Daily dose of ARGH!!! – Up close and personal with a South African Great White

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Daily dose of OI!!! – another reason to hate cats

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Daily Roundup

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Jane Byrne proving the adage that you can never put the poo back in the donkey.

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ISIS adherents follow the instruction manual to the letter: welcome to the Dark Ages

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ISIS has released yet another barbaric video in which two suspected thieves are doused in red antiseptic solution before their left foot and right hand is chopped off with a meat cleaver.

Islamic State sympathisers who shared the grotesque footage online claim ‘two armed thieves attacked herders and stole livestock and cars’, supposedly in the Syrian city of Homs.

This latest display of cruelty comes just one day after the terror group shared a video of a man being thrown to his death from a tall building in Iraq for supposedly being gay.

These people simply have no intelligence.   Mob rule.  Fear controls.    And just to remind you, Labour and the Green Taliban don’t want New Zealand forces to be involved in trying to stop this barbarism, preferring us to stay well away, and take a few refugees.   Possibly those with hands and feet.   Read more »

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Oh say it ain’t so… Red Cross used to be a safe bet. Now what?

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes
Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Laura Sullivan, NPR

In late 2011, the Red Cross launched a multimillion-dollar project to transform the desperately poor area, which was hit hard by the earthquake that struck Haiti the year before. The main focus of the project — called LAMIKA, an acronym in Creole for “A Better

Life in My Neighborhood” — was building hundreds of permanent homes.

Today, not one home has been built in Campeche. Many residents live in shacks made of rusty sheet metal, without access to drinkable water, electricity or basic sanitation. When it rains, their homes flood and residents bail out mud and water.

The Red Cross received an outpouring of donations after the quake, nearly half a billion dollars.

Whenever disaster strikes, the safe bet was to give your money to the Red Cross, because “at least you knew it would go where it was needed”.

That trust, that brand, that loyalty has taken a huge hit – perhaps damaged beyond repair   Read more »

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Chuck and Cammi are coming. Are you excited?

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Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit Australia and New Zealand in November, their second trip Down Under together.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall last visited in November 2012 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Clarence House said in a statement on Friday, announcing the upcoming visit.

It said further details of the visit would be announced at a later date.

Charles was embroiled in controversy earlier this year when the Supreme Court ordered the release of a batch of his private letters to government ministers after The Guardian newspaper applied to see the correspondence, against the prince’s will. Read more »

Minister of Housing issues statement: I am not responsible for Auckland house prices

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Good grief.  Has it come to this?  Explaining is losing.  Making excuses for something you aren’t even responsible for?  That’s top grade losing.

Opposition parties are piling pressure onto Housing Minister Nick Smith after the average Auckland house value rose by $74,000 in just three months.

The Massey University report revealed the city’s 56 percent less affordable than the New Zealand average, and on track to get worse.

Labour and the Greens are placing the blame squarely on Dr Smith, but he says it’s not his fault. Read more »

iPhone users waste police time and taxpayers’ money

via Japan Trends

via Japan Trends

Police have warned people not to accessorise with an iPhone case which makes the user look like they are holding a gun – or they could find themselves behind bars.

The phone case has already attracted criticism in the United States and after hearing it could be ordered online and shipped to New Zealand, police here have reiterated their concerns.

Inspector Jason Ross, response manager at police national headquarters, said “on the face of it” the phone case would be regarded as an imitation gun and police would treat it as such until proven otherwise. Read more »

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