Want to know the truth about banning animal tested products?

Another great job by Whaleoil Ground Crew research crew:

Another Labour policy fail!

See the product list below, if David Cunliffe is allowed to ban cosmetics tested on animals, this extensive list of products will no longer be available to us.
How will retailers feel about having all these products pulled off their shelves!
The consumer will just seek out overseas Internet stores to purchase their products from, though that to may be illegal.
Not to mention staff losing their jobs, can’t get paid if no stock to sell!
Did they really think this through?
 “Labour will ensure that no make-up sold in this country has been tested on animals by formally prohibiting it in New Zealand. We will also prohibit the sale of imported cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Legislation enacting Labour’s policy will be restricted to cosmetics, toiletries and fragrance. It will not affect medicines. 
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Stinky farts are saving your life


Speaking of research, turns out that letting them rip under the blankets and sharing the love is actually extending people’s life span.

[S]cientists out of the University of Exeter insist that smelling farts could actually prevent cancer,among other diseases.

“Although hydrogen sulfide gas”—produced when bacteria breaks down food—”is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases,” Dr. Mark Wood said in a university release.

Although the stinky gas can be noxious in large doses, the researchers seem to think that a whiff here and there has the power to reduce risks of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, arthritis, and dementia by preserving mitochondria.

Just to think, all these years, I’ve been making my family healthier.  I feel so good.


- Laura Stampler, Time


iPads in schools cost Los Angeles schools over a $1billion and now they are ditching the project

Labour launched their schools policy and one of the key planks was their free loan scheme for iPads.

Sounds good right?

I mean nowhere else in the world has ever tried doing this have they?

Labour really cracked out an innovative policy this time didn’t they?

Nope on all three counts.

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s plan to give every child an iPad—at a cost of $1 billion to taxpayers—drew universal criticism after numerous problems arose. For one thing, when the devices were broken, lost, or stolen, it wasn’t clear whether parents, the schools, or the kids themselves were responsible. Tech-savvy students easily broke through the firewalls administrators had installed to keep them from using the devices to visit social media websites. This prompted some schools to prohibit the use of the iPads at home, when students are away from teacher supervision, even though one of the major intended functions of the iPad program was to give kids a homework aid.

The entire thing was an unmitigated disaster—a clear example of real life trumping the good intentions of bureaucrats

But LAUSD has clearly learned its lesson, right? Wrong:

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Labour’s education ipad policy backtrack has begun

Yesterday it was free ipads for all school kids. Then Davide Cunliffe went on The Nation and gave a rather confusing answer to questions about the policy that was seeded with media as being free.

PG: Let’s turn now and talk policy, education, a policy out today you want every student from intermediate upward to have a tablet, to have an iPod?

DC: Absolutely, from year 5 to 13 under a Labour led government, every student will have their own personal digital device, it will be subsidised for parents to get into and there’ll be a very low cost payment plan with a hardship fund for those larger families who perhaps couldn’t afford it.

PG: So how will that payment plan work?

DC: You get a hundred dollars up front from the government, you buy a very low cost device which we are able to purchase in bulk, you pay based on the Manaiakalani model which is working in Point England in Auckland at the moment, about $3.50 a week for which you get service, insurance and out of school access to the Internet.

PG: So how many tablets are you talking?

DC: Oh, we’re talking enough for every student in the country.

PG: Do you know how many?

DC: We’ve based it on an estimate of 70-percent of pupils taking this up.

PG: So how many?

DC: I’ll come back to you with the exact numbers. I’m not going to give you an exact number-

PG: And how much is it going to cost?

DC: It’ll cost 19-million dollars in the first year, 41-million of operating expense in the second year and then cruises down to about 30 million a year after that.

PG: Because looking at this, this is universal isn’t it, iPads basically?

DC: They’re not necessarily iPads. In Manaiakalani they’ve used chrome books or notebooks.

PG: Every kid gets a tablet, son and daughter gets a tablet.

DC: Not necessarily a tablet. You want the best learning device at the best cost.

PG: Everybody gets a computer

DC: Everybody gets a computer. Some kids will have their own.

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Just a fun piece of writing

Occasionally you see some good stuff in a newspaper.  Something that hasn’t been through the spin cycle and us just a roaring good read.

Talia Shadwell, thanks for bringing several smiles to my face today

Police officers have filthy mouths, and Khandallah schoolgirl Sarah Scott can prove it – even though her dog ate some of the evidence.

Her science project investigation into whether police dogs or their handlers have more bacteria in their mouths has won her a chance to compete in a science and technology fair – but it also produced some disturbingly close results.

Sarah, 11, of St Benedict’s School, examined bacteria from the mouths of eight police dogs and their handlers. Fortunately for the handlers’ reputations, their mouths proved cleaner than the dogs, but only just.

Sarah’s project won her school science competition – despite her jack russell Rupert climbing on to the dining table and eating four of the samples just two weeks before the project was due.

His behaviour was not only unhelpful, but pretty gross, Sarah said.

“Those petri dishes were smelly and they had heaps of bacteria.”

The dog handlers helped Sarah out by repeating the experiment, swabbing their dogs’ mouths to avoid Sarah being bitten.

She said she was very grateful for their help.

“I feel that they dedicated a lot of time to my project and helped me a lot.”

Six-year-old Rupert, however, was collared for destroying evidence – incriminated by photographs of broken petri dishes at the “crime scene”.

For ethical reasons, Sarah, who hopes to become a vet, refused to entertain The Dominion Post’s questions about which of the eight Wellington police officers involved in her research had the worst breath.

However, she did reveal police dog Link had the highest oral bacterial count – and that the dogs proved the most obedient research subjects.

Link’s handler, Wellington police dog section head Senior Sergeant Mark Davidson, said he was proud of his “top dog”. He and his colleagues who volunteered to take part in Sarah’s project admired her work ethic.

“To get up in front of a bunch of hairy-arse dog handlers and get her spiel across takes a huge amount of courage for a young kid. She did great.”

Speaking of dogs, did you know there is such a thing as dog racism?  Katy Waldman has that story   Read more »


Telecom it was, Telecom it will be


Truth be told, I’ve always been someone to buck a trend.  And this whole Telecom / Spark rebranding exercise is motivating me to do it again.

Telecom will change its name to Spark on August 8 – and will have a new ticker code on the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges from then.

Spark New Zealand will have the following core business units and brands:   Read more »


Massive Underground City Uncovered!!!

Guest post

Professor Luis Forchi has uncovered a massive subterranean city in Brazil.

The Megapolis is an architectural marvel with highways and side roads connecting each chamber. Tunnels span most of the city and ensure good ventilation and provide the shortest transport routes ‘everything looks like it was built by an architect, a single mind’. The entire structure covers 50 square meters, and goes 8 meters into the earth. ‘It is the equivalent of building the Great Wall of China, a wonder of the world.

The customer is always right. Yeah… Nah.



National don’t get social media either… #juststop

Today, some flunky at the end of John Key’s Twitter account live tweeted every line from Key’s keynote as individual tweets.


As a result, anything else in the timeline of those that follow Twitter was completely downed out.   Twitter isn’t meant to be used this way.  It annoys people, and it shows a total lack of understanding (and respect) for people’s time.   Read more »

Face of the day

Female Announcer robot

Female Announcer robot

Look out overpaid TV stars – here is the news… with an ANDROID! World’s first robotic broadcasters are so lifelike they can read reports without stumbling

The Kodomoroid and Otonaroid droids were revealed at Tokyo Museum
Both droids have silicone skin, artificial muscles and are remote-controlled
The creepy-looking robots speak so smoothly they are eerily lifelike
In a demonstration, robots read the news and interacted with the audience
There were some glitches such as lips not moving while one robot spoke

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