Investigative Journalist Nicky Hager “leaks” more data

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Journalist and Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager is expected to [continue to] drip feed spying revelations over the coming days.

They’re based on classified U.S. files leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and will show the extent of New Zealand’s foreign spying capabilities. Read more »

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Face of the day

 Erna Solberg

Erna Solberg

Erna Solberg  has been leader of the conservative party in Norway since 2004 and became Prime Minister in 2013 making her the second female Prime Minister of Norway.

Solberg has served as a member of the Storting since 1989 and served as Minister of Local Government and Regional Development in Bondevik’s Second Cabinet from 2001 to 2005. In her term as minister, she oversaw the tightening of immigration policy

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Interestingly Solberg was not as tough on immigration as she had been portayed as being back then in the media. She was called ” Jern-Erna ” or Iron Erna when she served as the Minister of local government and regional development 2001-2005 because of her alleged tough policies including a firm stance on asylum policy. However according to wiki the numbers show that her government actually let in thousands more asylum seekers than the subsequent centre-left red-Green government.

Even worse in 2003 She proposed introducing Islamic Sharia councils in Norway after she heard of their existence in the United Kingdom.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

xanthippe (noun) – 1. Any nagging, peevish, or irritable woman.
2. (Biography) the wife of Socrates, proverbial as a scolding and quarrelsome woman

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : also (incorrectly) Xantippe, late 16c., spouse of Socrates (5c. B.C.E.), the prototype of the quarrelsome, nagging wife. The name is related to the masc. proper name Xanthippos, a compound of xanthos “yellow” + hippos “horse”

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 4

15 Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving.

Wednesday nightCap

Brian Ferguson – archer

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Today’s Trivia

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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?  

When one hermit crab finds a bigger shell, a gang of them will sometimes form a “vacancy chain” in which they queue up from smallest to largest and all move one shell up. (source)   Read more »

The number of the beast

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Anybody seen this done in New Zealand?

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