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The SAS are going in… oh crap…

ISIS have a real problem on their hands.  Having learned how to evade fighter planes, the Brits have sent in 60 SAS to hunt down Jihadi John and his mates.

[A]  full squadron of troopers had initially been dispatched to Afghanistan for a separate operation, but have been diverted to battle Isis fanatics.

There have been reports this morning that one of their primary targets will be Jihadi John, the Briton believed to have killed British and American hostages in a series of gruesome executions.

The Sun quotes a senior Whitehall source as saying: ‘We made some good early progress against IS but they know how to avoid the jets now. The only way to defeat them is to get up close to them on the ground.

Initially, the squadron, from Hereford, had been due to travel to Afghanistan to hunt Taliban leaders before they were ordered to turn their attentions to Isis…

I suspect the ISIS fanatics will be a lot less fanatical once they have to cope with elite troops.  So far they have been playing war games on a mostly unarmed and unskilled population.   Read more »

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Too drunk to drive?

The new lower alcohol limits for drink drivers is having its expected effect.  People who are perfectly fine to drive are now having to pay money.

Some drivers caught out by the new limit were “surprised” to discover they were too drunk to drive, he said.

At the weekend, Canterbury police launched an operation to crackdown on drink-drivers.

The total number of motorists caught drink-driving across the city was not available last night, but a checkpoint in Halswell tested 1763 drivers over a three-hour period with one driver returning an excess breath alcohol of over the old 400mcg limit, and three others giving a result of between 250mcg and 400mcg.

Canterbury police have vowed to test drivers at any time of day that they are pulled over.

Drivers who fail an alcohol test between the new and old limits avoid a criminal conviction but receive a $200 fine, 50 demerit points and are banned from driving for the next 12 hours.

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The problem with ‘ safe havens ‘

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The Tor Project- Screen Shot

When Kim Dotcom provided a Cyber ‘ warehouse ‘ for people to upload stuff it was a great idea that could be used legitimately. Of course it could also be used for illegitimate purposes and the most popular downloads which made his business the most money tended to be the illegitimate ones.His argument was that he was not responsible for pedophiles sharing child porn on his site or hackers uploading hacked information or movies or books etc that they had no rights to as he just provided the ‘ warehouse ‘ to store their criminal goods. A similar problem exists at The Tor Project which on the face of it sounds like a legitimate idea.

The Tor network provides a safe haven from surveillance, censorship, and computer network exploitation for millions of people who live in repressive regimes, including human rights activists in countries such as Iran, Syria, and Russia.

People like that do need protection and so this sounds like a great idea. One slight problem though, it sounds like a great idea to hackers and other criminals as well who of course also use the network. As a result of the illegitimate use, the network are now under attack, a cyber attack. According to one of the commenters on the site is is because…

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Bread wars

The two major supermarket chains are battling each other with $1 loaves of bread.  Queue the whiners…

One-dollar loaves of bread are flying off the shelves in the millions – but a bakers’ union says Kiwis’ love of a cheap deal could put jobs at risk.

Fierce competition between the country’s two main supermarket owners saw the price of bread drop to just $1 earlier this year.

As supermarkets indicate such pricing will continue, the Bakers and Pastrycooks’ Union has sounded the alarm about an industry “under siege”.

Secretary Norm Holley told the Herald that brands in the middle-to-upper price bracket were not selling as a result of the $1 deals.

As a result the country’s two biggest bakers had been cornered into a position where jobs could eventually be lost, he said.

However, Countdown says its $1 Homebrand breads are here to stay “for as long as possible”, and price drops on other brands have increased bread sales overall.

Mr Holley represents about 350-400 workers at the North Island bread plants of Goodman Fielder and George Weston Foods (Tip Top bakeries).

The two competitors are by far the biggest suppliers and between them produce dozens of bread brands as well as the $1 brands such as Budget and Homebrand.

As a rule of thumb, when a union complains, something good is going on.   Read more »

I don’t know, I think they’ve succeeded

Winner of “most ambiguous” headline of the year goes to:

failing teachers

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Who is paying for the Boagan’s $2.1 BILLION snatch?

business woman with lots of money

Everyone smart is running a mile from Michelle “The Boagan” Boag’s plan to snatch $2.1 billion in Vector shares from Aucklanders and South Aucklanders to give to Lyin’ Len Brown for him to build his trainset.

But one question is still be to explored. Who is paying The Boagan, 60? And who is paying her offsider Cedric “Senile” Allan, 102?

These people don’t do anything for free. The Boagan even got Doug Myers to pay her when she was running for National Party President.

The tipline is running hot with theories. Read more »

A thought about the feral “gamer” that bashed the baby’s skull in

Just to refresh your memory

Bird’s offending occurred on November 1, 2013, after the mother of the then nearly five-week-old baby boy had spent the night caring for her son at their Central Hawke’s Bay home.

She woke Bird about 6.30am and asked him to care for their baby, who was asleep in a bassinet, so she could rest, court documents said.

At some time between 6.30am and 10am, while the baby was in his sole care, Bird caused what a doctor said was “non-accidental trauma and extremely unusual for a five-week-old infant”.

It was also during this period that Bird, who is studying computer science at Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), began playing the graphic video game The Walking Dead.

The game is described online as a “survival game in the midst of a zombie apocalypse”. Read more »