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Twitter users don’t want anything changed: please keep running it at a loss

Most Twitter enthusiasts are actually the major reason why the platform is dying. ..that and the fact it doesn’t make any money.

It is full of bullies and nasty people, mostly left wing, all claiming outrage on an almost daily basis on the cause of the day.

Now they are upset that Twitter is wanting to make changes and they are outraged at the suggestion.

The hashtag #RIPTwitter became the top trending US item on Twitter after a report from BuzzFeed said the company is planning to change how it displays users’ tweets.

The BuzzFeed report, which went live on Friday night and did not disclose the source of its information, said the social media platform will reorder tweets to prioritize those it believes more users will want to see. Currently, Twitter arranges tweets in chronological order.

The response to the news on Twitter was overwhelmingly negative, with the hashtag #RIPTwitter suggesting many users of the micro-blogging site believe the changes would mean the death of the company.

Many users were upset that tweets from accounts with fewer followers could possibly be suppressed under the new system. Others complained that the changes would make Twitter too much like Facebook, which arranges content through the use of an algorithm.   Read more »

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Nationalise EFTPOS?

Winston Peters sometimes has some really stupid things to say.

This one takes the cake though…he wants to nationalise EFTPOS.

Following the latest EFTPOS outage, New Zealand First is calling on the Reserve Bank to purchase EFTPOS processor, Paymark, which is reportedly on the market.

“Most people don’t realise that the clearing houses behind New Zealand’s electronic banking system are both overseas owned,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“In 2013, ANZ sold EFTPOS New Zealand to American giant Verifone for $70m, while overseas owned ANZ, ASB, BNZ and Westpac want to sell off Paymark.    Read more »

Trump gets it: “We’re like living in medieval times”

United Press International/1968

United Press International/1968

US Republican White House front-runner Donald Trump says he would be open to harsh measures to deal with the threat from Islamic State, including going beyond the controversial interrogation tactic known as waterboarding.In an interview on ABC’s This Week programme, Trump discussed reviving the tactic and implementing other interrogation techniques, pointing to the recent beheadings of Christians in the Middle East as evidence of the need for stronger interrogation methods for suspected operatives of extremist groups.

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The three stages of Jihad

We played this a few years ago, but it is valuable to replay it for those who haven’t yet seen it.   To understand why Islam is not compatible with western society.

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One in four Germans happy to shoot illegals at the border

The face of "far right" politics in Germany

The face of “far right” politics in Germany

If it’s one in four today, it will be two in four later this year.

The Alternative for Germany (AFD) party leader Frauke Petry caused a storm a week ago when she advocated the right of border police to gun down migrants. But her comments have struck a nerve in a country being pushed to the brink by the crisis with 29 per cent of respondents in a weekend poll backing her extremist plan. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Fewer Kiwi kids get hurt. Is this a good thing?

Child safety advocates are hailing the reduction in child deaths and hospital admissions from unintentional injuries, but say much more must be done to protect children.

A just-released report says that on average, about 80 children a year up to age 14 die from unintentional injuries. In the latest reported year, 2013, there were 38 deaths, down from 126 in 1989.

Hospital admissions for non-fatal unintentional injuries peaked in 1995 for this age group, with 11,006 patients, and by 2014 this had declined to 7290.

Deaths and non-fatal unintentional injuries have declined for most causes including motor-vehicle crashes and this is in line with the long-term decline in the road toll from its peak in the early 1970s.

An analysis by Safekids Aotearoa, the Starship hospital’s child safety unit, shows that the annual per-capita rate of unintentional-injury deaths declined between 2001 and 2010, from 10.5, to 8.5, for every 100,000 children.

On the face of it that’s good news. I mean, any death is unwanted. But it does come against a backdrop of kids who hardly see the outside world between school and home.  Read more »

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