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Photo Of The Day

PHOTO: Getty Images Thousands of people enjoy the water at the Chinese Dead Sea tourist resort as the outside temperatures reached 100 degrees on July 25, 2014 in Suining, China.

PHOTO: Getty Images
Thousands of people enjoy the water at the Chinese Dead Sea tourist resort as the outside temperatures reached 100 degrees on July 25, 2014 in Suining, China.

Chinese Tourists REALLY Love Their Swimming Pool At The ‘Daying Dead Sea’

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Face of the day

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Josh Maunsell’s Selfie stick

Today’s face of the day makes me shake my head in bewilderment…….

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Aussies are “rascals and cowards”

convictsI thought newspapers were supposed to tell us things we didn’t already know?

Australia is an outpost of “rascals and outlaws” that will soon adjust to the shifting realities of power, says a Chinese state-owned newspaper.

“Australia’s history is not short of records of human rights infringement on the Aboriginal population,” said the Global Times, China’s most popular tabloid, in an editorial published in the newspaper’s English and Chinese editions today.

“The country used to be a place roamed by rascals and outlaws from Europe,” it said. “Perhaps it has to boast its values to cover up its actual lack of confidence in front of Western countries.”

Well, hello.  We all know they’re of convict stock.  Nothing new there.   Read more »

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Jo Farrell Foot binding, the cruel practice of mutilating the feet of young girls, was once pervasive in turn-of-the-century China, where it was seen as a sign of wealth and marriage eligibility.

Photo: Jo Farrell
Foot binding, the cruel practice of mutilating the feet of young girls, was once pervasive in turn-of-the-century China, where it was seen as a sign of wealth and marriage eligibility.

The Last Living Women with Bound Feet

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Education: Quality vs Quantity

The Labour party has made a fundamental error with their education policy.

They have confused quality with quantity.

In their mad rush to appease the NZEI with increased teacher numbers they have failed to understand that there are literally hundreds of studies world-wide that show that reducing class sizes do almost nothing to increase the quality of outcomes.

Even Damian Christie understands this:

Studies show that by increasing the quality of the teacher, rather than some journeyman, union hack, and put them in front of the classroom, then that has much more of an impact than reducing class sizes. In Finland, the country Labour used to hold up as the example for education, they focused on quality and have a requirement that every teacher have a minimum of a Master level degree. Imagine the howls of outrage from teacher unions in NZ if a political party mandated that for teachers.

Which brings me to an email from a reader that explains what Labour have missed.

In Hi Cam,

I was an English teacher in China for a couple of years at a private school that taught classes spoken English in-house and away at local state schools. This was all prior to the 2008 Olympics.
Class sizes ranged from between 12 to 25 students in-house and averaged about 40 in the state schools.    Read more »

Chinese Businessmen’s donations to Labour down

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Paper bag

I am sad to report that the paper bag industry has taken a severe hit as Wealthy Chinese Businessmen in their hundreds are cutting back on their donations to the Labour Party this election year. ” I just can’t take the risk,” one well known owner of a business has said.” In China money can buy influence but here it gets the donor humiliated via the media because the Labour parties left hand does not know what the right is doing.”

“A friend of mine, ” he went on the say, “actually tried to assimilate to Kiwi ways and donated a few years back with out a paper bag at an auction. He purchased a bottle of organic grape juice for $86,250 and had a photo taken when it was presented to him by a Mr Barker. However

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Photo Of The Day

REUTERS/China Daily  A giant statue of Marilyn Monroe at a dump site in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang, Autonomous Region, China.

REUTERS/China Daily
A giant statue of Marilyn Monroe at a dump site in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang, Autonomous Region, China.

Marilyn ‘The Seven Year Itch’

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Face of the day

Rick Barker

Rick Barker

Rick Barker is face of the day because of his strange demands for an Affidavit before he will answer or discuss any queries to do with undeclared donations to Labour.

Responding to Herald questions yesterday, Mr Barker said he had a “growing frustration at the drip feed from Liu”.

“I have decided and advised other media that I am over fishing expeditions. Liu hurls accusations behind cover, protected by others and process,” the Hawkes Bay councillor said.

“If he has anything further to say about me, then he is to do so by way of a sworn affidavit. He can afford the legal cost,” Mr Barker said. “That way it’s open, upfront and should he say things that are untrue he can face the consequences of a legal response.”

He also said any further requests for comment should be accompanied by any affidavit signed by Liu.

This new standard that he is demanding will certainly make Journalists lives very difficult. If the new bench mark is that they must obtain an Affidavit from their source, BEFORE they can ask any questions it is going to make their jobs impossible.

Most people however can see this for what it is. A stalling tactic. I don’t think that they should let Rick Barker get away with his demands. The hypocrisy is astounding as his former colleague Trevor Mallard  is well known for hurling accusations behind cover, protected by parliamentary privilege.

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Comments of the Day

From Matthew Hooton to the whingers of the left:

What the left calls “the neoliberal experiment” the right believes is the most progressive set of policies ever to have been implemented in the history of the world, that has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in China, South East Asia and (more slowly) India, as opposed to the alternative approach that has caused misery in much of South America and Europe.
We believe that everyone in New Zealand has gained from the post-1984 consensus and that a shift to what Cunliffe proposes would harm everyone in New Zealand.
We may of course be wrong.
But we believe this quite passionately.
So why would anyone surprised that people on the right are prepared to fight hard to stay in power?
Just like Helen Clark sent Mike Williams to Australia to find dirt on John Key (for the same motives).
To quote Michael Cullen, this is about power in NZ.
To quote Tana Umaga, it’s not tiddlywinks.
Is National meant to find evidence that Cunliffe is at best a hypocrite or at worst a liar and say “oh well, jolly good, let’s more on”?
Get into the real world.
Even if the most sinister explanations for this letter becoming public are true, its all fair enough in war, love and politics.
And it will get worse for Labour when the rumoured $300k issue emerges.

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Two books, a bottle of wine and now a luxury cruise down the Yangtze River, what else is there?

The Donghua Liu saga rolls on for Labour with a luxury river cruise and dinner down the Yangtze river, another undeclared donation or pecuniary interest.

A former Labour Party Minister who was wined and dined by Donghua Liu on a boat cruise in China has challenged the wealthy businessman to go public about allegations of donations to the party.

The Herald revealed this week that Rick Barker was hosted by Liu at a lavish dinner in Chongqing in 2007 and also presented a bottle of wine to Liu’s partner as an auction prize at a Labour Party fundraiser.

Mr Barker was the Minister of Internal Affairs at the time but has said he was unaware that Liu was a donor when he visited his cement business in Chongqing and was a dinner guest.

Responding to Herald questions yesterday, Mr Barker said he had a “growing frustration at the drip feed from Liu”.

“I have decided and advised other media that I am over fishing expeditions. Liu hurls accusations behind cover, protected by others and process,” the Hawkes Bay councillor said.

“If he has anything further to say about me, then he is to do so by way of a sworn affidavit. He can afford the legal cost,” Mr Barker said. “That way it’s open, upfront and should he say things that are untrue he can face the consequences of a legal response.”

He also said any further requests for comment should be accompanied by any affidavit signed by Liu.

Sources say Liu paid $15,000 at an auction for a book signed by Helen Clark in 2007. But it is unclear how much Liu paid for the wine and Mr Barker said he presented auction prizes several times at Labour fundraisers.

However, Mr Barker confirmed that the dinner with Liu was on a boat cruise which travelled down the Yangtze River.

“It was a surprise to me when I arrived at the boat. There was no prior indication,” Mr Barker said. He was also surprised that staff members from the cement factory he visited earlier were also on the ship. “The front office. The management team. Production workers. Supervisors and technicians. Cleaners and security staff, it felt like everyone from the cement factory and their partners were there. I felt like an intruder on a staff function.”

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