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When hot water freezes faster than cold water, the effect is called “the Mpemba Effect”. It’s named after Tanzanian Erasto Mpemba who was originally ridiculed for bringing it up in class after noticing his warmer ice cream mix was freezing before the cooler batch (Source) Read more »

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Colin Craig’s lawyer got it wrong, writes a first year law student

This one is from the mailbag.  

Year 13 Student got it right, Mr Mills QC got it wrong. As a first year law student, she writes again.

Dear Sir

I believe that Mr Craig should be gracious in defeat as I wrote a letter to you previously that I believed that he had maliciously attacked you, and numerous others, but with him arguing that he had been defamed.

I was not surprised at the outcome with one exception, why the ceiling in damages?

Mr Craig attempting to have another High Court Judge review the findings of the jury is to merely limit the amounts of damages in the Williams matter, given that he faces a counterclaim from you on his defamation proceedings against you.

If I was advising Mr Craig I would try and negotiate a deal of $800k with Mr Williams, and an out of court settlement on costs, not admitting to indemnity payments.

If I was advising you I would argue a dollar per pamphlet as a minimum, and if the jury found exemplary damages were established on a civil threshold of beyond the balance of probabilities, I would seek a graduated scale per 10 thousand pamphlets similar to the Richter Scale, but I would refer to it as the Craig-scale. I would seek, if pushed to trial, a minimum of $10m, and if settled prior to trial $4m, reflecting that the settlement was evidence of his regret, and that the amount would remain confidential. Read more »

Trump exhibited that He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail

Gallup have done some polling around the Hillary/Trump presidential debate, and it has quantified what most of us have picked up instinctively.


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The New Zealand Labour Party was founded by racists

by idbkiwi

I am terribly sorry to bring such bad news, especially being the centenary of the Labour Party ‘n all, and I don’t wish to rain on their parade or to dampen the joyous, nation-wide, celebrations taking place to commemorate that be-specialled anniversary, but: The truth is that the New Zealand Labour Party was founded by racists and their favourite son, Saint Michael Joseph Savage, leader of the first Labour government, founder of the welfare state, who once quipped he may be more popular than God, was the worst racist of all.

I uncovered these lamentable facts following the exact same intellectually rigorous process used by Massey Agricultural College “academic” Stephen Elers recently when he applied his considerable mind to a piercing analysis of all utterances embarrassable to the man after whom the Agricultural College was named, that is to say: I saw it in an old newspaper.

Some of you may take heart from the fact that an Agricultural College “academic” can actually read, and that, therefore, the College is clearly fulfilling it’s function. But the pitfalls of reading are numerous, including the possibility of having one’s illusions shattered; as in discovering the racist and hateful speech of the Labour Party’s founders.   Read more »