July 2015

Friday nightCap

Exposing movie lies


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?

We put a Man on the Moon with 64k of Memory. (Source)

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Performance Pay in teaching?

What do we really value in society?



This will come in handy in Auckland

I’m going to try this out.  Looks cool and useful


Daily Roundup


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Think you can spot a liar? Take the test

Colin Craig

“That’s what political credibility is about. Who’s telling the truth? Am I honest or are they honest? We can’t both be right. The public do need to know.” -Colin Craig RadioNZ

QUESTION: How can you tell when a politician is lying?

ANSWER: His lips are moving.

Seriously though some of us have the skills to pick up when a person is lying.

Take this test to see how good you are at spotting a liar. Don’t worry if you don’t do well as it provides the correct answers at the end so that you can learn from your mistakes.

I scored 16 out of 18 so I am very good at spotting a liar.

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I will be discussing the test over the break so don’t read any further until you have completed the test as my discussion includes spoilers.

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Will David Parker now apologise after Police reject his vexatious complaint?

The police have cleared me of any wrong doing over David Parker’s vexatious complaint to Police.

A scumbag reporter at a newspaper reports:

Not so Dirty Politics after all.

That’s the message from police over a blogger accessing Labour Party computer systems to gather financial and membership details.

The country’s most senior detective Rodney Drew today told the Labour Party that “there is no evidence of criminal offending”.

“While the matter may raise privacy and ethical issues, these are not the domain of criminal law.”

It’s almost a year since details of the 2011 intrusion were described by journalist Nicky Hager in the controversial pre-election book Dirty Politics.

Hager wrote how Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater conspired with a staff member in the Prime Minister’s office, Jason Ede, to access Labour Party information through a hole in its website. He reported how Ede had avoided being identified by using a “dynamic IP address” which meant efforts to track him failed.

The details revealed in the book led to the Labour Party complaining it had been hacked, among other claims. The other matters were dismissed by police last year. The reason, in a letter from Mr Drew, was that the “only evidence being relied on was contents of Mr Hagar’s (sic) book and the entities and persons named did not want to pursue any action”.   Read more »

Clare Curran chucked under the bus in Labour plagiarism scandal

Clare Curran has drawn the short straw for Labour’s plagiarism scandal, admitting it was her who cut/pasted whole paragraphs from other media to claim as their own thoughts and ideas.

Accusations of plagiarism have been levelled at Labour, with passages in the party’s flagship “Future of Work” document appearing to have been copied directly from the Economist.

In his first major speech as Labour leader, Andrew Little announced a commission to look at the future of work and prepare the economy for the impact on jobs and job security of automation and technology.

Led by finance spokesman Grant Robertson, the commission released its technology paper on Thursday which, after feedback, will help form its policies for the 2017 election campaign.


A team of independent expert advisers was helping 10 MPs to investigate themes including the impact of new technology and demands for greater workplace flexibility.

It’s understood the passages in question were contributed by the party’s ICT spokeswoman, Clare Curran, who has apologised.

“A large number of documents were used during the research for this paper, from many sources over a period of weeks and months.

“These paragraphs should have been cited in the final text and I apologise for the oversight. The document has been updated on our website.”

Robertson did not immediately return calls for comment.

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