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I didn’t think I’d watch it all, but in the end I couldn’t look away


Today’s Trivia


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?

Since the 12th century, Judaism believes that if the truths derived through science or philosophy contradict religious beliefs, the religious beliefs are incorrect. (source) ¬† Read more »



Ride to live: Target fixation


Daily roundup


Even better.. this is from “Think Tank Technology”. ¬†They are so good, they can’t even show their own product being used on the box.

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Et Tu Fisher?

“Et tu, Brute?” (pronounced […õt ňątuňź ňąbruňźt…õ]) is a Latin phrase meaning “and you, Brutus?” or “and you, too, Brutus?”, purportedly as the last words of the Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus at the moment of his assassination. The quotation is widely used in Western culture to signify the utmost betrayal by an unexpected person, such as a friend.



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Green MP thinks homeopathy will help with Ebola, signs petition


Steffan Browning is a dangerous luddite from the Green party, not only is he a trougher, but he is also potentially very dangerous in that he has signed a petition supporting the treatment of Ebola victims with nothing but water homeopathy.

Green Party MP Steffan Browning has signed a petition calling for the World Health Organisation to use homeopathic remedies to treat the deadly Ebola virus, a move he now says was “unwise”.

The online petition on calls for the World Health Organisation to end the suffering of the Ebola crisis by testing and distributing homeopathy as quickly as possible to contain the outbreaks.

Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine, which claims to stimulate the body to heal itself through a natural process.¬† Read more »

Has Bill Burrill been economical with the truth regarding his land sale?

Where there is smoke there is fire.

Earlier this week former Auckland Regional Councillor Bill Burrill was bleating to the NZ Herald that he was the unfortunate victim of rates rises and that he was pushed off his land forcing a sale of $39m.

But we have discovered that Burrill is frugal with the truth and hasn’t been living on the Flatbush land for over a decade.

In the NZ Herald Burrill was quoted as saying¬†“Essentially the rates pushed us off. I sold it out of frustration,” he said bitterly, having moved 15km away to Mellons Bay …

Burrill has decried his plight, unable to subdivide nor to afford to stay.

“You end up in a situation where you’re absolutely stuck.¬†You’re paying rates but unable to do anything with the land,” he complained.

But hang on…Burrill says he couldn’t afford to stay on the land.

But he hasn’t lived on the land since 2003. Further into the Herald article Mr Burrill is quoted as saying:

“Burrill bought in Mellons Bay because he had always wanted to hear the waves at night: “It doesn’t feel a lot different. It just means I’m not paying those horrific rates.”

But Burrill has lived on his property in Mellons Bay since 2003 paying $2 million for 1824 sqm of cliff top luxury. The Burrills were not pushed off their land by rates recently at all and nor were they struggling to pay the rates. The truth is that the Burrills chose to leave it some time ago, most likely leveraging against the already high value of their farmland in Flatbush.

But this is where the story gets murkier. Both Burrills were at various points of time – Councillors – on two of the most strategically important Council’s relative to their land holdings. Bill was 18 years on the ARC until it was dissolved (thus since 1992). Maggie on Manukau City Council until it was dissolved. Both have been (and perhaps still are) certified by the MFIE as Commissioners able to make planning decisions such as Plan Changes. In 2010 Maggie Burrill sat as Commissioner on the PC30 plan change for the expansion of Beachlands. Both are sophisticated, skilled and in positions of influence.¬† Read more »