June 2015

Tuesday nightCap

For some of us, this information has come along too late

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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?

When a bald eagle loses a feather, it will automatically shed the same feather on it’s other side to maintain balance. (source)

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Another one for the “I’ve never seen this before” file


The REAL sushi. From now on, the other stuff doesn’t exist


Daily Roundup


Do you want to tolerate this?

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UPDATED ** Was this student suspended because of the content of her Speech?

NZ High School student who claims to have been suspended because of a speech she made. -facebook

NZ High School student who claims to have been suspended because of a speech she made.

A High School student in a New Zealand High School appears to have been suspended for exercising her Freedom of speech. I was alerted to her situation via our tipline and below is her side of the story.

UPDATE: The Schools’s side of the story

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Plunket cleared for his attack on “ungrateful hua”

Sean Plunket has escaped sanction for his comments on Eleanor Catton:

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has rejected two complaints about Radio Live host Sean Plunket’s reaction to comments made by author Eleanor Catton.

In January this year, Plunket called Catton an “ungrateful hua” and a “traitor” for comments she made criticising the New Zealand Government while she was at a literary festival in India.

“Here’s the woman who’s a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and works at a publicly-funded institution, and has received a lot of financial help during her career to write things,” he said.

“Then she turns around and says, ‘I don’t get a fair crack’…

“That’s my opinion, that’s her opinion, we’re in a free country.”

The BSA received complaints that his comments were “bullying” and a personal attack on Catton.  Read more »

A good question but the answer is no

Richard Harman asks if a deal between Israel and Palestine will save McCully’s political reputation.

Beleaguered Foreign Minister Murray McCully, under fire in Wellington over the Saudi sheep deal, could yet emerge as a hero of the Israel/Palestine peace process.

His attempts to bring Israel and Palestine back to talks about recognising each other’s state are being widely reported in Israel.

And the Prime Minister, John Key, told his weekly post Cabinet Press Conference that New Zealand over recent months had been constantly looking for a way in which the Security Council could jump-start negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

New Zealand’s role depends on it assuming the Presidency of the Security Council on Wednesday and the fate of a French resolution on Israel/Palestine which is expected to be discussed by the Council.

There is also a question of timing with some argument that the peace process could not begin until talks with Iran over its nuclear capabilities and sanctions have been completed which is not expected till the end of the month.

Mr McCully, speaking last week, at the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said there was a general acceptance in New York that it would be unhelpful to have a new initiative come forward before the Security Council before the Iran talks were completed and that was scheduled to be the end of June.   Read more »