Tuesday nightCap

Berlin, not long after WWII ended.  Colourised.  Due to the Russian signs, I suspect the Russian quarter.



Today’s Trivia


via pitchfork.com

via pitchfork.com


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?


The San Benedicto Rock Wren went from non-endangered to extinct in the space of about a minute in 1952. (source)


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I suspect the adrenalin high is unbeatable


Thick as two planks, but at least he’ll never be lonely


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This is what happens when you bash wogs, abos, and boat people

Tony Abbott has had a dramatic turn around in the polls after he launched into wogs, abos, boat people and bludgers.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made up ground against Opposition Leader Bill Shorten but Labor continues to be ahead of the Coalition ahead of the next week’s critical federal budget.

A Newspoll, published by The Australian on Tuesday, shows Mr Abbott and Mr Shorten are now equally preferred PM by 38 per cent of voters each.

This is a large improvement for Mr Abbott who trailed Mr Shorten by 11 points in March.   Read more »

Chris Trotter kicks the liberal elite tossers in the goolies

Chris Trotter talks about the UK elections, but you could easily mistake his swipe at the liberal elite wankers running Labour over there for a swipe against the liberal elite wankers running Labour here.

WHETHER THE UNITED KINGDOM has a Labour Prime Minister by the end of this week remains to be seen. What cannot be disputed, however, is that among Labour’s traditional working-class constituency, much of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Government’s programme remains surprisingly popular.

Four out of five trade union members, for example, told pollsters that they thought the £26,000 cap on benefits was a good idea. Indeed, Matt Ridley, Member of the House of Lords and author of the bestselling book, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, reports that “Tory candidates out canvassing tell me they are finding that welfare reform, while horrifying the metropolitan elite, is most popular in the meanest streets — where people are well aware of neighbours who play the system.”

If this wasn’t true, it is hard to explain how, after five years of swingeing austerity, the Conservative Party is polling neck-and-neck with Ed Miliband’s Labour Party.

To hear the British Left tell it, the last five years have been an unmitigated social disaster. It’s a claim which, if true, would be propelling Labour towards a landslide electoral victory. But, if the experts are agreed on anything about the 7 May election, it’s that, outside of Scotland (where the Scottish National Party are poised to win every one of Scotland’s Westminster seats) it’s not going to be anyone’s sort of landslide.

When even unions are sick of welfare you know you are in trouble pushing it. Unions of course represent working people, which is what Grant Robertson was mentioning the other day….that Labour has been ignoring the working people while pander to bludgers and criminals.

What horrifies “metropolitan elites” has, however, come to dominate the policies of both the British and New Zealand Labour Parties. Highly educated and socially liberal, the party activists of both countries would rather see their parties split in two than endorse the “reactionary” views of their working-class supporters. That these views might be shared by sufficient voters to materially boost Labour’s chances of winning general elections deters them not one bit.

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What’s the point of reporting on these any longer?

Newstalk ZB “reports”:

A man has appeared in a district court facing sex charges.

A blanket suppression order has been put in place and will be argued in three weeks time.

The order not only covers the accused and the charges, but even the court he appeared in.

From now on, all people that get name suppression will have this standard “news” report

An individual that can’t be named appeared in court somewhere on charges that can’t be detailed.

I mean, what’s the point? Read more »