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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?

Dark chocolate (70% cacao or more) and cheese actually protect your teeth. (Source)

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Evolution of the holiday snap

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Great Barrier Island, Aliens, the Pope and Great Barrier Island

Aliens will be on the agenda when Great Barrier Island, population 939, brings the Pope’s astronomer and other top scientists to a quirky public event.

The one-day festival, called “Is There Life out There?”, follows a similar event last year that was organised by the island-based Awana Rural Women group and attracted around 12 per cent of Great Barrier’s residents.

But the coming summit, planned for mid-September, would be a stellar step up, with the speakers list including Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, top US planetary scientist Dr Faith Vilas, and Gino Acevedo, the Weta Digital creative art director behind such films as Avatar and King Kong.

Also on the bill is Auckland University of Technology microbiologist Professor Steve Pointing, who has worked with Nasa in researching extreme lifeforms that can survive in polar cold and desert heat.

The group’s president, Gendie Somerville-Ryan, chuckled when asked how these heavyweights had been pulled to such a remote spot.

“Well, it’s just never good luck is it?”

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Why should you care about Auckland’s Unitary Plan?

Especially if you don’t live in Auckland.  Apart from the fact that Auckland is large enough to affect the economy and lives of the rest of the country, your city and regional councils will be required to one one of their own.

Todd Niall has provided a handy overview of what a Unitary Plan is meant to achieve.

1. What’s the Unitary Plan?

It’s the rulebook for Auckland’s future development, and replaces dozens of old plans and strategies covering everything from environmental and heritage protection, to – contentiously – where higher density housing and urban sprawl will be allowed. It’s the biggest single planning change in Auckland’s history.

2. What happens today?

An Independent Hearings Panel has listened to 249 days of submissions after which it re-wrote the plan proposed to it in 2013 by the council. It was presented to council management last Friday, and after days of analysis by planners, will be explained to councillors today, then released publicly.

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A new search engine for independent media

I can no longer ignore the censorship that is now happening on all the social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Even Google my favourite search engine has been accused of censorship. Conservative viewpoints in particular are being silenced, Milo Yiannopoulos the latest Conservative/Libertarian voice to be banned for life from Twitter.

Criticism of Islam, and any material that would expose or question the status quo is now being censored or discriminated against. For example YouTube will take away the monetization of a popular YouTube channel if they don’t want people to view it. This is a very underhanded form of discrimination as it is invisible to the viewing public who don’t know what is going on behind the scenes. Cutting off the financial blood supply to the content providers is almost as effective as taking the videos down or censoring their content.

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Screenshot from YouTube video where 16 year old German girl explains what life is like for her after mass muslim migration

I read recently that,  was created for independent media as a google alternative. It claims to be a propaganda-free search portal.

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