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Today’s Trivia

via rowthree.com

via rowthree.com

 

Globally over a million people die via suicide every year. (source)

 

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Erm. I’m reviewing swimming in the sea…

Can’t get started…

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“Mr Ede’s mother, who did not wish to be named” – Herald go dirty

Not "Mrs Ede who does not want to be named"

Not “Mrs Ede who does not want to be named”

Meanwhile Prime Minister John Key’s former senior media adviser Jason Ede who Hager claimed had a central role in a National Party dirty tricks campaign was not returning the Herald’s calls either.

Mr Ede’s mother, who did not wish to be named, said he had not been in touch with her since Hager’s book was published.

“I don’t know anything about computer blogging, I’m in a retirement village,” the 78-year-old told the Herald yesterday. Read more »

What an insane country we live in

DanesExecution

Steal people’s private communications, make a book, get rich? -> no problem.  Be celebrated.

Don’t fill in your census form?   They’ll hunt you down and line you up for lethal injection.  (hyperbole)

Statistics New Zealand said it wrote to 450 people in July 2013 asking them to complete their census form or face prosecution.

But 99 people ignored the request and had cases filed in district courts, resulting in 46 convictions.

Census Manager Gareth Meech said most people were charged with two offences: failing to fill out the individual form, and failing to fill out the dwelling form, and received fines.

“The fines ranged between $50 and $500 per charge.

“Before prosecuting we took into consideration the type of offence, the personal circumstances of the person, and the likelihood of success.

“We also encouraged people to complete their census forms before going to court.”

Out of the 99 cases, 39 people complied with that request and subsequently their charges were withdrawn, he said.

“Prosecution is our last resort.

They were asked to do it.  Then they got a warning.  Then they STILL had a chance to avoid prosecution.

Or

Take stolen private emails and publish them on the Internet so you become and instant media hero without any sign of police or any other authority trying to track down who it is, mitigate the damage or otherwise even say “tut tut”.

 

- The reworked Stats NZ press releases was hacked from Stuff

…and now for something completely different

lego1

Someone went through the effort of making 10 digital LEGO figures of New Zealand politicians.   Over the break, the same image, but with the names in place.

Have guess, see how close you can get.  I managed 9 out of 10.  After all, the one I missed out, they all look the same, don’t they?   Read more »