion and stop banning development at the fringe.  We already have a home shortage of 32,000 so strong action is essential.

“The Council has had five years to produce a plan. The process to date has been disastrous with u-turns, flip flops, and unelected bureaucrats attempting to publicly undermine elected Councillors.

“Councillors must now take charge. If they find it all too hard, then they’ll need to step aside and allow the Government to legislate for them. Read more »

Another left wing luvvie gets funded. LOL!!!

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Anika Moa says she’s gunning for Paul Henry and Mike Hosking after getting funding approved for her very own talk show.

The Kiwi musician has been granted $641,549 of NZ On Air funding to make 10 half-hour episodes of All Talk With Anika Moa, to screen on Maori Television. Read more »

House prices predicted to drop after the general election. Yeah nah

A correction in house prices is looming as the number of homes being built reaches a record high, says economic forecaster Infometrics

It predicts house prices will continue to rise, but only until December 2017.

After that they could fall by 11 percent over the period until September 2019, particularly in the regions outside Auckland.

Infometrics chief forecaster Gareth Kiernan said despite very strong house price growth right now “you are going to get to a position where you do have an oversupply of property at the same time as population growth will be slowing”.

Earlier, Infometrics predicted that building approvals would increase rapidly, rising to about 40 percent up on current numbers by 2018. Read more »

Disabled patients sue Government

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Three intellectually disabled men are suing the Government for upwards of $100,000 each, alleging ill treatment such as warehousing, neglect and discrimination in forensic health facilities.

The three “special patients” will have their case heard in the High Court at Wellington this week, with five defendants including the Attorney-General and two district health boards accused of various human rights abuses.

All the defendants deny the claims. The men are likely to get name suppression and will not appear in court.

They have provided video statements to police interviewers.

The case, in which the men are seeking declarations of ill treatment and compensation from the Government, follows Herald investigations into conditions at secure health and disability sites this year.

These included the case of Ashley Peacock, a 38-year-old autistic man held for five years in the isolated ward of a mental health unit, and who has experienced periods of prolonged seclusion, the medical term for solitary confinement.

His living conditions – he sleeps in a seclusion room with just a mattress and a urine bottle – were recently labelled “cruel, inhuman or degrading” by Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier.

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American’s first Amendment rights violated by Social Media companies

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This month the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) under the First Amendment.

Center for Security Policy  Section 230 provides immunity from lawsuits to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, thereby permitting these social media giants to engage in government-sanctioned censorship and discriminatory business practices free from legal challenge.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Jihad Watch. The lawsuit alleges that Spencer and Geller as well as the organisations they run, have often been subject to discrimination and censorship by twitter Facebook and YouTube because of the beliefs and views they express. They believe the censorship and discrimination is because these social media organisations consider their freedom of expression to be offensive to Muslims.

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