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From Maps without New Zealand:


“Another Risk board. Nobody ever wants to play with us.”


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Want to live longer? Sleep naked (secrets within)

Sometimes the truth must out.

Turns out those people that sleep in the nud are getting all sorts of health benefits, apart from leaving marks everywhere.

One in three adults sleeps in the nude, according to an international study by the U.S. National Sleep Foundation, and it’s been shown to have all sorts of benefits.

Here, experts reveal how ditching pyjamas could improve your sleep quality, boost your relationship and may even help burn calories.

But wait, there’s more!  (Sorry, no Ginsu knives)

Sleep experts agree it’s important to keep cool at night as your body (or ‘core’) temperature needs to drop by about half a degree for you to fall asleep.

The brain, driven by your internal body clock, sends messages to the blood vessels to open up and release heat.

‘Your core temperature is at its highest at 11pm and its lowest at 4am,’ says Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre and author of Sound Asleep: The Expert Guide To Sleeping Well.

‘If anything prevents that decline in temperature, the brain will wake itself up to see what’s going on, meaning you’ll struggle to get to sleep or you’ll have disturbed sleep.

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For someone who claims to be smart he sure looks like he is dumber than a bag of hammers

Kim Dotcom is forever claiming that he invented this or that…the reality is far from ti, usually he is the used car salesman pimping the good idea as his own.

But for someone who claims he is smarter than most he sure acts as dumb as a bag of hammers.

Kim Dotcom has spoken out about his long battle over copyright with the US government and his regrets about the events that have led to his arrest ahead of his bail breach hearing on Thursday that could see him return to jail in New Zealand.

“Would I have done things differently? Of course. My biggest regret is I didn’t take the threat of the copyright law and the MPAA seriously enough,” Dotcom said via live video link from his mansion in Auckland, New Zealand at the Unbound Digital conference in London on Tuesday.

“I thought that due to court decisions we were monitoring from our competitors like RapidShare who did exactly what we did and were winning in civil court proceedings, and YouTube was winning against Viacom – our sense was that we were protected by the DMCA law.

“We never for a minute thought that anyone would bring any criminal actions against us. We had in-house legal counsel, we had three outside firms working for us who reviewed our sites, and not once had any of them mentioned any form of legal risk, so I wish I had known that there was a risk.”

Sounds like his in-house lawyers were tits and the three external firms weren’t much better. Of course given Dotcom’s history with bill paying they probably have ended up working for free…and you get the advice you pay for.

“The US government has taken all my assets up until the raid in all jurisdictions and after I invested money into the Internet Party, the MPAA sued me civilly to try to seize those assets too, so I’m officially broke right now.”

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Kim Dotcom broke, whining like a baby about it too

Kim Dotcom is crying a river of tears because he is broke…though I note he hasn’t yet moved out of his rented mansion.

Business Insider reports:

German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has acknowledged that he has run out of money after spending over $US10 million on legal costs.

Speaking through a Skype call at the unBound Digital conference in London, Dotcom said his three-year legal fight could be coming to an end. “My legal team resigned after I ran out of money,” Dotcom said. “I spent $US10 million to defend myself. They have drained all my resources.”

In times past this was referred to as a ‘forlorn hope’. Recklessly charging ahead despite overwhleming odds, hoping for a miracle.

He wouldn’t have such massive legal bills if he had only just hopped on a plan to the US and cleared his name. He has claimed innocence yet acts like a guilty crook.

Dotcom said the appearance could be his last public interview, because he suspected that the New Zealand government could use his lack of funds to revoke his bail Thursday during his next bail hearing.

“I’m an easy target because of my flamboyant lifestyle,” he said. “It’s hard to keep a low profile when you have number plates with ‘GOD’ and ‘STONED’ on them. Also, I’m German, and Hollywood loves German Bond villains.”

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Photo Of The Day

 Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS. 07 Jun 1960, New York City, New York State, USA --- Getting some extra spring in her step, "Victoria,"a giant red kangaroo, displays perfect forms as she bounces on a trampoline at Yonker, New York. Trying to outbounce her is George Nissen, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, developer of the equipment that's shaking them both up.

Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS.
07 Jun 1960, New York City, New York State, USA — Getting some extra spring in her step, “Victoria,”a giant red kangaroo, displays perfect forms as she bounces on a trampoline at Yonker, New York. Trying to outbounce her is George Nissen, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, developer of the equipment that’s shaking them both up.


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The House Today #nzqt

Question time/Questions for oral answer starts at 2 pm today.

Questions to Ministers

  1. TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the latest trends in savings levels by New Zealand households?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that parts of the Gwyn Report are “highly contested”; if so, which parts are contested and by whom?
  3. NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Social Housing: What progress is Housing New Zealand making on rebuilding and repairing properties damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes?
  4. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with Judith Collins that Cameron Slater “manufactured a story and he wanted to believe it” and the findings of the Chisholm Inquiry that Cameron Slater is “prone to exaggeration”?
  5. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on progress on the National Health Targets? Read more »

Chisholm Report: The Lies and Smears of Fran O’Sullivan Part II

Following on from Part I is examination of Fran O’Sullivan’s now infamously silly second column about witnesses yet to even be interviewed titled “We need to know who tried to fit up SFO Boss” where she writes:

I believe he could start by requiring Odgers, Graham and Slater to say just who paid them for apparently trying to fit up Feeley.

And why they obliged.

Here is what Justice Chisholm said – Mark Hotchin did not pay for anyone to “fit up Feeley”:

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Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Green Taliban true to form: votes against anti-terror legislation


Russel Norman and his band of misguided men and women have made the pointless move of being the only ones to vote against the new terror legislation last night.

The Government’s anti-terrorist bill has passed its first reading in Parliament.

Labour cautiously supported it and the Greens stood alone against it.

The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill has been sent to a select committee after a 107 to 14 first reading vote – but there won’t be much time for the public to have a say.

The Government wants it back in Parliament by December 2 and passed into law by Christmas.

It’s designed to stop New Zealanders leaving to fight with Islamic State extremists in the Middle East.

Some already have, and there are concerns about the danger they could pose if they return.

The bill will allow the Security Intelligence Service to spy on private properties without a warrant for up to 48 hours, and passport authorities will have stronger powers to cancel travel documents.

The Green party continuously seem to be concerned about the welfare of a few dozen people suspected of wanting us to do harm.  Apart from being blatant saboteurs and traitors to our citizens, what on earth do they think they’re doing?

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Chisholm Report: The Lies And Smears of Fran O’Sullivan Part I

The Chisholm Report is very ugly for Fran O’Sullivan.

Lets take some of the allegations she has chucked around, often in a defamatory fashion in the past months:

First she said “Key Must Widen Probe

Was there a conspiracy to defeat the course of justice after the collapse of the Hanover Group of companies?

That’s the question the Government must address after the disquieting claims in relation to the attempts by the trio allegedly working for Hanover Finance to discredit the SFO and FMA and prime potential witnesses in any resulting court cases.

Ergh no…the Chisholm Report completely exonerated both Mark Hotchin and Judith Collins from discrediting anyone.  Mr Hotchin in particular was found not to have funded or had anything to do with any of the above.

A cache of emails appears to reveal that three people – Carrick Graham, who was former Hanover Finance director Mark Hotchin’s PR man, tax lawyer and blogger Cathy Odgers (aka Cactus Kate) and blogger Cameron (Whale Oil) Slater – were running campaigns apparently on behalf of Hotchin to try to discredit the SFO and the Financial Markets Authority as they investigated the failed finance company.

No.  Justice Chisholm found that no one was running campaigns “apparently on behalf of Hotchin to try to discredit” anyone.

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