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Giant mirrors are fixed over the mountains in Rjukan town, Norway, to bring the sunglight back to the Rjukan town. (Source)

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Lefty whingers are upset about Clarkson and co going to Amazon Prime

James Delingpole outlines the anger in the left over the sacked Top Gear trio scoring an absolute mint from Amazon for their new show.

The Guardian‘s readership have been giving their views on whether they’d pay £79 a year – $99 in the US – for a subscription which gave them exclusive access to Amazon Prime Instant Video’s new £160 million recruits – former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Can you guess how the Guardianistas feel about all this?

Yes. That’s right. Here are a few sample comments.

As long as I am no longer paying to not watch them I am happy!

I wouldn’t watch them if you paid ME.

I’ve watched a few episodes and I can honestly say such patronising, racially and culturally offensive, technologically ill-informed and uniformative light entertainment has made me reassess my opinion of Benny Hill. He was a genius; Richard and Jeremy aren’t, and James May is one of the nastiest bigots I’ve ever seen on TV…

Arguably, Hammond is mentally around 14, in awe of being able to hang around with older boys and Clarkson is living out his days in the body and mind of 120-year-old Colonel.

Clarkson likes to boast about being the biggest car show in the world, well he can’t anymore can he? How many people actually have amazon prime? 11, 12? Good luck coping with nobody paying any attention whatsoever guys!

Can you add a tickable box that says “I’d rather stick hot pins in my eyes”? Ta.

That’ll be a no then. (Well sort of: a quite surprising 47 per cent of those polled admitted – no doubt through gritted teeth – that actually the old Top Gear team would be worth the money).

Which is, of course, one of many things that is so thoroughly, deliciously gratifying about this remarkable surprise deal that Clarkson’s producer (and schoolmate: they were at Repton together) Andy Wilman has managed to pull off.

It is a defiant two fingers to all those progressives who would like to think there is no place in broadcasting for overgrown public schoolboys who rejoice in the size of their enormous, throbbing carbon footprints, see nothing wrong in describing a dodgy-looking motor as being “pikey” and who regularly get themselves into hot water with their disgracefully xenophobic views on the silliness of foreigners.  

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The mendacities of Paul Little

A newspaper really does have a long list of columnists and journalists who like to deceive.

Paul Little is no stranger to deception, though he usually prefers to be on his knees in the living room. But his column on Sunday was a travesty, with levels of deceit we are becoming more accustomed to in that newspaper.

Lindsay Mitchell calls him out.

This is why we have a mislead, resentment-fueled populace – or segment of. Lies.

From Paul Little in the HOS:

 …as we have long known the tax burden falls disproportionately on those of limited means, who are also likelier to be poor, as the gap between richest and poorest widens, partly due to measures such as the TPP.

Many poor and even middle income people effectively pay no tax.

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Even if he did say it, so what?

John Key is disputing the claims of the little scrote who is saying Keys’ comments made a girl cry.

The Prime Minister disputes a teenager’s claims that he said a Maori language month would be “boring”.

John Key was alleged to have made the comment, which “upset and embarrassed” a 16-year-old girl when he visited a school assembly at Waiuku College in South Auckland, last week.

“I did not say that,” he told TVNZ.

“I’m pretty perplexed by this story. It was a very straight answer, I was asked if it should be a month or a week and I said, look I think it should stay a week and gave a really detailed, quite thorough answer.”   Read more »

Why are we surprised that Winston resorts to racism?

Winston Peters always plays the race card. It’s also obvious that he is miffed that it is Labour who has playing his cards lately.

What is a racist old bigot to do?

Well, ramp it up of course.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has defended embattled Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, saying he is partly qualified for the job because he is Samoan.

Mr Peters made the comments after his keynote speech at the NZ First conference in Rotorua, in which he returned to well-trodden ground by taking aim at current levels of immigration.

In an off-script comment, he attacked Social Development Minister Anne Tolley as entirely unqualified for her previous role of Education Minister.

He was asked by reporters afterwards why he did not criticise the qualifications of other ministers such as Mr Lotu-Iiga, under the gun after incidents of violence at Mt Eden prison, which is run by British company Serco.    Read more »