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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?

America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer who set forth the then revolutionary concept that the lands that Christopher Columbus sailed to in 1492 were part of a separate continent. (Source)

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This is how you deal with social justice warriors

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That’s the spot

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Finally I’ve found something that does eat cats

The other week I posted a photo on Facebook of a cat that I ironed out with a .22-250. That little 40gr Hordany varmint round had torn its head right off.

People were outraged…some defriended me, one person threatened to punch my face in.

We left the cat lying in a paddock and nothing touched it. The hawks ate the hare and the rabbit we shot but nothing touched the cat. I’ve never seen anything eat a cat until today.

Cat owners have been warned of the dangers their feline companions face when venturing outdoors after video emerged of bald eagles feasting on the body of a dead cat near Pittsburgh.

Footage from a live web camera mounted at the Hays bald eagle nest, located a few miles from the center of Pittsburgh, showed the eagles serving up the cat to hungry eaglets. Concerned cat owners bombarded the local Audubon Society about why the eagles had preyed upon the cat. Read more »

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Maybe the grip is too tight

Nick Grant at NBR writes about the luvvies outrage over a NEWS READER leaving her job of 23 years.

I have three words in response to the hysterical pitch of many reports about broadcaster Hilary Barry’s resignation from MediaWorks.

Get. A. Grip.

Possibly the most risible headline relating to Ms Barry’s “shock” departure was splashed across the New Zealand Herald’s homepage.

“Can TV3 survive Hilary Barry’s departure?” it breathlessly asked.

Yes, of course, it will.

Precisely. And doesn’t Duncan Grieve, Matt Nippert and David Fisher all look stupid today as Mark Weldon continues in his job and the staff haven’t all had an insurrection. I mean think about it…where would they all go if they all jacked it in…there are only so many places at TVNZ, and Sky is bare bones, and that leaves the life-boat at Radio NZ. It is a small market and they are essentially trapped. So they can whinge and moan to their luvvie mates all they like nothing is going to happen.   Read more »

Guest Post – Reform or Recline?

Politics is forever the dichotomy between doing what is popular and what is needful.  The old saying that turkeys do not vote for an early Christmas is so true.  For the leaders that thrive on being popular, polling has become their crutch.  They can sway with the lightest of breezes weaving through an election cycle with the most positive of polls.  The politicians who like to reform and see their election as a mandate to “do something” are far and few between.  You could name our reformers on the fingers of one hand.

Reformers need a window of opportunity.  They need a set of circumstances that create the chance to swing their axe without having to stop and check their rear vision mirror.  Muldoon very ably set up such a window for Douglas to have three or four years of axe swinging.  We still bemoan the infamous ‘cup of tea’ but in reality Douglas and Prebble had more time to wrestle their changes through than most reformers have had through history.  Douglas said on many occasions reforms needed to be exacted quickly even if a little dirty or lacking final refinement.

Reality is that the big majority of us hate change.  We get comfort from the status quo even if we know full well that it is underperforming. The other obvious problem is that for every failure there is roughly the same number of solutions as there are voters.    Read more »

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